The University is thankful for each award winner and nominee. Together, let’s applaud their efforts to make WSU a better place.
Cougar Health Services (all clinical staff)
While the majority of WSU staff worked remotely last year, CHS clinical staff members continued to work in-person to care for student patients. This academic year, they have worked unpaid overtime to help students stay healthy and ensure that the campus can safely remain open during the pandemic.
Operations and safety coordinator
College of Arts & Sciences
Trent assembled the college’s Accident Prevention Program, key to running research, teaching, and outreach endeavors safely. He also developed content for the college’s new safety website. He is an ongoing member of the Facilities Liaison committee and Level 2 Employee and Construction Safety Committee, and serves as the college’s COVID-19 coordinator.
School of Music
Shaun has enabled musicians to safely perform in concert on the WSU campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. He works collaboratively to seek creative solutions to students’ needs. Shaun stays up to date on COVID mitigation protocols and communicates with performers if changes arise. He keeps a positive outlook and friendly demeanor while juggling many tasks.
Teaching assistant professor
College of Nursing, WSU Health Sciences Spokane
By increasing access to COVID-19 vaccinations, Kay has advanced the health and safety of the entire community. She managed mass vaccination clinics at the Spokane Arena and has since worked tirelessly to coordinate community vaccination clinics. Her community health students are leaders in the vaccination movement because of her mentorship.
University Recreation, WSU Vancouver
As the campus recreation coordinator, Cambri organizes programs that improve mental health and leads outdoor recreation trips designed to improve physical health. She often prioritizes the needs of students above her own.
Electronics technician 3
Robert maintains fire safety and security systems throughout the Pullman campus. He teamed with local fire and public safety officials to test systems in new buildings. He also implemented a safe operating procedure for elevator pits. His proactive discovery of a frozen sprinkler line may have spared a building from flooding and extensive damage.
A participant in the police cadet program, Behnam has volunteered to provide security at WSU concerts and sporting events as part of a uniformed presence. He is committed to ensuring the safety of the students, staff, and community members who attend.
Industrial Hygienist 3
Don manages chemical waste at WSU, providing guidance to researchers, graduate students, and contractors, and responding in the event of a chemical release. He has worked overtime and weekends to maintain services while also addressing COVID-19 requirements. He led efforts to make, bottle, and distribute hand sanitizer and disinfectants across the WSU system.
School of Biological Sciences
As Safety Committee chair, Glenn has played a key role in addressing workplace safety and security issues. During the COVID-19 lockdown, he regularly checked labs to ensure that vital scientific equipment remained operational. He acquired protective equipment to keep researchers safe and helped address the challenges of social distancing in common areas.
Director of health, ASWSU
Conner serves as a bridge between students and Cougar Health Services. Passionate about health issues, he hopes to attend medical school. He works hard—and pays particular attention to detail—to connect students with health care resources and mentors.
Director of safety, ASWSU
Nuthaphol (Kody) has showed exemplary leadership in his role with ASWSU. He regularly seeks ways to address student safety concerns, such as exploring ways to improve safety on Stadium Way. He has initiated regular meetings with university administrators to forge solutions. The impact of his work may last for years to come.
By addressing health and safety concerns, Dr. Newlon has enabled education abroad programs to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic. She implemented a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all participating WSU students and improved risk-management procedures to protect participants in faculty-led programs abroad.
The WSU Safety Awards Committee appreciates all of the nominations submitted this year. The list of highly qualified and highly deserving candidates made for a difficult selection process.
Cougar Health Services (all clinical staff)
Tricia E. Duffy
Dr. Nanda Grow
Dr. Patience McGinnis
Dr. Kelly Newlon
Stacey Smith Colon
Dr. Sara Waters