Chancellor's Seminar Series

Chancellor's Seminar Series

The Chancellor's Seminar Series provides an opportunity to examine timely topics and exchange ideas.

The series gathers students, faculty, staff, business leaders, elected officials and community members on campus for an in-depth conversation about a topic of current interest or concern.


March 7, 2014: The Murrow Interview (event has passed)

The Chancellor’s Seminar Series welcomes the Murrow Interview—an innovative series of conversations with influential figures and newsmakers.

The interview will feature Lawrence Pintak, founding dean and professor for The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at WSU Pullman, interviewing Dan Fletcher, co-founder of Beacon, a startup that connects readers and writers to fund journalism. The pair will discuss where the news business is headed in the new digital universe.

The program will be a one-on-one interview taped in front of a live audience. It will be shot live-to-tape and will air on the WSU Murrow Public Media network (NWPR and WSU PBS stations), and possibly others in the region.

Lawrence Pintak is a veteran of more than 30 years in journalism on four continents who now writes and lectures on America’s relationship with the Muslim world, the role of the media in shaping global perceptions and government policy, and the future of journalism in a digital/globalized world.

Dan Fletcher began his career as TIME’s first social media editor, where he covered technology for the website and magazine, and launched TIME’s NewsFeed site. In 2011, Fletcher moved to Bloomberg News and created the editorial social media team for Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Businessweek. After joining Facebook in 2012, Fletcher led the team that created Facebook Stories, an editorial platform to explore the impact of social media around the world.

The Murrow Interview will be followed by the Chancellor’s Seminar Series sponsored luncheon at which Dan Fletcher will take questions from the audience.


November 1, 2013: The Hospitality Industry (event has passed)

Hear about the booming hospitality industry and WSU Vancouver's new degree program that will serve it.

Watch the recorded November 1 Chancellor's Seminar Series

Join George Schweitzer, hospitality industry executive, for a discussion about the hospitality industry in our region; and Nancy Swanger, director and associate professor of the School of Hospitality Business Management in the WSU College of Business.

Schweitzer will discuss the drivers of regional growth in the hospitality industry and how this benefits the economy as a whole. Swanger will offer perspectives on the expansion of the hospitality business management program to WSU Vancouver.

WSU executive chef Jamie Callison will be present for a signing of his new cookbook, “The Crimson Spoon.” The 200-page, photo-illustrated cookbook features many of Callison’s highly acclaimed gourmet dishes and recipes that have long been favored among guests attending WSU’s world-class events. Recipes range from extravagant to simple and draw from each area of WSU’s food resources, such as the Organic Farm and Creamery, as well as from the Pacific Northwest. “The Crimson Spoon” will be available for sale for $38.