Welcome to Global Connections
Global Connections brings engaging co- and extra-curricular events to Global Campus students—free and online. Through Global Connections you can connect with peers and expert presenters via webinars, livestreamed events, academic contests, and activities.
Meet other Global Campus students and test your knowledge during the next online trivia night! The student selected topic this session is the 1990s! Prove how well you remember the decade that gave us grunge, the World Wide Web, and Dolly the sheep at 7 p.m. on March 27.
Here’s how it works: Participants will be randomly placed into virtual teams with fellow Global students. Teams will be given a question and can collaborate to determine their answer by mic or chat. At the end, each member of the team with the most correct answers wins a $10 eGift card for Amazon!
Join Julia Schonert, instructor at WSU’s Carson College of Business and senior organizational development consultant, to learn the simple principles expert communicators use to improve communication through regular feedback. With the skills you gain from this live webinar, you’ll never have to avoid telling someone “the truth” again. At 6:30 p.m. on March 28, learn what feedback is, how to receive it, how to give feedback to superiors, peers and direct reports, and how to reduce defensiveness. You’ll also learn a few strategic phrases to get you started.
The distinguished keynote speaker of WSU’s Week of Women in STEM is Gerri Martin-Flickinger, the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Starbucks. Under her leadership, Starbucks Technology is focused on delivering innovative, cloud-based and digital solutions that empower partners and delight customers globally. Prior to Starbucks, Gerri served as Chief Information Officer at Adobe, VeriSign, Network Associates, Inc. and McAfee Associates, Inc. A ’85 graduate of WSU with a B.S. in Computer Science, Gerri will discuss how she overcame challenges in her career and give advice to those interested in pursuing a career in STEM.
At this livestreamed event, audience members and those participating online will have the opportunity to submit questions to Gerri during the Q&A.
At 5 p.m. on April 4, the Week of Women in STEM Panel Discussion will address topics from how to get started in the field to tips on work-life balance. This livestreamed panel will be moderated by Dr. Noel Schultz, a professor in the WSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the university’s Frist Lady. The panelists include:
- Tiffany Ludka-Gaulke, MD, Physician at Providence Medical Group, WSU alumna, ‘04 Honors and Neuroscience
- D. Joshi, PhD, Professor and Chair, Carson College of Business, Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship
- Julie Averill, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, lululemon athlectica, inc, and Washington STEM Board Member
- Leen Kawas, PhD, CEO & President, M3 Biotechnology, WSU alumna, ’11 Neuroscience
- Tracy Roberts, M.S., Mission Support Alliance, Electrical Engineer, WSU alumna, EE
Online participants will be able to submit questions to the panelists during this livestreamed event.
Run away to the circus of 1932 by reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen with fellow Global Campus students. Join Global Connections program coordinator— and book enthusiast— Kaitlin Hennessy to discuss this novel during the Online Fiction Book Club. The Washington Post promises that “You’ll get lost in the tatty glamour of Gruen’s meticulously researched world, from spangled equestrian pageantry and the sleazy side show to an ill-fated night at a Chicago speak-easy.”
The first 15 WSU Global Campus students who sign up for the online book club will be mailed a free copy of Water for Elephants!
Book club gatherings will be held in the online BlackBoard Collaborate Ultra room on:
- April 9 at 7 p.m., Chapters 1-12
- April 26 at 7 p.m., Entire Book
Kaitlin will bring book topics to chat about as well as share interesting Water for Elephants-related news, articles, and information. Feel free to bring anything you’d like to talk about, or just show up for casual conversation. Students have the option to discuss the book via chat or microphone during meetings.