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WOW Academic Kickoff with the ASCC

Still Deciding on your Major? Come join us in the Academic Success and Career Center for our Week of Welcome Academic Kickoff to explore opportunities to join the WSU community.

Meet other students who are exploring WSU majors, learn about resources and other ways to help you in your decision-making process – and enjoy Ferdinand’s ice cream! Participation enters you into a drawing for WSU swag and other first-semester essentials at WSU.

Meet us on Terrell Mall, August 19th between 2:00 and 3:50 p.m. for a walking guide to the ASCC or meet us directly in Lighty 180

2021 Student Employment Job Fair

This year’s Week of Welcome Student Employment Fair will welcome on-campus employers and our Pullman area employers to campus to share their open positions.


  • Student Employment Fair
  • August 17
  • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Glenn Terrell Mall

Student can research employment options available to them ahead of time by checking out the event on Handshake. For more information on working for WSU, please visit


2021 Virtual Etiquette Dinner

This year’s Virtual Etiquette Dinner was held April 22 via Zoom. Students from Pullman, Tri-Cities and Everett were able to participate in the meal portion and join our host, Jesse Aspuria, for his talk on etiquette in the virtual age. More than 100 students, staff and faculty tuned in to his speech from our Global, Everett, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Spokane and Pullman campuses. The following article was published April 15, 2021.


Each year, Washington State University students are offered seats at the popular Etiquette Dinner to learn best practices for making a good impression when interviewing for jobs and internships. But this year’s event on April 22 has a few new items on the plate, said Tyler Barstow, career and employer relations liaison for the hosting Academic Success and Career Center (ASCC).

“In a typical year, students in their best business clothing join hosts at white-linen-draped tables in the Compton Union Building (CUB) for an evening of fine dining plus tips from a guest expert on everything from which-fork-to-use-when to what-to-wear-to-an-interview. This year, when WSU classes are primarily online and everyone is distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to forge ahead and offer a familiar—but unique—student experience, and registration is open through April 16.”

Three-course meals-to-go in Pullman

“Pullman students registered for the dinner by the deadline can still enjoy great food at the April 22 event, but instead of dining in person, they will pick up pre-packaged, three-course meals from the CUB that they can heat and eat during the 5:00-6:30 p.m. program. Availability of the meals is on a first-come, first-served basis, but everyone attending will get great information they can use,” Barstow said.

The meals are possible thanks to a grant from the CougParents Program.

The Pullman menu includes such items as Arcadian mixed greens with poached pears and Cougar cheese, sous vide pot roast with charred herb carrots and caramelized cipollini or no-meat-loaf with rosemary butter potatoes and mushroom demi, and coconut shortcake with ginger-infused peaches and citrus Chantilly cream.

Etiquette Dinner is university wide

Barstow said that another difference this year is that—also for the first time—the Etiquette Dinner will be open to students across the university. Students at WSU campuses in Spokane, Everett, Vancouver, and the Tri-Cities, as well as Global Campus students, are invited to the program.

“One of the advantages to hosting an event online is that we can extend the program to students at a distance from Pullman, and we are excited to  be able to use technology to welcome them to the event,” said Barstow. “Some campuses are considering providing meals to their students, but plans are still coming together campus-by-campus.”

Appreciated opportunity

“Partnering with Pullman and across campuses for this event has helped increase programming bandwidth in a year that has been challenging for all of us with the pandemic,” said Kristine Cody, assistant director of career services at WSU Tri-Cities. “We’re grateful for this virtual and customizable opportunity to reach our students on an increasingly important topic – professionalism in a remote or hybrid setting.

“Any opportunity we have to facilitate students engaging with employers and alumni is a win for us. When students can learn from experts in the field, and see concepts come to life, it increases their confidence and ability to see themselves reaching their career goals.”

“It’s a great function for students, one where they will learn plenty and be helped to become a confident participant in somewhat-formal environments,” said Jacqueline Schneider, access and career services manager at WSU Health Sciences Spokane.

Schneider said, “I know the students will enjoy is the program about employment. I can talk to them but it’s more believable to have an employer talk to them directly. It resonates more.”

Guest speaker alumnus Jesse Aspuria

The featured guest speaker for the Etiquette Dinner is Marriott International Senior Account Executive for Global Accounts Jesse Aspuria (’04 Hospitality Business Management).

“I’ve often returned to WSU to recruit at ASCC’s Career Expos, but this time the purpose is quite different—I’m very honored to be speaking remotely to hundreds of future working professionals about how to get started on their career, what it takes to succeed, and what interviews are really like—all with an eye on nuances brought about by the pandemic,” said Aspuria.

Aspuria said he’ll draw a lot of material from his own experiences. As an undergraduate, he spent a year leading the Associated Students of WSU as student body president where he interfaced regularly with legislators, university and state officials, and students, and championed initiatives covering such topics as diversity awareness, student concerns, and student fees.

He was president of his Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity, worked as a then Call-a-Coug student fundraiser, studied abroad in Italy, and served in two hospitality internships. He has invested his entire 16-year professional career since graduation into Marriott International, and lives in Seattle with his wife Rachel and daughter Ruby.

“I plan to approach my message from two sides—that of being an employer as well as an employee,” said Aspuria. “Of course, I’ll touch on how to function in a virtual interview, which I think is going to be the new normal, pandemic or not.

“Actually, I think my entire program can be summarized with two words: be prepared.  For everything.”

Small-group, guided career discussions

Barstow said that in addition to Aspuria’ s presentation, the dinner hour-and-a-half will allow attendees to engage in discussions with career coaches and staff in Zoom breakout rooms, said Barstow.

He said that students from all campuses may sign up on the Handshake student job program and register online to attend the etiquette dinner.

ASCC is a program in the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President.

Budget Like a Boss with Fisher Investments

Join Fisher Investments, and learn how to Budget like a Boss! You will leave this presentation having a better focus on how you can take action towards understanding and organizing your finances so that you can have a better sense of control.
Fisher Investments is not your typical financial services company. We consider ourselves industry pioneers and pride ourselves in our specialized business model and innovative approach. We believe this creates value not only for our clients, but also for our employees, through the provision of a challenging and rewarding work environment. And we’ve been recognized for the ways in which we value our employees including being a Great Place to Work certified in 2020 and for the past several years. We’ve grown significantly over the past decade and are now searching for highly talented and motivated individuals to join our teams in our Portland Metro, Tampa and Dallas Metro offices.
Register on Handshake for Zoom connection information

Job Seeker Workshop for December Grads

The ASCC is excited to partner with Insight Global to offer a virtual workshop specifically designed for recent graduates and job seekers! Insight Global is a top performing Talent Solutions Company in North America, making over 40,000 placements annually for Fortune 500 companies. In this workshop, Insight Global’s Corporate Trainers will cover what employers look for when it comes to resume building, creating your brand, and virtual interviewing tips. 

If you have yet to secure a position post-graduation, and are looking for advice from industry experts, please join us for this workshop!

Professional Networking Series

Winter break is a great time to build your professional network by connecting with individuals in your field and industry. Learn from our professional employers, staff and students how to network in today’s virtual environment by learning from their experience and sharing strategies and tips

Part 1: Success Stories

Thursday, Nov. 12 4:10 pm to 5:00 pm

This panel will feature WSU students who have used networking to further their careers. From internships across the country, to dining with the WSU President, you can learn how far your network you build now can take you.


Part 2: Effective Strategies

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 4:10 pm to 5:00 pm


This panel of employers and campus career staff will share strategies for develkoping your own powerful connections during the Winter Break.

Our guest panel includes:
Marnie Petek, E & J Gallo Winer
Marnie started her career at E & J Gallo Winery 10 years ago when she was hired out of the University of Idaho’s Career Fair to join their Sales Leadership Development Program. Marnie is passionate about her family and her dog, Rex.
Sammie Walsh, Insight Global
Sammie has been working at Insight Global for several years, and actively recruits at WSU.
Marla Meyer, Carson College of Business
Marla works as an accounting advisor in the Carson College of Business Department of Accounting, providing students with career and student employment resources.

CCC Events in October

The Cougar Career Community is continuing on through the Fall Semester with more events to help you build your career readiness. All of these events can be reached by joining at: 

Building Your Brand and Networking with LinkedIn

Oct, 21, 2:00 pm

Join us tomorrow to learn how to build your brand on LinkedIn. We’ll show you the key components of a compelling profile and introduce you to ways you can build your professional brand beyond your profile. Learn how to network effectively and stand out in the right way by understanding how the LinkedIn platform works. Our guest speaker, Fanny Chen is an alumna of WSU’s College of Business, with a degree in Human Resources and Management. She brings over 20 years of Human Resources experience with companies of varying size and industry. Fanny is the Lead Customer Success Manager for LinkedIn


The Power of Community: Your WSU Alumni Community

Oct. 28, 3:00 pm

Connect with the WSU Alumni Association to build your professional network! You will learn how to: use the Alumni Association’s powerful training tools, join the Official Alumni Group of Washington State University on LinkedIn, and leverage your connections in your job and internship search. A panel of WSU alumni and professionals will help bring it all into focus!


The Cougar Career Community is a Professional Series that helps students connect with a network of professionals. Working with our on-and-off campus employers we have developed specific Career Discussions to help student understand and network with this vast network of professionals.

Navigating the Virtual Expo

The Fall Virtual Career Expo and Technical Fair is next week with more than 160 employers meeting students October 5, 6 and 7.

If you have questions about navigating this new virtual space, join our team this Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm to see what the fair looks like and how best to prepare. You will learn how to:

  • sign up for group and 1:1 sessions
  • research employers
  • set-up your interview location
  • make your profile more appealing
  • meet employers the day of the fair


Join us via Zoom at 

New Professional Experience Series Launches

The Academic Success and Career Center has launched the Cougar Career Community, a Professional Series that helps students connect with a network of professionals. Working with our on-and-off campus employers we have developed specific Career Discussions to help student understand and network with this vast network of professionals.

Starting off our series will be E&J Gallo Winery on Sept. 9 who will focus on personal selling in a virtual age. They will cover topics that will be very instrumental to students success at the upcoming Career Expo, including how to present yourself professionally online, sell yourself at Career Fairs, market yourself as a student athlete and an elevator pitch workshop.


On Sept. 16, City Year‘s Marcu Ramirez will share his insights and experience working in the non-profit sector. Before he began working with City Year, Marcus served in AmericaCorps and will be speaking to students about worldly travel.

As one of the largest employers of students at WSU Pullman, University Recreation remains a popular and sought after student employment position. Membership Coordinator David Grassi will connect with students to speak about what he looks for in student employees and the hiring process at UREC.

Amazon, on Sept. 30 will finish off our series talking about open employment with their company, leading up to their visit at the WSU Career Expo

Please register for the events on Handshake to receive Zoom contact information.

ASCC Advising All-Day during WOW

The Aademic Success and Career Center is teaming up with advisors from other departments across campus to help you during Week of Welcome.


Each day, there will be different ways to connect. FInd out more from the schedule below. To connect via Zoom, visit 

Academic Services