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Verification of attendance will be provided at each event.

October 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, CUE 203

“Am I addicted to My Phone?”: Healthy Ways to Use Technology Without Getting Hooked. 

Presented by Loren Brown (Counseling and Psychological Services). Interactive technology is a useful and integrated part of modern life, yet a growing number of people say it’s causing them problems. As a society we are spending more and more time looking at screens, whether it’s social media or video games, on smart phones or tablets, or even measuring steps, heart rate, and sleep using a fitness tracker. Some people describe their use of these technologies as excessive, obsessive, or even call it an addiction. In this presentation, Brown, a psychologist, will describe why we get hooked, the warning signs of an addiction, and healthy ways of using technology for connection, self-expression, and recreation.

October 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center

“Cyber Security Awareness Summit”

This event, sponsored by WSU Information Technology Services, will feature several speakers addressing issues of cybersecurity in our increasingly online world.  What are the threats? And what is being done to protect our personal, corporate, and government information? Agnes Kirk, the chief information security officer for the State of Washington and advisor for the Department of Homeland Security, will be the keynote speaker at 9 am.

October 25 @ 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm, CUE 202

“Global Case Competition”

Each year multidisciplinary student groups compete to present solutions to a global problem related that year’s common reading book. Come hear the top teams present their ideas and find out who will be representing WSU on a global study opportunity. Verification of attendance available.

Faculty considering RPO for classes can request a desk copy.

About Our Program

What Is a Common Reading?

A common reading is one way to create community connections among students, and between students and their professors, residence hall staff, and others. Topics in a selected book are examined throughout the year by members of the university community. They spark discussions and intellectual conversations in and beyond classrooms, highlight WSU research and the diversity of ideas across disciplines, and introduce different ways to explore complex issues from a variety of perspectives.

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