September 21, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE
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"Suicide is a major public health concern. Over 40,000 people die by suicide each year in the United States; it is the 10th leading cause of death overall. 1 million people, worldwide, die of suicide annually. Suicide is complicated and tragic but it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives."
Fall 2020
Horse Judging Team Training
Dr. John Pipkin, Equine Program Director and Regents Professor of Animal Science, and Graduate Assistant Maggie Murphy, took the 2020 Fall Horse Judging Team to train at the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) World Championship Show, along with equine facilities in Tulsa, OK, Oklahoma City, OK and Gainesville, TX in mid-August. 

The 2020 Fall Horse Judging team members:
Elena Chapa JR. Pre-Nursing
Reilly Dhaliwal JR. Equine Industry & Business
Mollie Green SR. Animal Science,
Hannah McLochlin SOPH. Ag Media & Communication
Lacy Petty SR. Ag Media & Communication
Taylor Scheulen JR. Equine Industry & Business
Sierra Stammen JR. Equine Industry & Business
Josh Worten JR. Animal Science
Department of Chemistry & Physics
Received New Equipment
12 Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescopes and
Telescope Eyepiece and Filter Set
The 203mm (8") aperture and 1200mm focal length Dobsonian Reflector Telescope allows you to reach deep into space for jaw-dropping images of the Moon, planets, and deep space objects too. 
(Above) Pictures of the moon taken by WT faculty and students with the new Dobsonian Telescopes.
(Below) Twelve newly assembled Dobsonian Telescopes (left) and Dr. David Craig, Associate Professor of Physics, instructing WT students on the proper use of the microscopes in PHYS 1412L, Astronomy Lab (middle and right) on March 23, 2020.
Three Coronado 40mm f/10 1.0Å H-Alpha Personal Solar Telescopes
The Coronado's iconic PST 40mm f/10 1.0Å H-Alpha Personal Solar Telescope optical system is tuned to the hydrogen-alpha bandwidth with a broad 1Å (Angstrom) bandpass for viewing details of the Sun's chromosphere (surface) and prominences, as well as filaments. 
March 23, 2020 WT faculty and students with the new Coronado Telescopes (top, left) and Dr. David Craig instructing WT students on the proper use of the microscopes in, PHYS 1412L Astronomy Lab (bottom and right).
Design Your Life (DYL) Week at WT stems from ideas presented in Designing Your Life, by Bill Burnette and Dave Evans, which was born from their Design Your Life and Design Your Stanford courses out of the Design Studio at Stanford University. Advising Services, Career Services, and the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership, began a DYL partnership this past year. Each day of the week had a mindset with a showcase event. Monday was #GetCurious, With the help of faculty, staff, students, and alumni, social media was blown up with with videos and posts on how to get curious. Tuesday’s #RadicalCollaboration involved a Buff Hunt around campus or the WT website collecting Buff Stickers and learning about help on campus. #MindfulnessOfTheProcess on Wednesday involved a surge of sticky notes onto office windows that answered the question, “What’s the most interesting, valuable, or delightful thing you’ve learned so far in earning your degree?” Thursday, students were guided to reframe questions and problems at #TheDesignerIsIn booth on the OSEL patio, utilizing the Reframe technique. Friday included #BiasTowardAction-going out and doing something and then sharing on social media with #DesignMyWT. The hope is that after this week, students will begin thinking like a designer as they build their way forward and design their lives!
Dr. Landry Lockett, Adjunct Professor of Agriculture, offers interesting insight into using curiosity to think about the "What Ifs". Watch what other faculty and alumni have to say about getting curious during your time here at WT. Click Here for More
Act as if what you do makes a difference.
It does.
~William James