Extension Engaged: WSU’s Small Business Development Centers and Economic Development
This program will explore the role that WSU’s Small Business Development Centers are playing in the development and enhancement of small businesses in Washington State and the connection between the SBDC’s and WSU Extension.
John Gardner, WSU Vice President for Economic Development and Extension
Brett Rogers, Director of WSU’s Small Business Development Center
In addition, there will be two SBDC advisors and clients who will appear via videotaped interviews
Extension Engaged: New Publication Categories and Processes
The February 2009 edition of Extension Engaged will feature a rollout of new categories of the Extension Publications and the new online Manuscript Fast Track system. Learn how these changes will make our publications more useful to clientele and make the submission and approval processes faster and effective. We will also outline the new processes for submitting publications and for peer review of these submissions within the Manuscript Fast Track system.
John Winder, Associate Dean, WSU Extension
Jim Lindstom, Director of Professional Development, WSU Extension
Rob Stout, Assistant Director, Extension Publishing and Printing
Extension Engaged: “The Governor’s Climate Action Team: WSU Extension’s Involvement”
Program Description: The Governor’s 2008 Climate Action Team (CAT) has been charged with developing actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Washington State. WSU Extension has two members of this team, Jake Fey, Director of the Extension Energy Program and Chad Kruger, Interim Director of the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources. On this month’s program we’ll talk with them about the work that they are doing to help shape potential recommendations from the CAT to the Governor and Legislature.
Extension Engaged: “Extension Brand Toolkit Training”
Program Description: Join us for a first look at the recently completed on-line training modules produced to help you use the WSU Extension Brand Identity Toolkit elements, such as the logo templates, help you take photographs that tell your story, and demonstrate how to talk about your Extension program’s outcomes and impacts using the appropriate brand marketing language.
Kathy Barnard, Director of Marketing and News Services for WSU Extension and CAHNRS
Jim Lindstrom, Director, Professional Development, WSU Extension
Gerald Steffen, Brand Manager for WSU Extension
Extension Engaged: “The Role of Conferences at a Land Grant University ”
Topics will include: the history of conferencing at WSU, how conferencing fulfills the traditional mission of a land grant university, the services provided by the Center for Distance and Professional Education to support faculty and staff who want to put on a conference, and the relationship between the CDPE and WSU Extension.
Guests will include:
John Winder, Associate Dean, WSU Extension
John Thielbahr, Director Professional Education
Kelly Newell, Assistant Director, CDPE
Muriel Oaks, Dean, Center for Distance and Professional Education Program
Extension Engaged: “Responsibilities and Liabilities When Using Human Subjects, Animals and Hazardous Materials ”
If you use animals, human subjects and hazardous materials in your extension, research or educational programming, you MUST comply with federal, state and university laws and regulations. Failure to do so exposes you to risk or criminal prosecution, lawsuits and other ramifications.
The WSU office of Research Assurances supports WSU faculty and staff to help them understand and comply with rules about the use of human subjects, animals and hazardous materials such as pesticides. Faculty and staff need to know these rules for their own protection.
So join us for this program and learn about your responsibilities and how you can protect yourself from liability, prosecution or other punitive actions.
Dale Moore, Director, Veterinary Extension
John Winder, Associate Dean and Associate Director, WSU Extension
Catherine Daniels, Manager, Pesticide Information Center and Extension Specialist
Dr. Steve Russell, WSU Veterinarian
“Extension Engaged: WSU Extension and Service Learning: Renewing the Partnership”
On this broadcast, you’ll learn about the new Center for Civic Engagement, how it has evolved over the past few years, hear about some of its successful partnering with WSU Extension and learn how you can get involved in their statewide service learning initiative.
Program guests will include:
Melanie Brown, Director, Center for Civic Engagement
Kim Freier, Ass’t Director, Center for Civic Engagement
Christine Oakley-Dept. of Sociology
Michael Schwartz-Graduate student”
Extension Engaged: “Sustainable Communities”
This program will take a practical approach to addressing the many issues surrounding community sustainability and explore methods communities can use to plan for sustainability. The program has three objectives: 1) educating cities, counties, and other interested parties about sustainability and the issues surrounding community sustainability; 2) establishing the importance of planning for sustainability at the local scale; and 3) promoting Sustainability Assessment as a tool that cities and counties can utilize to achieve greater sustainability and accountability.
Guests: In-studio Guests:
William Budd, PhD: Environmental Planning Specialist and Professor, Division of Governmental Studies and Services and WSU Extension and Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice.
Bob Scarfo, PhD: Associate Professor Landscape Architecture and MS Landscape Architecture Graduate
Heidi Sowell, M.S.: WSU Doctoral Student, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
Kara Whitman, M.S.: WSU Doctoral Student, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
The program will also includes videotaped interviews with officials from the cities of Moscow, Idaho and Pullman, Washington, as well as other WSU faculty.
Extension Engaged: “The New Online Registration System”
This program will introduce the new on-line registration system for use by WSU Extension and CAHNRS, and a demonstration of how it works, the request and approval process for using the system and the costs for using it.
Mary Hoffman, Director, extension Budget and Business Operations
Jim Boyer, Info. Systems Coordinator, ECES
Kasey Schertenleib, Fiscal Specialist, Extension Budget and Business Operations
Extension Engaged: “WSU Extension and Economic Development”
Join us for a discussion of the vision for the future for economic development at Washington State University and the role for WSU Extension.
John C. Gardner, Vice President for Economic Development & Ext.
Linda Kirk Fox, Associate Vice President and Dean, WSU Ext.
Extension Engaged: “WSU Extension and Master Gardener Foundations: A Hand-in-Glove Relationship”
This program will address the reaffirmation of WSU Extension’s commitment to the Master Gardener Prgram, define roles and responsibilities of Foundations and partnership with WSU and develop a hand-in-glove relationship to advance the program. Presenters will discuss the Memorandum of Agreement as a toll for documenting the partnership between WSU and local and state Master Gardener Foundations. This videostream presentation is a shortened version of the presentation made at the MG Leadership Conference in Fort Worden in June.
Linda Fox, Associate Vice President and Dean, WSU Extension
Don Tapio, WSU Grays Harbor County Extension Educator
Sherry Gordon, Attorney General’s office
Extension Engaged: “Manure to Money: Advancements in Anaerobic Digestion”
There are about 250,000 dairy cows in Washington State, and all of them poop. The methane they produce is a powerful greenhouse gas, but also can be captured through anaerobic digestion and used to generate electricity. Learn how WSU is leading the way to making digestion economically feasible by extracting other value-added products from the waste that can provide a financial return to farmers while improving the environment. We’ll look at the state’s only commercial digester in Whatcom County, and at new small digester technology being tested in Pullman.
Chris Feise, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources
Chad Krider, CSANR Climate Friendly Farming project
Craig MacConnell, Whatcom County Extension
Shulin Chen, Biological Systems Engineering
Extension Engaged: “The WSU Extension Brand Identity Campaign: An Update”
Linda Kirk Fox , Dean and Director, WSU Extension
Kathy Barnard, Sr. Public Relations Specialist, Information Dept., CAHNRS
Dan Fagerlie, County Director, WSU Ferry County Extension
John Winder, Associate Dean and Associate Director, WSU Extension
Extension Engaged: “Animal/Premise Identification System Education”
This program will present a discussion abou the need for premise and animal identification, provide an overview of the program being initiated by the Washington Sate Department of Agriculture and talk about how this program will protect both the producer and consumer.
Leonard Eldridge, DVM, Washington State Vet
Ben Smith WSDA DVM with the Wa. State Dept. of Agriculture,
Busboon, Extension Meats Specialist and a Washington Livestock producer.
Extension Engaged: “The Horizon Project”
Reducing poverty, especially in rural communities, is the mission of the Northwest Area Foundation in St. Paul. Thanks for NWAF Horizon grants, WSU Extension has implemented pilot programs to provide the tools for rural communities to help themselves combat poverty and create a sustainable economic future. A new grant will enable Extension to bring the Horizons program to even more communities. On the nexxt Extension Engaged, we’ll explore the program with NWAF Horizons grant officer, Jean Burkhardt, and discuss the future of the program with Doreen Hauser-Lindstrom of the Center to Bridge the Digital Divide. We’ll also be joined by Bridgeport School Superintendent Gene Schmidt and Chewelah resident Krisan LeHew who will tell us how the Horizons program has helped engaged their communities in moving poverty toward prosperity.
Extension Engaged: “The 4-H CD Catalog Project”
This program will unveil the new 4H Catalog CD, give history of the project and demonstrate the CD and how it works.
Pat Boyes, Director, WSU Extension 4H/Youth Development
Rob Stout, Assistant Director, Information Department
Nancy Mordhorst, 4H Program Coordinator
Extension Engaged: “WSU’s Hazard Mitigation Planning Intiative”
The March issue of Extension Engaged will feature a discussion by WSU’s Office of Business Affairs and our own Division of Governmental Studies and Services (DGSS) about a Hazard Mitigation Planning project they will be conducting for the University. This project is a requirement if WSU wishes to pursue future (project) grant funding from the Department of Homeland Security for hazard mitigation. The project will officially kick off on March 27th with a request for information from each WSU operating location across the state. The first, and primary focus of this project will be to conduct a “Hazards Inventory and Vulnerability Assessment” for WSU facilities in Washington. Building on this assessment, draft mitigation plans will be developed, with feedback and input from business, local government and citizens.
Chris Tapfer, Emergency Management Coordinator for WSU’s office of Business Affairs
Mike Gaffney and Nick Lovrich of the DGSS
Linda Fox, Dean of WSU Extension
Extension Engaged: “It’s In Your Hands: Animal Exhibits and Public Health”
Petting zoos, agricultural fairs, and farm tours provide wonderful opportunities for the public to learn about animals and agriculture. However, lack of understanding of disease transmission can lead to illness among visitors, especially children, when visitors are exposed to animal exhibit settings. In 1999 and 2000 over 25 human disease outbreaks were associated with visitors to animal exhibits. Although eliminating all risk from animal contact might not be achievable, this broadcast provides standardized recommendations for minimizing disease risks.
In this program, viewers will be introduced to the reality of disease outbreak risks associated with animal exhibits, the pathogens of greatest concern and recent research about hand washing and observation of fair goers and will be provided a toolkit for organizing public animal exhibits.
Zena Edwards, Food Safety & Nutrition Faculty for WSU Thurston County Extension
Margaret Davis, Washington State University, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology
Jerry Newman, 4-H Youth Specialist
Pat BoyEs, WSU 4-H Youth Development Program Director.
Extension Engaged – “Privilege, Power and Difference”
A Conversation with author Allan Johnson on the concepts expressed in the latest version of his book, “Privilege, Power, and Difference.” Johnson is also author of the book, “The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy.” Join host Scott Fedale for a stimulating discussion with author Allan Johnson about his theoretical model for thinking about systems of privilege and difference in today’s society and how we can affect these systems.
Extension Engaged: “WSU Extension’s Diversity Initiative”
Learn about the background and importance of WSU Extension’s diversity initiative; about the CASE project and Catalyst teams; take part in some diversity training from WSU’s Office of Equity and Diversity and learn about some specific programs underway in Extension to reach underserved audiences.
Guests: Extension Diversity Director, Mary Katherine Deen, Thurston County Extension Director Cliff Moore and Melynda Huskey, from the WSU Office of Equity and Diversity.
Extension Engaged – “The WSU Energy Program: National Leaderrship Toward Energy Solutions”
Increasing prices for gasoline, natural gas and electrical energy have helped renew interest in alternative and sustainable energy sources within Washington state. The WSU Extension Energy Program is at the forefront of efforts to help people and businesses cope with the high cost of energy, and to shape state’s energy policy for the future. Energy Program director, Jake Fey, will talk about how the program assumed the responsibilities of the former state Energy Department and discuss the state’s energy situation, the program’s role in addressing them and the resources available to Extension educators to help their clients deal with energy issues.
Extension Engaged – “The Wood Materials Engineering Laboratory”
This program features a look at some of the work being done in this unique WSU facility, including work on wood/plastic composite construction materials composition and structural analysis and testing of buildings, bridges and other structures.
Extension Engaged – “Air Quality Research and Outreach”
When we think of air quality, most of us think of pollution from auto exhaust or from factories. But there are a number of other factors that affect air quality here in the Pacific Northwest. And on this month’s “Extension Engaged,” we’ll feature a look at WSU’s research and outreach in the area of air quality and will focus on work being conducted by the Columbia Basin Plateau PM-10 project and the Northwest Airquest Consortium.
Guests: Brian Lamb, Joe Vaughan, and Bill Schillinger.
Extension Engaged – “The WASS Weekly Crop Progress Report. What does it really mean?”
The program will feature Joe Parson, Deputy Director of the Washington Statistical Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service and Jennifer Brown, an Agricultural Statistician with the office.
Extension Engaged – “Protecting Urban and Community Water Resources”
As the population continues to increase in the United States and around the world, pressure is mounting to assure safe, reliable sources of water for both urban populations and rural agricultural communities. In the second of two programs, members of the WSU Water Resources Leadership Team will discuss how Extension programs are helping urban and suburban communities across the state address water quality and supply issues.
Curtis Hinman, Bob Simmons, Karen Janowitz, Pat Pearson.
Extension Engaged – Service Learning and WSU Extension
Linda Fox, Interim Dean, WSU Extension
Janine Creighton, Extension Coordinator NRS
Melissa Hussain, Teaching Assistant, English Department
Cliff Moore, Chair, WSU Extension-Thurston County
Peter Griessman, Extension Forestry Educator, WSU Extension-Stevens County
Sue Lerner, Extension Educator WSU Extension-King County
This month’s program will feature a look at some of the activities underway in WSU Extension in providing learning opportunities for students through service learning and internships.
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Extension Engaged – “Assuring Water for Washington Agriculture”
The Extension Engaged video program will look at the statewide efforts of the WSU Water Resources Leadership Team to assure safe, reliable water supplies for rural and agricultural communities.
Roland Schirman discussing the effectiveness of conservation strategies such as direct seeding and thermal residue management,
Jon Johnson on his research on effective riparian buffers,
and Joe Harrison, discussing water conservation and livestock management.
Extension Engaged – Fund-Raising for WSU Extension
Learn about the various funding raising options for WSU Extension and 4H, Megan Reibe’s role in her new position and how she can help your fund-raising efforts. We’ll also hear examples of how she has successfully worked with two Extension faculty in fund-raising and learn more about some of the resources available from Megan and her colleagues in the CAHNRS Alumni/Development office as well as through the WSU Foundation.
Megan Reibe, Director of Development, WSU Extension/4H
Linda Fox, Interim Dean, WSU Extension
Carris Booker, Extension Educator, WSU Extension-King County
Gary Fredericks, Extension Educator, WSU Extension-Cowlitz County
Extension Engaged – “The Division of Governmental Studies and Services”
Three years ago WSU Extension and the College of Liberal Arts entered into an agreement to sponsor a combined Division of Governmental Studies and Services/Program for Local Government Education. In this month’s program we’ll hear about some exciting results of this partnership, including the Natural Resources Leadership Academy, the Certified Public Officials training program, and partnership activities with the Center to Bridge the Digital Divide, the Western Regional Institute for Community Oriented Public Safety and the Northwest Area Foundation.
Nicholas Lovrich, Interim Chancellor, WSU Spokane and Director, DGSS
Michael Gaffney, Acting Director, DGSS – Associate WSU Director, PCC
Extension Engaged – “Full Immersion Spanish Institute”
Randy De Mars, Coordinator – WSU Learning Center, North Central Washington
Ray Faini, Chair, WSU Extension – Chelan County
Terri Jones, Coordinator – WSU Learning Center, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum
Vilma Navarro-Daniels, Dept of Foreign Languages & Cultures
The broadcast will feature a look at the Spanish Immersion Institute, which is now being offered at 6 WSU Learning Centers. We’ll find out how the program works, what it does, and how it does it and hear from some graduates of the program about how it’s helped them in their professional lives.
Extension Engaged – “Animal Assisted Therapy”
Pauline Mills – Human Development
Francois Martin – College of Veterinary Medicine
Melodee Hansen – WSU Extension Chelan County
Kaycee Bennett – Human Development Graduate Student
Pat BoyEs – State Leader-4-H/Youth Development
Tom Power – Chair, Human Development
Extension Engaged – Managing Your On-Line Digital Resources
Cindy Kaag, Head , Science Libraries
Doug Calman, Science Librarian
This program will explore and explain how to use software to manage on line resources that are gathered when one is doing research on the web.
The above is the URL for the PowerPoint that was shown during the broadcast on May 4, on EndNote and Managing Your Digital Online Resources. There are 3 viewlets linked to it, the first and third of which have Doug’s soundtrack. To view these requires a display setting of 1024×768 (one notch up from 800×600) and a web browser that is Macromedia Flash-5 enabled.
The original powerpoint is still posted at:
That URL was displayed to Extension during the Broadcast (last slide). The main advantage of the original one is that it has links to comparison websites, my favorite EndNote websites, URLs for discussion group Listservs (and the new one doesn’t).
A Lifestyle for Our New Millennium- “A Conversation with Graham Kerr”
For nearly four decades, Graham Kerr has been known as one of the most entertaining television chefs in the business. His “Galloping Gourmet” television show and recipe books from that show made him a household name as he became known for his luxurious recipes that, unfortunately, were often laden with fat.
But since his wife’s diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes and her subsequent heart attack in 1986, Mr. Kerr has undergone a complete transformation in his lifestyle as well as in his approach to eating and cooking
Join us as part of the live studio audience to hear him discuss this change, including the concept of “outdulgence”, which he defines as “converting habits that harm into resources that heal” and his new cooking style, which he calls “Minimax,” which features recipes that minimize health risks while maximizing taste, aroma, color and texture [T.A.C.T.].
The Civilizing Nature of Plants
Virginia Lohr; People have always known that plants provide us food. This is essential for our survival. Plants also provide fibers for clothing, materials for buildings, and chemicals for medicines. The value of these tangible products can be easily appreciated. What is not so well known is that plants also produce a wide range of intangible effects on people. For example, plants calm us, reduce stress, increase pain tolerance, and speed recovery from illnesses. They also improve mental functioning in children and reduce domestic violence. In short, plants make us better, more civil people.
The Area Health Education Center: A New Member of WSU Extension
Steve Meltzer, Director, Area Health Education Center
Kris Sparks, Dept. of Health
Gordon McLean, Administrator, Mount Carmel Hospital
The Area Health Education Center at WSU -Spokane recently became a part of WSU Extension. In this month’s program, we’ll get a brief overview of the national AHEC program, learn a little about it’s history and find out how this relates the organization in it’s new role as part of Extension. We’ll explore some specific programs of the Eastern Washington AHEC, current linkages to WSU Extension and links to WSU units.
The 4H Technology Training Van
This program will feature a look at WSU Extension’s new 4-H Technology Training Van, equipped with a wireless computer network and high-speed mobile internet connectivity via satellite.
Host Scott Fedale will be joined by Doreen Hauser-Lindstrom, Director of 4-H- T4 Youth & Community Networks and Carey Roos, 4-H Program Assistant in King County, for a discussion that will include: the history of how the van was funded and built; an explanation of the equipment in the van and how the technology all operates; what types of uses have been made of the van since it’s arrived and plans for future uses of the van and its technology in 4-H and other Extension programs across the state.
Fund-Raising for Cooperative Extension
CAHE and CE Development Director Patrick Kramer and members of his staff will outline the steps to be followed to conduct successful fund raising for Cooperative Extension programs and will talk about some frequent problems with local fund-raising efforts and how to solve these.
Extension Food Safety Update
Program Description & Guests: Val Hillers; This program will feature a look at the recently completed “Thermy” project on how to use a food thermometer, which was funded by a grant from USDA, and features a booklet, video and recipe cards.
Research by WSU food scientists has given new support to the belief that cooking with a food thermometer improves food safety. This Extension Engaged will introduce the Thermometer Project, a USDA-funded educational effort to encourage food thermometer use. Project leaders Val Hillers of WSU and Sandra McCurdy, University of Idaho, will talk about the research behind the project, and will introduce “Now You’re Cooking… Using A Food Thermometer,” a curriculum kit that is proving highly popular.
Privilege, Power, and Difference; An interview with author Allan Johnson
Dr. Johnson has worked on issues of privilege, oppression, and social inequality since receiving his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan in 1972. He has authored a number of books, including “The Gender Knot: Unvraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy (1997); The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice and Promise (1997), and “The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology.”
Program host Scott Fedale will be interviewing Dr. Johnson about his latest book, “Privilege, Power, and Difference” in which he teaches us how to think critically about inequality and oppression without getting mired in guilt or despair.
The Extension Meeting Management and Program Support Unit
On this program we’ll take a look at the new “Extension Meeting Management and Program Support” unit, with unit manager Detlef Decker, who will highlight his approach to Event and Meeting management and talk about some of the new capabilities his office has to offer. Also appearing will be a current client of EMMPS, Don Bender, Director of the Wood Materials Laboratory.
Naturalizing the Landscape
This program will feature WSU Extension Faculty member Tonie Fitzgerald in a discussion of landscaping methods that emphasize low maintenance, water conservation and wildlife habitat. It will also dispel some common myths about natural landscapes being weedy, untidy looking and that they don’t require any maintenance.
Non-physical forms of aggression in schools
This program features Nicole Werner, assistant professor of Human Development, in a discussion about the issues and latest research surrounding this topic.
The New Organic Agriculture Standards
The program features a look at the new USDA standards for organic crops and our guest include Jim Riddle from the National Organic Agriculture Standards board and Miles McAvoy, from the Washington State Department of Agriculture.
See additional materials on the NOAS Web site.
College Knowledge for Adults
Our February program features a look at the updated “College Knowledge Adults” program, the latest iteration of the very successful “College Knowledge for Women” program that we featured in one of our “Extension Engaged” Programs last year.
This will again be an evening program, which will take place on February 6, from 6:30-8 pm and will be hosted by Debra Kollock.
The Food $ense Program
Food Sense coordinators Elaine Mays and Kathleen Manenica explore this Extension nutrition education program with host Denny Fleenor.
Herbicides in Compost
Featured guests: Dave Bezdicek and Mary Fauci from the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and Dan Caldwell, compost manager for WSU.
Extension Diabetes Education Program
Featured guests: Sue Butkus, Extension Nutrition Specialist, Jill Armstrong Shultz, Dept of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Cindy Corbett, College of Nursing
Learn about diabetes, who gets it and what type of complications it causes, as well as the latest research about prevention, common treatment strategies, our current Extension Diabetes Education program and information about future directions for the program.
Strengthening Families/Prevention Research
Featured guest: Dr. Laura Hill, Human Development Department, Pullman.
This program will feature a review of some of the research on the “Strengthening Families Program,” an exciting intervention for families with young teens. The research has shown that this 7-week intervention has multiple, long-term outcomes in increased family cohesion and decreased teen substance use and aggression.
Interested participants may want to contact Dr. Hill ahead of time to receive copies of research articles on the”Strengthening Families Program.
College Knowledge for Women
Featured guests: Debra Kollock, and representatives from admissions, financial aid, and Distance Degree Programs.
Last year the WSU Learning Center-Northeast Washington in Colville partnered with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to sponsor an informational evening for women considering higher education. We presented the same information utilizing the WHETS system to “bring” speakers to Colville and the Learning Center in Grays Harbor. Over 30 women attended and half of them enrolled in educational programs or have continued to search for options. Washington State University was so pleased with the outcome that they presented CKW as a satellite conference to 20 locations across the State of Washington this year. Topics include information about careers, admissions, financial aid and scholarships, and the WSU-Distance Degree Program. The main target audience is adult women who wish to further their education.
Net Counseling for Washington Businesses
The February edition features Carolyn Clark, State Director of Washington’s Small Business Development Center network at Washington State University – Spokane, in a conversation about an innovative delivery of management and technical assistance to small business owners in all parts of the state. Using low cost, easy-to-use technology, counseling is delivered live, from the desktop of the development specialist to the desktop conveniently located in a NetCounseling satellite center, which might be located in a county Extension Office, or possibly, in the business owner’s office. Other guests include a business owner from NE Washington who has participated in the Netcounseling program and one of the SBDC business counselors.
Landscape as Text, Designer as Author
Featured Guest: Bob Scarfo Interdisciplinary Design Institute, Washington State University at Spokane
Landscape as text, designer as author, and user as reader is the fundamental premise we’ll use to explore landscape architectural design. From this premise the idea of the landscape-as-narrative helps us understand landscape design as production, use, and the experiences of dwelling and placemaking. Our approach to, first, learning design and then doing design rests on how most of us learned to communicate through talking, reading, writing, particularly in the form of story telling. By relating to what most of us have as a general knowledge of narratives, the world of design thinking is explored from a familiar and comfortable starting point.
Sequence of discussion:
Questions and answers to verify that you do, in fact, read the landscape.
Explore the parts of the landscape vocabulary.
Outline the process you can follow to prepare a landscape narrative, your design.
Discuss the ways to bring your design to reality.
Connecting Rural Washington to Opportunity; The Role of Information Technology
What is the Digital Divide? Where is it in Washington State? And why should WSU care about it? These and other questions were the focus of the December 12 edition of “Extension Engaged,” a new satellite series produced by WSU Cooperative Extension. The December program featured the director of the new WSU Center to Bridge the Digital Divide, Bill Gillis, along with other WSU faculty who are participating in the activities of the Center. The program talked about how WSU is addressing digital divide issues in the state, region and nationally, and highlighted some of the current initiatives that the Center has underway and the faculty and departments involved in these initiatives.
The Status of the Energy Crisis in the Pacific Northwest
This is the premiere edition of what will be a satellite delivered series aimed at sharing the latest in WSU research with CAHE faculty and staff. The first program will feature Dave Sjoding of our Energy Extension program talking about the status of the energy crisis in the Pacific Northwest, the ups and downs of energy costs and his predictions for the future in the energy arena.