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CAHNRS News – April 19, 2013

Posted by | April 18, 2013

Revision to Educational Policies and Procedures Manual

Though spring semester is not yet over, we know that faculty are already planning courses for summer and fall. Please be aware that the Faculty Senate has approved a revision to the Educational Policies and Procedures Manual (EPPM), requiring that all syllabi provide student learning outcomes:

Course Syllabus

The instructor(s) of each course shall make available to enrolled students a course syllabus which should (a) be presented during the first week of class, (b) contain expected student learning outcomes, and (c) include information about the method(s) to be used for evaluation of student progress and determination of grades. The University, College or Academic Unit may, in published policies, specify additional information to be included in course syllabi. [approved 2/14/13]

This good practice aligns with standards of WSU’s regional accrediting body, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, which mandates that, “Expected student learning outcomes for courses, wherever offered and however delivered, are provided in written form to enrolled students” (Standard 2.C.2).

CAHNRS Award Winners

Congratulations to all the recipients of the 2012-2013 CAHNRS Excellence Awards.

CAHNRS Faculty & Staff Award Recipients, 2012-2013

R.M. Wade Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award
Michael M. Neff – Crop and Soil Sciences

Excellence in Extension Award
Dale Moore – Extension Vet Science

Excellence in Research Award
Thomas Spencer – Animal Science

Individual Integrated Award
Jay Brunner – WSU Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center

Early Career Excellence Award
Holly Neibergs – Animal Science

Team Interdisciplinary Award
WSU Decision Aid – Entomology

Administrative Professional Staff Excellence Award
Don Holbrook

Administrative Professional Technical Staff Excellence Award
Marianne Elliott – Plant Pathology

Classified Technical Staff Excellence Award
Peter Gray – Food Science

Classified Technical Staff Excellence Award
Beth Toerne – Institute of Biological Chemistry

CAHNRS Student Award Recipients, 2012-2013

Family and Consumer Scientist of the Year Award
Corinne Markle – Interior Design

Aggie of the Year Award
Gwen Graf – Animal Science

Outstanding Junior in Human Sciences Award
Kevin Ketcham – Human Development

Outstanding Junior in Agriculture Award
Corrine Harris – Animal Science

Outstanding Freshman of the Year Award
Michael Burley – Human Development

Superior Club of the Year Award
Food Science Club – School of Food Science

Battle of the Agies Award
AgTM – Agriculture & Food Systems

Outstanding Senior Awards

Kristina Peterschick – Agricultural Education
Jordyn Hutton – Agricultural and Food Business Economics
Lexi Roach – Agricultural Technology and Production Management
Gwen Graf- Animal Science
Breda Fitzgerald – Apparel Design
Ryan Christian – Agricultural Biotechnology
Jon Paul Driver – Agribusiness Economics and Management
Jesse Fosse – Economic Sciences
Laramee Fox – Field Crop Management
Jake Fisher– Food Science
Nick Vincent – Fruit and Vegetable Management
Yadira Olivera – Human Development
Kristin Hayden – Human Development Online
Catherine Weisenburger – Interior Design
Tom Jensen – Landscape, Nursery, and Greenhouse Management
Janel Navran – Merchandising
Nichole Studevant – Natural Resource Sciences
Adam Bright – Viticulture and Enology
Katie Meline – Wildlife Ecology


Taya Brown, senior in Organic Agriculture Systems and Biology, has been selected as a recipient of the WSU President’s Award for student leadership. Learn more about the award at

Hossein Sadeghi, a graduate student in biological systems engineering, is one of two nationwide recipients of the 2013 Freeman Fellowship from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Awarded to one or two graduate students each year to support research and related travel expenses, the $5,000 fellowship was established in 1924 by John R. Freeman, past president and honorary member of ASCE. Sadeghi’s award will be used toward an irrigation and drainage project during 2013-14.



April 19
Ellen McGrattan, FRB Minneapolis, “On Financing Retirement with an Aging Population.” Host: Gibson. Hulbert 23, 3:30–5 p.m.

April 22
Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University. Host: Gallardo. Hulbert 23, 3:30–5 p.m.

April 26
Jeff Dorfman, University of Georgia. Host: Fortenbery. Hulbert 23, 3:30–5 p.m.

Public Lectures

2013 Catts Lecture

Steve Wratten, a professor of ecology with Lincoln University’s Bio-Protection Research Centre in New Zealand, will present the 2013 E. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE), Room 202. The lecture, titled “Bees, Birds, Butterflies, Biological Control and the Future of Agriculture,” and a social immediately following in CUE 518 are free and open to the public.

As the center’s deputy director and project manager, Wratten runs a six-year research program on biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainable agriculture, according to the center’s website. Many of the postdoctoral and doctoral research projects in the group concern the ecological basis of biological control, especially conservation biological control of insect pests and diseases.

A post-lecture dinner is set for 7:30 p.m. at Banyans on the Ridge. Cost is $25, and an RSVP is required. Please contact Adam Williams, 509-335-5425,, to attend the dinner.

For more information about the Catts Lecture, visit the website at

Recent News Releases

In eNews

The April 10 issue of On Solid Ground features stories on Sudden Oak Death, the new Food Science online degree program, and the entomology graduate students’ Insect Expo. Read the issue here or visit the archives to subscribe and read back issues.


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