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CAHNRS News – February 11

Posted by | February 11, 2011

Case Studies – An NSF Sponsored Teaching Workshop

Do you want to motivate students with meaningful current issues and build skills in critical thinking? Then consider the Case Study Approach! For faculty, instructors, postdocs, high school teachers, graduate and undergraduate students, and educators at all levels. Saturday, March 26, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the WSU Lewis Alumni Centre Great Hall.

This workshop serves as an introduction to the case study method of active learning. A case is a significant story with an educational message and this workshop will focus on implementing and designing case studies in your classroom with a particular emphasis on issues important to contemporary Native people and communities. Barbara Leigh Smith from the Evergreen State College and the Enduring Legacies Project will facilitate the workshop.

Participants will be able to lead and design case studies in their own classrooms. Participants will experience a case study based learning environment, analyze activities to understand how case studies are structured, and access major case study resources including the Enduring Legacies Project. Participants will gain transferable skills applicable to many disciplines including those related to environmental studies and cases that emphasize the Native American point of view. For more information please visit

40 seats are available and registration is open to all. Visit to register.

Co-sponsored by the WSU College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences and the WSU Office of Multicultural Student Services For more information contact Laura Corley Lavine at


Karla Makus, academic coordinator in the School of Economic Sciences (SES), was named 2011 Outstanding Academic Advisor in the primary role category by WSU ACADA, a chapter of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). She also earned the academic advising award from the Pacific Northwest region of NACADA (Region 8). As academic coordinator, her responsibilities include academic advising for SES undergraduates (260-290 students), coordinating annual scholarship and award processes, coordinating and participating in recruiting events, scheduling courses, and coordinating several aspects of commencement and graduation for students.