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CAHNRS News – March 25

Posted by | March 25, 2011

CAHNRS Human and Consumer Sciences Initiation of Collaboration Request for Proposals

The CAHNRS Human and Consumer Sciences Initiation of Collaboration Request for Proposals for 2011-2012 has been released and can be found at Please share with faculty and staff in your office, especially those who work in community development, entrepreneurship and leadership, and 4-H and family living programs, Strengthening Families, Food $ense, and related programs. The Initiation of Collaboration document outlines an internal seed-grant for stimulating integrated research and extension team building and program planning. There is an April 15, 2011 application deadline so it is imperative to distribute and promote this opportunity ASAP.

WSU’s Government Relations State and Federal Updates

There are currently several updates on the Government Relations website, from both the state and federal offices. Government Relations will be making efforts to update their website at least once a week. Please check back often to stay up-to-date on the latest legislative activities.

Get Your Tickets for the 52nd Annual CAHNRS Awards Banquet

Come celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of faculty, staff, and students in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences on April 9 from 4 – 6 p.m. in Ensminger Pavilion. Tickets are $15 each and include dinner from Happy Day Catering. Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

  • Hulbert Hall 423, Sean McIlraith
  • Clark Hall 116, Laura Lee Clark
  • Daggy Academy 330, Darcie Young
  • FSHN Building 166, Barb Smith
  • Johnson Hall 345, Cheryl Hagelganz
  • Johnson Tower 501, Diane Scott
  • Kruegel Hall 51, Jane Lawford

Celebrate Undergraduate Creative and Research Projects, April 9

CAHNRS’ undergraduate scientists and designers will be presenting the results of the Academic Programs-sponsored projects in Vogel Plant Biosciences Building from 1 – 3 p.m. on April 9. The poster fair is free and open to the public. Please join us as we celebrate the amazing talent on display and present awards to the top two presenters in:

  • Applied Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences
  • Basic Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences
  • Design Discipline
  • Human Sciences

Successful Grant Proposal Seminars

The Division of Governmental Studies and Services is once again partnering with the WSU Office of Grant and Research Development to offer workshops on writing successful grant proposals. One will be co-sponsored by Gonzaga University on April 12, and the other will be co-sponsored by Central Washington University on April 20. Registration is $89 and includes lunch and materials. For more information, see and

Faculty Promotion Workshops Planned

Fran McSweeney, Regents Professor of Psychology and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, will lead two workshops specifically addressing the processes and challenges of faculty promotion. The first of these is entitled “Making the Leap to Professor” and occurs on Wednesday, March 30 (1:35-3:00pm). Designed to answer questions about university procedures and expectations for promotion to full professorship, the discussion includes mentoring, timing, candidates’ rights and standards for promotion.

This is followed on Thursday, April 14 (9:30-11am) by the second session entitled “Tenure and Promotion.” This workshop will answer questions about all aspects of faculty performance reviews with a particular focus on tenure and promotion.

These workshops are part of an effort to increase the transparency of all faculty personnel policies. Any faculty member who has an interest in these issues should attend, particularly those who are just beginning their careers at WSU or who will come up for an important evaluation soon. Each session originates in Pullman and will be available statewide via AMS Videoconferencing Services. Complete scheduling details are available at

Association of Faculty for Diversity

Faculty are invited to join the recently formed group, The Association of Faculty for Diversity. This is a grassroots project that engages the university leadership and other campus organizations and committees to help create and sustain a nurturing climate and a truly inclusive community. The group’s cause is strongly supported by the upper administration. President Floyd and Provost Bayly will be guests at the next meeting on March 28 in Lighty 405. They will use a discussion/question and answer format to address key issues of climate, recruitment and retention. Please attend.

Let your voice be heard! To become a member simply send an email to and with the words NEW MEMBER in the subject line.

Your participation is needed: Imagine U @ WSU

CAHNRS Academic Programs requests your assistance with one of WSU’s largest and most effective outreach and recruitment efforts. This effort is called, “Imagine U @ WSU.”

Each semester, WSU partners with a few high schools in different areas of the state. WSU faculty, staff, students, and alumni visit these high school classrooms to provide hands-on instruction and discussion on the fields of research of the presenters, as well as information about academic programs and what it takes to go to college. This is an opportunity for faculty and staff to share their passion and daily work with young people and teach them about the many academic and career opportunities that are available, especially at WSU. We hope that you will participate, especially if the target schools are in your area. The following are the dates and locations:

May 16
Port Angeles High School, Port Angeles
Garfield High School, Seattle
Wahluke High School, Mattawa

May 17
River View High School, Kennewick
Port Townsend High School, Port Townsend

The time commitment would include the morning hours between approximately 7:30 and 11:30 am. During that time each presenter (or team) would give their presentation to three classes.

A special thank you to the CAHNRS and Extension faculty who presented at the March 14 Imagine U event at Rogers High School in Puyallup:

  • Tim Miller
  • Katie Coats
  • Gwen Stahnke
  • Kevin Zobrist
  • Michael Costello

In the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, we recognize the value in this event and the opportunity it presents us to teach students about the industries that CAHNRS and Extension serve and represent. This is an excellent recruitment opportunity for CAHNRS.

If you are willing to participate, please email Kate McIlraith ( as soon as possible. She will assist you with signing up, answer any questions you have, and help you get any travel costs paid for through Enrollment Management. For more information, please visit the Imagine U @ WSU website at

CAHNRS/Extension Exchange email service

A reminder again, this spring to the end of the year, Computing and Web Resources (CWR) will be moving all CAHNRS/Extension Exchange email to the Information Technology Services (ITS) central Exchange email system.

In preparation for the move the CWR support technicians will be contacting all faculty and staff on and off campus that are still using a CAHE domain ID for mail and login authentication in order to convert to their AD (Active directory) domain ID.

This conversion process will take approximately one and a half hours for each user. The user will need to be present in order to login with their Network ID password to allow the technician to build a new login profile and make the necessary changes to the email client application.

Note: Many faculty and staff are already using the AD domain ID for mail and login authentication therefore the above process will not be necessary.

We will send out an announcement before the mailboxes are actually moved from the CAHNRS/Extension Exchange server to the ITS Exchange server.

If you have problems with your email (either sending or receiving) after the conversion, please contact CWR support (see contact information below).

Technician Supervisor
Jim Buscher

CWR support email

CWR support technicians web page

CWR support online support request


Dr. Janetta McCoy, associate professor of interior design, received the 2011 Interior Design Educators Council’s Community Service Award, which recognizes and honors significant contributions of community service by an individual or group at a national, regional, and/or local level associated with the discipline of interior design. Dr. McCoy was recognized for her work with a number of Washington’s rural communities, including Ritzville, Sprague, Pe Ell, and Kettle Falls.

Judy Theodorson, assistant professor of interior design, was a top 10 finalist (out of 219 entries) for the Interior Design Educators Council’s Best Presentation Award for “An Integrated Approach to Teaching Light: Bridging Studio and Systems.”

Nancy Blossom, professor of interior design, along with two Doctor of Design students, Bryan Orthel and Isil Oygur, were top 10 finalists (out of 219 entries) for the Interior Design Educators Council’s Best Presentation Award for their presentation “A New Perspective for Interior Design Pedagogy: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.”