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CAHNRS News – November 18, 2011

Posted by | November 18, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award

Each year WSU recognizes and honors members of our University community with the MLK Distinguished Service Awards. We need your help in identifying and nominating those persons, organizations and departments who live the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by serving others. Past winners have included student mentors, a graduate student who planned and implemented a program to help Katrina survivors, a research station that made and distributed pajamas to needy children, University health programs and fundraisers for worthy causes. Nominations are now open for the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguish Service Awards in the categories of:

  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Community
  • Organizations
  • Departments


Submit a nomination addressing how the nominee has demonstrated extraordinary achievement in advancing diversity in one or more of the following:

  • Accomplishments, leadership, and service in an effort to promote and motivate others toward an understanding of and quest for human rights and social justice for all people
  • Activities, programs, or services for creating a supportive climate for underrepresented groups
  • Achievement in recruiting, mentoring, and retaining diverse groups


Award nominees from all WSU locations can be current WSU faculty, staff, full-time students, or community individuals or groups that have implemented programs, activities or events that have made a significant difference in the University environment.


The 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award form and instructions can be found at Nominations must be submitted no later than Dec. 2, 2011.

Questions: Please contact Donna Arnold at or 509-335-4315. AWARDS WILL BE ANNOUNCED JAN. 12, 2012 AT THE ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING, COMMUNITY CELEBRATION, CUB JR BALLROOM, 4-6 p.m..

Questions about all 2012 MLK activities direct to Felicia Gaskins,, 509-339-6172

Call for 2011-2012 CAHNRS Advising, Extension, Research, Staff, Teaching, and Team Award Nominations

We encourage administrators, faculty, students, and staff to nominate deserving candidates from your department or program in as many categories as possible, but request nominations be limited to one person per award category per department. A new award was created this year to acknowledge people that have been in a faculty appointment for less than ten years for extraordinary contributions to research, extension and/or teaching, which is called the Early Career Excellence Award. Review the guidelines for this award on the official CAHNRS award webpage,

Please carefully consider making an effort to acknowledge those among us who have made extraordinary efforts to contribute to the CAHNRS experience, because they deserve to be noticed. For more information about these awards and instructions on how to nominate deserving individuals, please visit:

CEREO Fellows Program Call for Proposals

CEREO has created a program through which we hope to stimulate the creation of interdisciplinary teams of faculty (within and outside of WSU) who can be prepared to answer calls for large grant proposals. Click here to download the call for proposals. If you or any of your faculty have questions regarding the program or if you wish hard copy of the call for proposals, please feel free to contact Kristen Johnson (

Canadian Wine Lecture and Tasting

The School of Food Science and WSU Canadian Studies present distinguished lecturer Dr. Andy Reynolds, professor of viticulture at the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at Brock University, Canada.

Overview of the Canadian Wine Industry: Past and Present
Thursday, Dec. 8 ,12:10-1:10 p.m. in T101 FSHN Building (broadcast to Tri-Cities campus)

Canadian Wine Industry and Canadian Wine Tasting
4 – 5 p.m. Lecture in Todd Hall Dining Room
5 – 6:30 p.m. wine tasting in Todd Hall Dining Room
Must be age 21+ and RSVP to Carolyn Ross,

CAHNRS Sharing Tree

It’s time once again to beginning planning our annual CAHNRS Holiday Sharing Tree on the WSU Pullman campus. Thank you to all those who have given in years past. This year we will be setting up three different trees in the hope of providing more and easier access to everyone who wants to give. There will be trees located in the foyer of Hulbert Hall, the second floor of Johnson Hall, and the fifth floor of Johnson Tower. Tags will be divided among the three locations. (Tags let givers know what is needed by the agencies listed below.) Each location can store the gifts until the Dec. 12 or givers may bring gifts to Hulbert 101.

The agencies we are working with this year are Latah County’s Christmas for Kids, Whitman County Humane Society, and Pullman Child Welfare program.

Here are some dates to remember:

Nov. 18: Tree decorating party at noon at each of the above locations (hang the tags)
Dec. 12: All gifts need to be returned by this date to Hulbert 101 (if you need help getting the gifts to this location please call Danielle Engelhardt at 509-335-5555 or email her at
Dec. 13: Gift wrapping at noon in Hulbert 323J
Dec. 13: All gifts need to be turned into the agencies on this date.

Thank you for your support of this wonderful CAHNRS tradition.

Come to the Annual CAHNRS/WSU Extension Holiday Gathering

Pam and Dan Bernardo extend an invitation to you and yours to join all CAHNRS and WSU Extension faculty and staff at the annual holiday gathering on Dec. 15 from 3:30 – 6 p.m. in the Ensminger Pavilion.

We’ll gather and enjoy each other’s company, share good food, good music, and good cheer. We are excited to once again have a special guest joining us at our party… Santa Butch!

Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share; the college will provide non-alcoholic beverages, beer and wine.

The true focus of our annual gathering is giving, especially to those in need in our own communities.

Please bring canned and nonperishable food, toiletries or paper products for area food banks. Dan and Pam are once again happy to match your contributions pound for pound. Last year, we donated over 2,000 pounds to food banks in our communities — let’s break that record in 2011!

Here’s to celebrating the joy of the season with colleagues and friends!

WSU Chapter of ITAA Philanthropy

The WSU Chapter of the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) traveled to Spokane to assist with the first annual Logan’s Winter Wishes Fashion Show on Nov. 6. Logan and Laurie Olsen are the founders of Logan Magazine, a publication for young people with disabilities, and hosts of the fashion show to celebrate the magazine’s five-year anniversary at the Spokane Convention Center. The show featured male and female models of all abilities from Washington and Montana, some using wheelchairs and crutches to work the runway. Students from ITAA helped organize the models backstage, guide audience members to their seats, hand out programs and swag bags while squeezing in some time to talk with the models before the start of the show. The show helped to raise money expand the paid magazine staff, all of whom have disabilities.

WSU Grad Students Communicate Their Science to Farmers and Fishermen

Mt. Vernon-based graduate student Lucas Patzek reports on the recent Agriculture & Northwest Ecosystems Graduate Student Symposium held at the Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center. The Symposium featured guest speaker David Montgomery, a geomorphologist and author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations and King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon. Read Lucas’s report online at

AMDT Dad’s Weekend Tours

AMDT hosted two tours of the AMDT Historic Costume Collection on Saturday, led by its curator, Dr. Linda Arthur Bradley. One was a recruiting event; it was at the request of HD 205 to explain our programs to undecided freshmen. The other tour was for members of the Pullman Association of Family and Consumer Sciences who are interested in our recent donation of 500 pieces of historic costume that came from the Theatre Department. A third event on Saturday involved members of the PAFCS and some undergraduate students from AMT 220 who were making custom-designed padded hangers to support the new garments, many of which are close to 100 years old.


AMDT Associate Professor Joan Ellis, Associate Professor Catherine Black and Department Chair Karen Leonas received a $21,747 grant from Cotton Incorporated. The purpose of the grant is to foster awareness and understanding of cotton fiber and textiles among students through competitive research activities in the areas of enhancing cotton properties, apparel design and branding to the environmentally conscious consumer. A total of nine awards at $500 each will be presented to winning student projects at Cotton Awareness Day at WSU in Oct. 2012.