Dean Dan Bernardo’s Blog (Archive)

Food Science Students Address Global Hunger and Bring Home the Gold

Today’s student experience is so much more than what happens in the classroom. One of our points of pride in CAHNRS is our outstanding student organizations such as Cougar Cattle Feeders, Cooperative University Dairy Students (or CUDS, winner for best acronym!), and the Horticulture Club. Students in each of these groups obtain real-world entrepreneurial experience […]

Fun at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

For the past two weeks, WSU has been participating in the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in Washington DC. WSU, along with a handful of land-grant peers, was selected to have a display on the Mall just in front of the Smithsonian Castle. Our “Feed the World, Power the Planet” display featured on going biofuels and […]

Farm Bill Next Victim of Obstructionist Politics?

Last week I spent a few days in our nation’s capital commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act. We also took the opportunity to do some “hill visits” and meet with three of our members of Congress and two Senators. The great thing about rolling with President Floyd when doing visits to congressional offices […]

Morrill Act Event Celebrates the Past and Looks to the Future

Yesterday, I attended a convocation in Washington D.C. sponsored by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) celebrating the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Morrill Act into law. The Morrill Act is legislation that created a national system of colleges specifically geared to provide science and technological education to the people. Of […]

Funding the Cougar Experience

The WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Scineces is sponsoring a series of scholarship dinners across the state with the expressed goal of making significant progress toward our campaign goal of raising $8 million for endowed and annual scholarships for our students. Fortunately, due to the generosity of our friends and alumni, our […]

Happy B-day, USDA!

May 15 was the 150th anniversary of the United States Department of Agriculture. It was an incredible act of leadership that, in the midst of the greatest turmoil our country has ever faced, President Abraham Lincoln signed bills to establish USDA and to enact the Morrill Act. These two actions simultaneously created the foundation for […]

Why We Are Raising $30 Million for Scholarships

Although it is almost impossible to imagine today, there was a time when Washington State University students could work full-time over the summer and pay for a year’s in-state tuition, books, and room and board. Obviously, that has not been the case for a good long while. In fact, most recent graduates leave the institution […]

Diamond and Golden Grads Inspire Us

Yesterday was one of my favorite days in the academic calendar at WSU: the Diamond and Golden Grads were on campus for their reunion. It is always fun and inspiring to meet these Cougs of yesteryear. It is interesting to track history as a result of engaging with these 50- and 60-year alumnae. Over the […]

Four Out of Six Ain’t Bad!

In my previous post, I talked about the long list of recognitions handed out to CAHNRS and WSU Extension faculty, staff, and students at the 2012 Showcase events. In fact, the list got so long that I ran out of space and reserved some of the discussion for this later post.