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CAHNRS News – August 7, 2009

Posted by | August 7, 2009

Experiential Learning Workshop Series

Refresh, energize and ramp up for your fall semester teaching opportunities with two workshops based on concepts involving experiential education. Anyone in CAHNRS may attend the first workshop, however seating is limited. Attendance in “Improve Your Impact through Play” is required to be eligible to attend “Content and Experience.”

These workshops will provide an opportunity for you to engage students in activities that improve their retention and comprehension of your course content.

Improve Your Impact through Play: Invigorating Student Curiosity, Confidence and Engagement through Experiential Education
The intention of the workshop is to support instructors with practical approaches that spark students’ imaginations and interests while prompting them to be responsible learners.
Expected outcomes of the workshop include:

  1. Hands-on experience in practical methods that you can immediately apply in your classroom.
  2. Learning how rigorous play enhances learning outcomes.

Using activities based on research results, we will explore concepts of experiential education through group activities, as well as how to practically apply these activities in your classroom, lab or work environment. We’ll examine what types of learning environments you can create by exploring ways to invigorate students’ curiosity, while instilling in them a sense of confidence as learners and emerging scholars.
This workshop was offered last year to overwhelming popularity and success. We are offering it again this year as an introduction or refresher to the basic concepts of experiential education—yet all of the activities will be new from last year’s workshop.
Seating is limited to the first 30 registrants, so please sign up early.

Date: Friday, August 21, 2009
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: CUE 419

Note: We’ll break and give people the opportunity to attend WSU’s All Campus Picnic

Content and Experience: Finding the Balance

Using the practical applications explored in the morning workshop, we will develop targeted strategies that both complement and support your specific classroom needs. By the end of the workshop, you will leave with the knowledge and materials you need to enhance the impact of both the delivery and retention of your course content.

During this workshop, you will convert a current assignment into one that incorporates experiential education. Please bring your syllabus, an assignment you want to change, and any person who supports you in your teaching: colleagues, teaching assistants, etc. We’ll be working in small groups so that each participant has an opportunity to see their assignment from a new perspective with new ideas and energy to spark student engagement and learning.

Seating is limited to the first 30 registrants, so please sign up early.

Date: Friday, August 21, 2009
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Todd 276

Both workshops are free of charge; however, enrollment is limited. Seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The workshops are open to faculty, graduate students, and staff from CAHNRS who are involved in student instruction and mentoring. Please RSVP to Becky Dueben at or 509 335 8403 to reserve your seat.

I definitely will be attending this event, and I truly hope to see you there.

Kim Kidwell

Organic Feast

Enjoy a menu featuring local meats, vegetables fresh from the organic farm, and locally produced wines on Aug. 29 at the WSU Organic Farm. Appetizers will be available at 4:30 and dinner starts at 5:30. Festivities include door prizes, a silent auction, and live entertainment. Tickets are $125 per person or $150 at the event site. Contact Linda Bailey at or (509) 335-7772 to pre-register.

The Organic Feast is sponsored by CAHNRS and the School of Hospitality. Dinner will be prepared and served by students and staff from the School of Hospitality. Proceeds from the event benefit scholarships.

Friends of Animal Science Tailgate BBQ & Silent Auction

Please join us at 2 p.m. on Sept 5 at Ensminger Pavilion to learn about the exciting things happening in the Department of Animal Sciences and what our talented students are doing. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. All profits benefit scholarships.

To register, please send check to:
Dept. of Animal Sciences, WSU, P.O. Box 6310,
Pullman, WA 99164-6310.
Or contact Jaimie Dahl at (509) 335-5523 or For updates and guest speaker info, visit