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CAHNRS News – March 20, 2009

Posted by | March 20, 2009

CAHNRS Faculty and Staff to be Honored at 2009 WSU Showcase

Congratulations to those of our faculty being honored at WSU’s 2009 Showcase Awards program. This year, we’re pleased that two CAHNRS faculty members are being honored with Sahlin Awards:

  • Carol Anelli, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, Sahlin Excellence Award for Instruction
  • Kenneth L. Casavant, professor and scientist, School of Economic Sciences, Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Leadership 2008-09

Two of our staff members are being honored with the President’s Employee Excellence Award:

  • Jeanne Burritt, Administrative Manager, WSU Mount Vernon, Northwestern Washington Research and Extension
  • Barbara Smith, Administrative Manager, Entomology

Newly Promoted and Tenured Faculty

Congratulations to our newly promoted and tenured CAHNRS faculty! Derek McLean, Animal Sciences, Associate Professor and Associate Scientist; Dan Rodgers, Animal Sciences, Associate Professor and Associate Scientist; Michael Neff, Crop and Soil Sciences, Associate Professor and Associate Scientist; Eric Jessup, School of Economic Sciences, Associate Research Professor; Thomas Marsh, School of Economic Sciences, Professor/Scientist; Douglas Walsh, Entomology, Prosser, Extension Specialist, E-4 and Scientist; Barry Swanson, School of Food Science, Regents’ Professor; Mohan Kumar, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Research Professor; Matthew Bumpus, Human Development, Associate Professor; Sanja Roje, Institute of Biological Chemistry, Associate Scientist; Kenneth Eastwell, Plant Pathology, Prosser, Scientist.

The Future of Agriculture

Engage with expert panelists Hans Kok, Michael Neff and John Reganold as they discuss the relationship between biotechnology and sustainable agriculture. Brought to you by the Sustainable Agriculture Club, the discussion is free and open to the public. Join Kok, Neff and Reganold March 25 at 7 p.m. in CUE 202. For more information, contact Emily Rude at

Women’s History Award Reception

You are invited to join the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences as we honor Dr. Debra Inglis with the Women’s History Award for Professional and Academic Leadership and Laura Laurent Mrachek with the Women’s History Award for Community Leadership and Public Service. Please help us congratulate Debra and Laura at a wine and cheese reception in their honor on March 25 from 3-5 p.m. in the CUB Junior Ballroom. This is free and open to the public! The awards program begins at 4 p.m.

Food Engineer to Talk with Students about Professionalism and Working for a Multinational Corporation, March 24

Mr. Kamel Chida, a Senior R&D Manager at General Mills, will speak via video conferencing about professionalism and how to get a job with a multinational corporation. Chida is responsible for Green Giant product development as well as packaging and process development for Haagen-Dazs, Old El Paso, Nature Valley, and Pillsbury.

Mr. Kamel Chida has been with General Mills for over 10 years. He first worked at General Mills Headquarters in Minneapolis, MN then was transferred to Europe In 2001. He spent 3 years in Northern France, 3 years in Switzerland, and has been back in South Eastern France since August 2006. Prior to working with General Mills, Mr. Chida worked with Keebler (USA) and Nestle (Tunis, Tunisia).

Mr. Kamel Chida holds a B.S. and M.S. in Food Engineering.

The talk is free and will be held March 24, 8 a.m., in Todd 575.

CAHNRS Scholarship Recipients Wanted!

Your participation in a video interview enters you in a drawing for scholarships of $100, $200, and $500!

Do you currently receive a scholarship from the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS)? Would you be willing to participate in a video interview and talk about how your scholarship has helped you, and what you love about your CAHNRS major? If so, please come to CAHNRS Alumni & Friends OPEN HOUSE.

  • Date: March 25
  • Time: Between 3 – 6 p.m.
  • Location: Hulbert Hall Room 223
  • RSVP Required by March 23rd; email Britta Nitcy (

Other details

  • We will take the first 50 students who RSVP
  • Wear your Cougar colors!
  • Snacks provided

Faculty and staff, please inform our students about this cool opportunity!

Sign Up for Spring Commencement

The on-line faculty sign up for the spring commencement ceremonies is now open and will be open until Friday, April 24.

Reminder: The last day for faculty regalia rentals through the Bookie is March 26 using the following on-line system:

If you have any problems with this ordering system, please contact Nick Larsen at or 332-2537 ext 193.

Tenure and Promotion Workshop

Fran McSweeney, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, will present a workshop on tenure and promotion on Thursday, April 9 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm in EMB-46. Anyone who is interested in this topic is welcome to attend, but the workshop may be particularly useful for recently-hired tenure-track faculty members and for faculty members who will come up for tenure and promotion soon. Those interested in attending the workshop should pre-register. To enroll:

  • Click the following link to access the course description page;
  • Click the ‘Sessions’ link at the top of course description page
  • Scroll to the bottom of the next page and click the preferred Session Number 1251:
    4/9/09; 1:30-3:00; EME B-46 and WSU videoconferencing
  • Scroll to the bottom of the next page and click ‘Enroll Me.’

If you have an email address associated with your WSU Online Learning Account you will receive an immediate confirmation of registration as well as an emailed reminder shortly before the session date.

Need help enrolling? Contact


Marcus Harness, a senior in WSU’s turfgrass management program, is one of 15 students nationwide selected to participate in the 12th annual United States Golf Association (USGA) Green Section Internship Program. During the one-week internship, Harness will accompany USGA PNW Green Section director Larry Gilhuly (’75) on turf advisory visits to several golf courses in Oregon.

Carrie Foss, Betsy Beers, Kim Patten, Sally O’Neal and Doug Walsh successfully competed in the first call for proposals from CSREES to run a statewide Integrated Pest Management program.

Dr. Lafayette Frederick, 1952 Ph.D. graduate of the Department of Plant Pathology, recently received the WSU Distinguished Alumnus Award. This is the highest honor that the WSU Alumni Association bestows on an alumnus. After graduation from WSU, Dr. Frederick spent his career as a researcher and educator at Howard University in Washington DC, where he has had a tremendous positive influence in shaping the lives and careers of generations of African American students. The award recognizes Dr. Frederick for a lifetime of teaching and mentoring and distinction as a mycologist, his steadfast commitment to teaching and research in mycology that has inspired generations of college students and for his fine contributions to our understanding of fungal biology and fungal systematics.

Assistant professor of plant pathology Dr. Brenda Schroeder is selected to deliver an invited talk at the “Schroth Faces of the Future in Bacteriology – A Look to the Future Symposium” to be held at this year’s annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society in Portland, Oregon. The symposium is designed to acknowledge the “up and comers” in bacteriology. The chosen speakers will be asked to present their research in a special session in which they will have the opportunity to highlight their current work and speculate on the future directions of their discipline.