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May 9, 2014

Posted by l.meyer | May 8, 2014

Happy 100th Birthday, WSU Extension!

WSU Extension staff gather for a commemorative 100 years celebration photo outside Hulbert Hall at WSU Pullman.

“If you eat, Extension has helped you. Whether you know it or not,” said Debbie Niehenke, a 4-H leader and farmer in Whitman County, Wash. Niehenke recently shared her thoughts about WU Extension as part of an oral history project launched in honor of the service’s 100th birthday.

Throughout 2014, WSU and fellow land-grant universities nationwide are honoring the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act, but yesterday county offices across the state took time to celebrate. The legislation, signed by President Woodrow Wilson on May 8, 1914, created the “national network of educators who extend university-based knowledge to the people.” Read more.

Celebrating the Class of 2014

We are so proud of you, Class of 2014. Congratulations to all our seniors, including the four CAHNRS Cougs who were selected as Big Ten Seniors by the WSU Alumni Association: Erin Ghigleri, Tristan Hanon, Gordon Stumpo, and Jesse Naylor. Congratulate them on Facebook. Stay in touch with the college and get updates about former classmates here.

Top left; Jesse Naylor. Bottom left; Erin Ghigleri, Gordon Stumpo. Photo from WSU Alumni Association.

About 2,625 students are expected to participate in Washington State University Pullman commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 10, in Beasley Coliseum. Ceremonies will be videostreamed for viewing live and on-demand afterward. Orlin Reinbold, owner of Landmark Turf and Native Seed of Spokane, Wash., 8 a.m. will be the featured speaker for the College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences; College of Veterinary Medicine; and College of Engineering & Architecture.

Opportunity, hard work pay off for John Kuhn

John Kuhn_webJohn Kuhn, Crop and Soil Sciences senior, knew WSU was the right fit for him when he decided to study agricultural sciences. His interest in land evaluation and agronomy sparked while he was participating in FFA events across Washington State, and it caught fire when he met Kim Kidwell at an Imagine Tomorrow competition in 2008.

“It was the direct exposure to the university and faculty that enticed me to attend WSU over the other universities in the nation,” Kuhn said. Read more.

Seeking nominations for Women’s Leadership Award

The CAHNRS Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership seeks Women’s Leadership Award nominations for WSU alumnae who have demonstrated exceptional leadership with meaningful impacts in their communities (personal, local, regional, national or international) through career, leadership, public service and contributions to the common good. Nominations will be accepted until June 15. Please submit your nomination here.

New online master’s degree for the ag industry

WSU is launching a new online degree program to meet the growing need for highly skilled field practitioners and managers in today’s technologically advanced agricultural industry. The Master of Science in Agriculture with emphasis in plant health management (PHM) couples WSU’s plant sciences and plant protection programs with business management courses. The result is a new degree that gives students the ability to go from field to lab to executive boardroom without breaking stride.

The program is accepting applications now for its first cohort this fall and is offering online information sessions for prospective students wishing to learn more.


May 9: WSU Hort Club Graduation Plant Sale, in the greenhouse across from Ferdinand’s from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bedding plants, Cougar Red tomatoes, hanging baskets, and more. We grow beautiful plants!

May 24: Join 20 Washington winemakers for an unforgettable tasting event while enjoying gourmet food and panoramic vineyard views of Red Mountain, the Horse Heaven Hills and Yakima Valley. Tickets are now available for the 2014 Revelry on Red Mountain! Choose one, two or all three events to attend for Memorial Day weekend. There are a limited number of complete weekend packages available, so purchase early and let us do the planning for you! For more information and to purchase tickets that support the WSU Viticulture and Enology Program, click here.

May 27: Thinning and Pruning Workshop for landowners. Attendees will learn 1) basic tree physiology that explains how trees respond to thinning and pruning; 2) common reasons for thinning and pruning, focusing on decreasing stand susceptibility to wildfire, proactively improving forest health, and creating habitat for wildlife; and 3) programs available to provide technical and financial assistance to landowners whose lands may benefit from thinning and pruning. The cost is $20 per ownership (more than one family member may attend). Learn more.

View more upcoming events in May on the CAHNRS Events calendar.