“As another successful year in CAHNRS comes to a close, I hope you find time for friends, family, and festivities,” writes Ron Mittelhammer, Dean of CAHNRS, in his 2017 holiday message. “A bright new year is ahead of us—and I’m grateful you’ll be part of it.”
You can follow the past year’s CAHNRS highlights via social media in the college’s Twitter feed, at #YearInCAHNRS.
Award-winning alumnus works to feed the world
CAHNRS alumnus Thomas Lumpkin wants to feed the world. It’s a simple premise, but an incredibly challenging goal, and one that set Lumpkin on a career path which produced new agricultural innovations and led to international leadership positions.
In November, WSU honored Lumpkin and his career with an Alumni Achievement Award, the highest award given out by the WSU Alumni Association.
Plant Pathology grad’s species discovery helps save colorful peony
A symbol of good fortune and happy marriage, the peony has been a beloved centerpiece of floral arrangements and wedding bouquets for hundreds of years.
Andrea Garfinkel, a fall 2017 graduate from the Department of Plant Pathology is helping farmers put a stop to this pervasive pest. She discovered that there is more to this disease than anyone ever suspected.
Extension Metro Center to present Urban Green Infrastructure Summit, Feb. 21-22
Metro areas face challenges from flooding, air and water quality, urban heat islands, chronic diseases, access to green space, the need for social justice, and much more. Urban green infrastructure helps address all these urban issues.
Join the Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research’s Urban Green Infrastructure Summit on Feb. 21 and 22 at the Embassy Suites in Tigard, Ore. The summit connects government and agency personnel, university researchers and Extension professionals to create new collaborative networks, identify research and education priorities, and share resources.
National award for Brandt’s emotional-skills games project
Brian Brandt, associate professor with the WSU Extension Youth and Families Program, received the 2017 National Communicator Award at the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents annual conference in November.
Brandt estimates this project has helped more than 1,200 after-school and camp staff and volunteers influence more than 22,000 youth.
4-H association awards for WSU Extension agents
Five other WSU Extension 4-H professionals earned awards at the 2017 National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Conference, held November 12-16 in Indianapolis, Ind.
• Dianna Ullery, Thurston County 4-H Extension Coordinator, and Alison White, Yakima and Kittitas Regional 4-H Youth Development Specialist, received the National Achievement in Service Award.
• Tracie Hanson, Grays Harbor 4-H Extension Coordinator, and Mike Jensen, Pend Oreille 4-H Youth Development Faculty, earned the National Distinguished Service Award.
• Doreen Hauser-Lindstrom, Youth and Family Program Unit Director, received the National Meritorious Service Award.
Former Secretary of State, 500 leaders take part
in Ruckleshaus Center Chairman’s Circle event
More than 500 business, academic, and community leaders attended the William D. Ruckelshaus Center’s annual Chairman Circle Luncheon this fall, featuring the 66th US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.
View the footage from the event and learn more about the Chairman Circle Luncheon by visiting the Ruckelshaus Center’s website at http://ruckelshauscenter.wsu.edu. The Ruckleshaus Center thanks all who attended.