HILL AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND EDUCATION EXHIBITION
A committee representing the NASULGC Board on Agriculture Assembly
has selected through a competitive process Marcy Ostrom's proposal,
The WSU Small Farms Program: Partnering to Support Family Farms,
Land Stewardship, Quality Food, and Healthy Communities, to participate
in the 2003 Agricultural Science and Education Exhibition and Reception
on Capitol Hill on March 4, 2003. Congratulations to Marcy and to
David Muehleisen and others in the small farms program! We are pleased
they will be in Washington DC representing us.
NILE VIRUS TEAM
Tom Platt has accepted an assignment to coordinate Extension's educational
response to issues arising from the West Nile Virus (WNV) being
found in WA. Effective February 1st, Tom will help build a team
of professionals and volunteers that would help the general public,
horse owners, and outdoors enthusiasts better understand the nature
of WNV, the risk of their horse or family members contracting the
disease, relative risks of contracting WNV versus other arthropod-borne
diseases, and how to minimize risk through horse vaccination and
mosquito control. If you are interested in planning and conducting
educational programs about WNV, please let
The 2003 New Faculty Seed Grant Competition has been announced.
This program is to encourage junior level faculty (appointed no
earlier than May 16, 2000 to the present) to develop a proposal
for research, creative or scholarly activities that could provide
the potential for future extramural support. It is expected that
this program will provide experience in identifying and submitting
applications to potential funding sources, and will provide, at
the minimum, preliminary data to support future projects.
is $100,000 available this year with the maximum individual award
being $10,000. There is a 15-month funding period beginning May
16, 2003 through August 15, 2004. The deadline for applications
is March 10, 2003.
application packet is available on the OGRD
Web site. Source: Nancy Shrope, Assistant Director, Office of
Grant and Research Development
II: CALL FOR PRESENTATION PROPOSALS
As you know, the Galaxy II conference is September 21-25, 2003 in
Salt Lake City. Now is the time to prepare your proposals for presenting
seminars or research updates. Submission guidelines: http://www.cnr.usu.edu/galaxy2 for
electronic submission guidelines. Proposals must be submitted by
January 31, 2003. Presenters will be notified by March 30, 2003.
(50 minutes) or In -depth Seminar (100 minutes)
An informal session which may be a presentation, panel discussion,
round table discussions, hands-on demonstration or any other method.
A screen, overhead, flipchart and microphone will be provided when
Reports (25 minutes)
Summary of research findings that would be relevant to Extension
educators. Two reports would be grouped into a 50-minute time slot.
A screen, overhead, flipchart and microphone will be provided when
Visual displays (charts, graphs, photos) that encourage informal
discussion. A display panel will be provided for each poster. The
presenter is responsible for setting up, taking down and staffing
the display during designated times.
presenters are responsible for: a) their own expenses including
registration, travel, lodging, additional equipment rental and handouts;
b) presenting their session or finding a suitable substitute; c)
being available for consultation with participants immediately following
their presentation. All presenters MUST register for Galaxy II.
WSU/CAHE, under the leadership of Cooperative Extension and in collaboration
with USDA/CSREES, is building a partnership with agricultural programs
and institutions in Armenia. In 2003 WSU will have two persons stationed
full-time in Armenia under the Marketing Assistance Program/MAP,
Dora Rumsey (Extension Program Development Advisor) and Justen Smith
(Goat industry Development Advisor). The program is also recruiting
for the following assignments of shorter duration:
Youth Club Program Advisor
Sensory Tasting Specialist
Tree Fruit Production Specialist
information about the timing, duration and scope of work for these
assignments is included in the attached document.
that faculty involvement is normally under a cooperative agreement
with CSREES and provides faculty release time as well as covering
the travel-associated costs of the individuals.If you are interested
in one of these positions, please contact Linda Fox or Jan
Noel in International Programs for application instructions
and additional information.Appropriate administrative approvals
will be required before undertaking such an assignment.
is expanding its research and educational programs in Central Asia
and the Caucasus, including Armenia, and these assignments offer
opportunities to explore how such programs might complement and
add value to your domestic teaching, research and extension programs.
GARDENER PROGRAM LAUNCHES WEB SITE
The new "front door" to the WSU Master Gardener Program
is on-line! http://mastergardener.wsu.edu
provides a centralized site for WSU Master Gardener information
and activities while linking the counties, WSU departments, WSU
gardening sites and the support organizations that contribute to
the success of this premier WSU program. We hope you enjoy this
new site and welcome your input for improvements.
coordinators are urged to use the Statewide WSU Master Gardener
Volunteer Handbook (located in the Master Gardener Guidelines and
Procedures sidebar) as a basis for orientation presentations.The
staff link is password protected; contact Rod Tinnemore via e-mail
for access information. Within the next 4 weeks, the staff site
will contain the Statewide WSU Master Gardener Staff Handbook, containing
essential forms, graphics,procedures and useful information.
The Southern Rural Development Center has printed versions of a
publication that is available to you on a first-come, first-served
basis. They can send multiple copies.The publication is Creating
Vibrant communities and Economies in Rural America by Lionel J.
at the following Web site: http://srdc.msstate.edu/publications/vibrant_communities.pdf
SEATTLE P-I OPINION COLUMNS ON HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING
More aid, higher tuition could help: The 2003 Legislature
can follow its current drift toward short-changing students, society
and the economy of the state. Or it can set a new course that uses
every available tool -- including higher tuition -- to strengthen
opportunities for people willing to bet on their ability to succeed
in college. Read
the full PI Editorial.
ed jeopardized by rickety foundation say Dan Evans and Booth
Gardner, former governors: Washington has squeezed higher education
for the past decade and the system is now running on fumes. We
to ignore investment in higher education at our peril. Read
the full article.
summary, you may want to know that the Pi-I editorial board shipped
off packets of this series to state legislators and to the HEC Board
in Olympia as the new legislative session is under way. The P-I
also plans to produce special stand-alone reprinted copies for wider
ECONOMICS CENTENNIAL: DATE CHANGE TO NOTE
"A century of scholarship frames the future" is the theme
for the celebration of the 100th anniversary for home economics
at WSU. There are several events planned for the anniversary, including
a fall gathering of WSU home economics alumni and friends September
26-27 (changed from previously announced October 9-11, 2003). Options
available for alumni family and friends will also include A Cook's
Tour of Italy (June 20-30), and a fashion study tour in London and
Paris (May 31-June 12). For additional information about the centennial
anniversary celebrations, contact Winifred
Interim SE District Director
Effective January 21st, Mr. Elvin Kulp will be the interim director
in the SE district until the permanent position is filled. Elvin's
assignment will be 80%. Welcome back, Elvin!
Mike will be in Washington DC through January 30th. Linda will be
in Pullman next week. WSU is closed Monday, January 20th, in honor
of Martin Luther King Jr.
Kirk Fox, PhD
Acting Dean and Director
Washington State University
PO Box 646230
Pullman WA 99164-6230
(509) 335-2933 Office
(509) 335-9223 Desk/Voicemail
FAX (509) 335-2926