College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

CAHNRS Honors recognize top students, volunteers

Sophie Trombetta, graduate student in animal sciences, displays her word for CAHNRS, “engaging,” during the CAHNRS Honors ceremony.
Sophie Trombetta, graduate student in animal sciences, displays her word for CAHNRS, “engaging,” during the CAHNRS Honors ceremony.

Agents of excellence were recognized at the 2016 CAHNRS Honors awards ceremony, held Thursday, March 24 in Pullman.

The annual gala highlights students, volunteers, donors, faculty and staff who represent the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences at its best.

Dean’s Wall of Honor Award: Chuck Eggert

Chuck Eggert, a WSU alumnus with a 1971 bachelor’s degree in Food Science and the owner and founder of Pacific Foods, was named to the Dean’s Wall of Honor for 2016. Eggert is a driving force behind the 30-acre Eggert Family Organic Farm on the WSU Pullman campus.

Chuck Eggert, WSU alumnus and founder of Pacific Natural Foods, speaks with students at the CAHNRS Honors reception. Eggert was named to the Dean’s Wall of Honor.
Chuck Eggert, WSU alumnus and founder of Pacific Natural Foods, speaks with students at the CAHNRS Honors reception. Eggert was named to the Dean’s Wall of Honor.

Starting by providing scholarships, Eggert stepped up his involvement with a generous family gift in 2012 to expand the WSU organic teaching farm from four to 30 acres. This gift created the largest organic teaching farm in the United States.

He is an acting member of the WSU Board of Governors and serves as an advisor for CAHNRS.

Eggert started Pacific Foods in 1997 as a soy milk producer. In 2001, he started farming. To date, his company has converted over 4,000 acres to organic land, focusing on Certified Organic crop production and high welfare, pasture-based animal husbandry.

Dean’s Women’s Leadership Award: Barbara J. Stevenson

Barbara J. Stevenson
Barbara J. Stevenson

Receiving the Dean’s Women’s Leadership Award from CAHNRS Acting Dean Kim Kidwell, Barbara J. Stevenson is a 1976 WSU alumnus and a leader in the beef cattle industry.

Growing up in Arizona, Stevenson was well prepared to attend WSU in animal sciences. Her father managed a feed yard for Farmers Investment Company and eventually started Red Rock Feeding Company that is today a 30,000-head commercial feed yard with a 1,200-acre farm still operated by the Stevenson family.

Barbara graduated from WSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and a minor in Agricultural Economics. Joining the cattle industry, she held sales and marketing positions that enabled her to become a leader and entrepreneur.

In 1990, she started Animal Health Express, a mail-order animal health and livestock supply company, with her husband Tim. In 2002, the couple opened Vaquero Feed and Livestock, a full-service farm and ranch store in Tucson, Ariz.

In 2015, she received the WSU Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Department of Animal Sciences.

Wall of Honor In Memoriam Award: Don Steiger

Don Steiger
Don Steiger

Don Steiger, a 1956 graduate of WSU who passed away on December 4, 2015, was recognized as part of CAHNRS Honors. A loyal Coug and dedicated volunteer, Steiger was born and raised in Colfax, Wash. He was the first of his family to go to college, joined the ROTC program while at WSU, and went on to serve active duty for 28 years. He retired in 1986 as a U.S. Army colonel, having earned many awards and decorations for meritorious service.

Steiger co-founded a small real estate development company in the Washington D.C. area, before moving to California in 1991. From there, he continued to oversee the management of the Steiger family farm near Colfax.

In 2006, Steiger created the Steiger Family Graduate Fellowship in Crop and Soil Sciences.  He volunteered with the CAHNRS Office of Alumni and Development, served on both the WSU Foundation’s Gift Acceptance and Management Committee and CAHNRS National Campaign Council, and was integral to the Campaign for WSU. He leaves a legacy of courage, love, wisdom and service.

Volunteer of the Year and pulse research supporter Phil Hinrichs accepts the 2016 award from CAHNRS Acting Dean Kimberlee Kidwell.
Volunteer of the Year and pulse research supporter Phil Hinrichs accepts the 2016 award from CAHNRS Acting Dean Kimberlee Kidwell.

Alumni and Development Volunteer of the Year: Phil Hinrichs

Phil Hinrichs, a third generation graduate of CAHNRS in the class of 1980, has been an active volunteer and passionate advocate for pulse crop research.

As the owner and operator of Hinrichs Trading Company, a chickpea processing company located in Pullman, Phil and his wife Pamela have worked alongside Northwest chickpea growers for the last 30 years.

Hinrichs’ relationship with WSU’s late president, Elson S. Floyd, directed his volunteer efforts to CAHNRS. He served on the CAHNRS National Campaign Council, which was instrumental in raising $251 million during the Campaign for WSU. Hinrichs continues to be a lead volunteer as the chair of the National Pulse Crop Distinguished Endowed Chair campaign, an effort to bring a world-class leader in genetics and breeding to head a nationally coordinated program developing improved pulse crop varieties.

Phil believes volunteering is the best class he ever attended at WSU.

Kevin Murphy, the Robert A. Nilan Endowed Chair in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, receives his Faculty of the Year award from CAHNRS Acting Dean Kim Kidwell.
Kevin Murphy, the Robert A. Nilan Endowed Chair in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, receives his Faculty of the Year award from CAHNRS Acting Dean Kim Kidwell.

Alumni and Development Faculty of the Year: Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy, the Robert A. Nilan Endowed Chair in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, leads the barley and alternative crop breeding program at WSU.

He was born and raised among a community of rice researchers in the Philippines. At the age of ten, Kevin did his first independent study focused on the symbiotic benefits of intercropping a nitrogen-fixing aquatic plant, azolla, with cultivated rice. Murphy received both his master’s degree in Crop Science in 2004 and doctorate in Plant Breeding and Genetics in 2007 from WSU.

His work on the International Quinoa Symposium, the Innovators Series in Seattle, and several fundraising efforts has developed unique relationships that are leading to generous support towards his breeding program. Murphy has not only raised funding for his quinoa research program, but has helped growers, students, faculty and staff expand their programs.

He has three daughters: Olivia, Eliza and Fiona.

Alumni and Development Staff of the Year: Angela Lenssen

Angela Lenssen, honored as the Alumni and Development Staff of the Year, with her family.
Angela Lenssen, honored as the Alumni and Development Staff of the Year, with her family.

Angela Lenssen spent more than four years managing the marketing and communications for the bi-state School of Food Science, a collaborative program shared between the University of Idaho and WSU.

Acting as a conduit between students, alumni, and industry partners, she helped bridge both universities and private industry to enhance student experiences and opportunities. Lenssen developed internships and helped students with employment placement, working closely with the development offices to increase scholarship funding and overall private support benefiting students and programs in Food Science.

In January, she left the school to become Marketing and Promotions Coordinator for WSU Summer Session.

Lenssen is a native of the Palouse. Her father and her husband, Dwayne, are dryland grain farmers. Angela and Dwayne have three children: Sadie, Allison and Grant.

Student Awards

2016 Aggie of the Year Jenica Hagler is a senior in Agricultural and Food Systems.
2016 Aggie of the Year Jenica Hagler is a senior in Agricultural and Food Systems.

Aggie of the Year

Jenica Hagler was selected as the top agricultural student of the year. She is a senior studying Agricultural and Food Business Economics.

Nominees: Hannah Symonds, AFS, Agricultural Education; Francisco Gonzalez, AFS, Agricultural Technology and Production Management; Clint Keane, Animal Sciences, Animal Management Option; Lauren Celmer, Food Science; Brent Etzkorn, Integrated Plant Sciences (IPS), Fruit and Vegetable Management; Suzanne Kaye, IPS, Viticulture and Enology, Tri-Cities.

Family and Consumer Scientist

Winner: Hayley Hohman, Economic Sciences, Quantitative Economics Option. Nominees: Sophia Collins, Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles, Design Option; Hailey Wright, Human Development; Taylor Weik, Landscape Architecture.

Outstanding Junior in Agricultural Sciences

Winner: Kyle Strachila, Agricultural and Food Systems (AFS), Agricultural and Food Business Economics. Nominees: Randee Zerger, AFS, Agriculture and Food Security; Jesse White, AFS, Agricultural Education; Brandon Knodel, AFS, Agricultural Technology and Production Management; Aaron Appleby, AFS, Organic Agriculture Systems; Sarah Willsey. Animal Sciences, Pre-Veterinary Medicine Option; Zoe Cross, Food Science; Brennan Hyden, Integrated Plant Sciences (IPS), Agricultural Biotechnology; Tyler Baker, IPS, Fruit and Vegetable Management; McKinley Dixon, IPS, Viticulture and Enology; Trevor Powers, IPS, Viticulture and Enology, Tri-Cities.

Bunny and Brandon
Scholarship donor Cecelia “Bunny” Quirk meets recipient Brandon Knodel, an Agricultural and Food Systems major, at the 2016 CAHNRS Honors reception, Thursday, March 24. More than 30 students, donors, volunteers and faculty were recognized at the annual awards night.

Outstanding Junior in Human Sciences

Winner: Mackenzie Selleg, Human Development. Nominees: Kristen Ozaki, Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles, Merchandising Option; Abigail Dovre, Economic Sciences, Business Economics Option; Christina Andresen, Interior Design; Anna Staal, Landscape Architecture.

Emerging Undergrad Leader in Agriculture

Winner: Serena Ranney, Food Science. Nominees: Molly Dilworth, Agricultural and Food Systems, Agricultural and Food Business Economics; Tynnetta Stumvoll, Animal Sciences, Pre-Veterinary Medicine Option; Katilin Miller, Integrated Plant Sciences (IPS), Agricultural Biotechnology; Christopher Wiley, IPS, Field Crop Management; Ryan Kraemer, IPS, Landscape, Nursery, Greenhouse Management; Melanie Ford, IPS, Viticulture and Enology, Tri-Cities.

Emerging Undergrad Leader in Human Sciences

Winner: Shelby Ruiz, Interior Design. Nominees: Marisa Cargin, Economic Sciences, Business Economics Option; Elizabeth Healy, Human Development; Philip VanDevanter, Landscape Architecture.

Yvonne Thompson, a crop and soil sciences graduate student, meets Mary Ellen, Blaire and Craig Steiger, whose family’s scholarship supports her studies.
Yvonne Thompson, a crop and soil sciences graduate student, meets Mary Ellen, Blaire and Craig Steiger, whose family’s scholarship supports her studies.

Outstanding Seniors

Stephanie George, Agricultural and Food Systems (AFS), Agricultural and Food Business Economics; Mia Thomsen, AFS, Agricultural Education; Brett Larmer, AFS, Agricultural Technology and Production Management; Clint Keane, Animal Sciences, Animal Management Option; Sophia Collins, Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles, Design Option; Ember Steen, AMDT, Merchandising Option; Madison Moore, Economic Sciences, Agricultural Economics Option; Justin Shiver, Economic Sciences, Business Economics Option; Corbin Poppe, Economic Sciences, Economics, Policy and Law Option; Riley Seeger, Economic Sciences, Environmental and Resource Economics Option; David Park, Economic Sciences, Financial Markets Option;  Jordan Sperl, Economic Sciences, International Economics and Development Option; Crystal Swanson, Economic Sciences, Quantiative Economics Option; Jake Blaylock, Food Science; Hailey Wright, Human Development; Hanadie Morrison, Human Development, Global Campus; Griffin Berger, Integrated Plant Sciences (IPS), Fruit and Vegetable Management; Megan Davis, IPS, Landscape, Nursery, Greenhouse Management; Sean Lanphere, IPS, Turfgrass Management; Molly Warren, IPS, Viticulture and Enology; Daniel Hottell, IPS, Viticulture and Enology, Tri-Cities; Julie Harris, Interior Design; Jeremy Auer, Landscape Architecture; Logan Eres, Western Agricultural Economics Association; Adrian Rus, Wildlife Ecology.

Superior Club

Winner: Dairy Club. Nominees: Food Engineering Club, Food Product Development Team, Horticulture Club, Human Development Club, Pre-Vet Club, Student Swine Co-op.

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CAHNRS is more than agriculture. With 24 majors, 19 minors, and 27 graduate level programs, we are one of the largest, most diverse colleges at WSU. CAHNRS Cougs are making a difference in the wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities, improving ecological and economic systems, and advancing agricultural sciences.

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Diversity

With 24 majors, 19 minors, and 27 graduate level programs, CAHNRS is one of the largest, most diverse colleges at WSU.

Scholarships

CAHNRS students are awarded more than $600,000 in scholarships annually.

Discovery

CAHNRS leads in discovery through its high-quality research programs. In 2014, CAHNRS received research funding exceeding $81.5M. This accounts for nearly 40% of all research funding received by WSU.  

Opportunity

CAHNRS has 39 student clubs and organizations to enhance student experiences and opportunities.

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CAHNRS Academic Programs

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Check out what our academic departments and programs have to offer, from Interior Design to Agriculture to Wildlife Ecology. We have 13 departments and schools to prepare you for your chosen career.

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Students have a variety of options to pursue masters and doctoral degrees. Many of these have very specific background requirements, so we suggest exploring the individual programs for academic guidelines.

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Inspiring Teamwork – Arron Carter

It started with a car, a ’69 Corvette Stingray to be exact.

When Arron Carter, the director of the Washington State University Winter Wheat Breeding Program, was in high school his agricultural teacher had a ’69 Corvette Stingray. Every year this teacher would let his favorite senior take the car to senior prom. Carter had never taken an agriculture class before, but he knew he wanted to drive that car.

“Well, if I’m going to be the favorite senior,” Carter said to himself, “I’d better start taking some ag classes.”…

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CAHNRS Office of Research

Agricultural Research Center

Mission Statement

The goal of the Washington State University CAHNRS Office of Research is to promote research beneficial to the citizens of Washington. The Office of Research recognizes its unique land-grant research mission to the people of Washington and their increasing global connections. The CAHNRS Office of Research provides leadership in discovering and applying knowledge through high-quality research that contributes to a safe and abundant food, fiber, and energy supply while enhancing the sustainability of agricultural and natural resource systems.

Research Update

Washington State University’s screening continues to find no evidence of glyphosate herbicide resistance in Pacific Northwest wheat varieties

In each of the last three years (2014, 2015 and 2016), the field screening process has involved over 80 varieties, 2,000 advanced breeding lines and more than 35,000 individual plots from WSU cereal breeding and variety evaluation programs. Collectively, varieties included in these trials represent over 95 percent of the wheat acreage planted in Washington.

Featured Research

Want fries with that? Stealth potato virus threatens industry

Newly emerged viruses threaten the U.S. potato industry, including potatoes grown in Washington. Several newly evolved strains of the disease known as potato virus Y, or PVY, can render potatoes unmarketable and reduce crop yield. What’s worse is the new viruses are particularly difficult to detect with the naked eye.

Horned larks undeterred by efforts to protect canola seedlings

Horned larks are turning up in droves near Lind, Wash. and decimating newly planted winter and spring canola fields despite multiple efforts to deter them.

In search of the perfect steak

Imagine taking your first bite of a $40 rib-eye steak—only to chew on beef that’s as tough as shoe leather. Talk about disappointment! “A tough steak is not a pleasant experience,” says Frank Hendrix, a WSU Extension Educator and animal scientist.

Workshops to discuss changing water forecast for Columbia Basin

How changing water availability in the Columbia River Basin could affect people, farms and fish is the focus of a series of free public workshops in June. Scheduled for June 21, 22 and 23 in Richland, Wenatchee and Spokane, the workshops give a first look at the 2016 Columbia River Basin Long-Term Water Supply and Demand Forecast.

After landslide, communities rewarded for resilience

Two years after the deadly landslide that devastated the Oso, Wash., area, the towns of Darrington and Arlington were announced April 27 as finalists in the America’s Best Communities (ABC) competition.

$11M funds food safety tech transfer to markets

WSU aims to meet growing demand for safe, high quality, additive-free packaged foods thanks to two recent investments in innovative food processing technology based on microwave energy.




Alumni & Friends

Welcome to alumni, friends, and supporters of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS). You are a core part of our CAHNRS Coug family and have made major impacts in our college, communities, and throughout the world. We recognize only a handful of them here.

More than 9,000 alumni and friends contributed to our Campaign for WSU, the most ambitious fundraising effort in university history. The campaign concluded in 2015 with $215 million and endless amounts of impact. Here is a glimpse of what transpired in the Campaign.

Although the campaign concluded, momentum continues to make a difference in our land-grant mission and education. On-going investment in time and resources from our alumni and friends helps to advance our best programs, attract the most talented faculty, and support our brightest students.

There are so many ways to stay involved with CAHNRS. Share your news in the college’s magazine ReConnect. Get involved with student success or support our college as whole by making a gift to the CAHNRS Excellence Fund.

 

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