College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Enology Online, Wine Auction, Eye on Events

WSU Viticulture and Enology Certificate Program Launches Self-directed Study Option

If you do not need a certificate for employment reasons, do not have the time or financial resources for the certificate program, or are anxious to start learning about winemaking and can’t wait until a seat in Washington State University’s professional certificate program opens up, then the new self-directed program may be the option for you.

“This self-directed option is perfect for those who are ready to start their enology education right away,” certificate program coordinator Theresa Beaver said.

The self-directed program provides the opportunity to take individual courses. There are no exams or assignments due, there is no contact with the instructor, there is no requirement to attend the weekend camps, and there is no certificate. However, by purchasing a course, the student receives a link to a Web site where the lectures given by WSU experts and industry specialists can be obtained. The lectures are PowerPoint presentations with audio, and are the same lectures that students in the certificate program receive.

Unlike the professional certificate program, where the waiting list is over 600 people, the self-directed option is available now.

The Web site to take self-directed enology courses is now open and the first six courses are available. More enology courses will be added soon and a site for self-directed viticulture courses will also be available soon. The six courses currently available for self-directed study are: Wine Production, Wine Chemistry, Winery Sanitation, Winery Equipment, Economics of Starting a Winery, and Enology-Viticulture Interface. These courses range from $75-$400.

To learn more about these self-directed winemaking courses, visit To learn more about WSU’s professional certificate programs in viticulture and enology, visit

WSU enology courses are available online

WSU’s world-class enology program now offers you the opportunity to jump start your winemaking education – online and at your own pace.

Exciting, Unusual Auction Items Highlight ’09 “A Celebration of Washington Wines”

Have you always had a burning desire to experience aerobatic barrel rolls, loops, Cuban 8’s and wingovers in a Christen Eagle biplane?

Or perhaps you’re more grounded and would prefer to discuss aeronautics over dinner – a private dinner and wine tasting for ten hosted by Boeing Commercial Airplane President Scott Carson in Boeing’s private suite in Seattle’s Fairmount Olympic Hotel.

Then there is the opportunity to bid on a gift certificate for a private charter flight to a regional destination of your choice courtesy of SeaPort Airlines of Seattle.

If Cougar football is your cup of tea, then you’ll be interested in the opportunity for you and three guests to be hosted for a special day of football at the Cougar season opener at Seattle’s Qwest Field on Sept. 12 as the personal guests of WSU Athletic Director Jim Sterk.

That’s just a sampling of the many exciting items that will be on the auction block at this year’s “A Celebration of Washington Wines” gala to benefit the WSU Viticulture and Enology program.

The eighth annual black-tie event features a reception, multi-course dinner with wine pairing prepared by award-winning Chateau Ste. Michelle culinary staff and both silent and live auctions.

Other auction lots include a variety of dining and wine tasting experiences, getaways and, of course, a variety of exquisite and sometimes rare wines and collections, including the popular CEO collections of wines donated by business leaders from throughout the state.

The event has been a sellout for the past two years, but tickets are still available for this year’s “Celebration.”

“A Celebration of Washington Wines” will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24, starting at 6 p.m. at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville. Tickets for the event are $250 each, and reservations can be made by contacting Linda Bailey at or by calling 509-335-7772. The deadline for reservations is Jan. 20.

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Unusual, exiciting wine auction items

A ride in a Christen Eagle aerobatic biplane is just one of many items up for bid at this year’s “A Celebration of Washington Wine.”

Eye on Events

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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.



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


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.  


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


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


Welcome back, CAHNRS Cougs, to another exciting year at WSU. CAHNRS has experienced quite a bit of change and growth recently, but we remain committed to serving the needs of our students, faculty, and staff.

As you may have heard, our dean, Ron Mittelhammer, has been appointed interim co-provost for the university. For the duration of his appointment, I have been named acting dean for the college.

I appreciate the support I have received from around the college, and am working with the associate deans, faculty, and staff to continue CAHNRS on its positive trajectory.

Part of that trajectory is a return of the Forestry major in WSU’s School of the Environment. As a college, we’re excited to help students get started in careers as foresters, environmental consultants, reforestation specialists, and wildfire management specialists.

Those last two are obviously of timely importance, as we are experiencing the worst wildfires in our state’s history blazing across our state and region. We hope that future wildfires will cause less devastation to people and the environment because of the work our Forestry majors will do.

We would also like to welcome the WSU Children’s Center to CAHNRS. The Center, which provides care for the children of WSU students, staff, and faculty, is now part of the CAHNRS Department of Human Development. The idea for this came from President Floyd, and we’re happy to carry out his vision.

Speaking of vision—I hope your vision for your WSU education includes at least one internship experience. Our internship program adds practical, extra value to your WSU education through our Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership. The CTLL is your gateway to internships, leadership training, mentoring, and more. That ‘more’ includes connection, inspiration, transformation, and leadership.

I hope you’ll celebrate this new school year with us at our annual Fall Festival on September 10, 4–6 p.m. in Spillman Plaza, between Johnson and Hulbert Halls. We’ll have free food, fun, and games. Watch for more details on our CAHNRS Facebook page.

We in CAHNRS are here to help you grow, learn, and succeed in this changing world. We’re glad to have you with us as we continue to push forward as leaders in research, education, and world-class academics.

Welcome back, and Go Cougs!

Kimberlee Kidwell
Acting Dean, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences


Fall undergradsUndergraduate Studies

Check out every department and program CAHNRS has 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.

CTLLCenter for
Learning & Leadership

The CTLL is a student, faculty, alumni and industry partner collaboration for high quality learning and leadership beyond the classroom.

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.

Featured Research

Winter Wheat May 2014 by McFarland

‘A quiet crisis’: The rise of acidic soil in Washington

Gary Wegner first noticed the problem in 1991, when a field on his family’s farm west of Spokane produced one-fourth the usual amount of wheat. Lab tests revealed a surprising result: the soil had become acidic.

Study: Small railroads important but costly to upgrade

More than half of Washington’s short-line rail miles aren’t up to modern standards, according to a recent study by the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Washington State University Freight Policy Transportation Institute.
A grizzly bear with her cubs at the WSU bear center.

Single hair shows researchers what a bear has been eating

By looking at a single hair, U.S. and Canadian researchers can get a good idea of a grizzly bear’s diet over several months.

Fighting wildfires economically complex, says WSU researcher

Fighting wildfires is expensive. Firefighters must be paid and equipment must be purchased and transported to fires. Operations and maintenance cost money. According to a WSU researcher, the incentives to lower those costs are out of balance, and the researchers are working to understand the sources of the incentive problems.

Research shines light on organic fruit, food safety

The growing organic produce industry may soon have a new way to ensure the safety of fresh fruits. Scientists at Washington State University have shown that ultraviolet C (UVC) light is effective against foodborne pathogens on the surface of certain fruits.

Organic agriculture more profitable to farmers

A comprehensive study finds organic agriculture is more profitable for farmers than conventional agriculture. The results show that there’s room for organic agriculture to expand and, with its environmental benefits, to contribute a larger share in feeding the world sustainably.

CAHNRS Office of Research

Hulbert Hall 403
PO Box 646240
Pullman, WA 99164-6240
PH: 509-335-4563
FAX: 509-335-6751


With 39 locations throughout the state, WSU Extension is the front door to the University. Extension builds the capacity of individual, organization, businesses and communities, empowering them to find solutions for local issues and to improve their quality of life. Extension collaborates with communities to create a culture of life-long learning and is recognized for its accessible, learner-centered, relevant, high-quality, unbiased educational programs.

MudflatImpact: Burrowing Shrimp and Invasive Eelgrass

Shellfish production in Washington is a $60 million a year industry. Several major pests plague this industry, resulting in major crop loss. One of the most important pests is subterranean burrowing shrimp. These shrimp bioturbate (stir up) the sediment, causing the oysters to sink and die. For the past 60 years the industry has been using the insecticide Sevin to control this pest, but due to lawsuits its use was phased out in 2012. Without alternative control for shrimp, tens of millions of dollars in annual crop revenue will be lost and the industry will quickly lose its economic viability in southwestern Washington.

PoultryFarmImpact: The National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

The Environmental Protection Agency has identified agriculture as the leading contributor of pollutants to the nation’s rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs. These reports often do not separate animal agriculture from other agricultural enterprises, but they do note that pathogens, nutrients, and oxygen-depleting substances associated with manure are three of the top five pollutants. Some emerging issues related to manure management include: endocrine disruptors (hormones), pharmaceuticals (antimicrobials), and antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Adopting farm practices that minimize the environmental impact is important for food safety.

BiosolidsImpact: Biosolids and Compost

Biosolids are the solids produced during municipal wastewater treatment. Composts are made from a variety of organic materials, including both urban and agriculture sources such as yard trimmings, biosolids, storm debris, food waste or manure, and food processing residues. While these materials have traditionally been viewed as waste, they can play a valuable role as soil amendments in urban and agricultural settings. They provide nutrients and organic matter and they sequester carbon, thereby conserving resources, restoring soils, and combating climate change.

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Alumni & Friends

The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse college that includes 16 academic units, 4 research and extension centers distributed across the state, 13 subject matter centers, and 39 county and one tribal extension offices.

The WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) Office of Alumni & Friends is a service unit dedicated to promoting philanthropic support for the college’s research, teaching, and extension programs.

Funding Priorities

See below to learn more about our strategic and on-going  initiatives and development of world-class students and research.

Pulse Crops
Mary Kay Patton
Learning & Leadership (CTLL)
Tree Fruit

CAHNRS Alumni & Friends
PO Box 646228
Pullman, WA 99164-6228
PH: 509-335-2243


Faculty & Staff

Important Dates and Deadlines

August 24, 2015

  • Tenure and Promotion Documents need to be submitted to the Dean’s Office

September 10, 2015

  • Fall Festival


A-Z Index of Faculty and Staff Resources:

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Contact Dean’s Office:
Hulbert 421
PO Box 646242
Pullman WA 99164-6242

Lisa Johnson:
Assistant to the Dean
Hulbert 421C
PO Box 646242
Pullman WA 99164-6242

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