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V&E sees increase in fall enrollment

The WSU Viticulture & Enology Program increased enrollment this fall with record numbers for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Currently, 28 Master’s and PhD students are pursuing relevent research projects in viticulture and enology related fields – up 16% since Fall 2016.

V&E undergraduate enrollment is up 19% with 135 students.  Undergraduate V&E students are evenly distributed between the Pullman and the WSU Tri-Cities campuses.

Family dedicates Wine Science Center’s Chas Nagel Lab

Family members of the late Washington wine pioneer Chas Nagel helped dedicate his namesake Charles “Chas” Nagel Microbiology Lab at the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center.

The Nagel family poses in front of the Chas Nagel Microbiology Lab

The dedication, which welcomed Nagel’s wife Bea, son Rob Nagel, daughter Trish Niehl, and son-in-law Bob Niehl, was held Friday, Aug. 11, at the Richland-based center. CAHNRS Dean Ron Mittelhammer, Viticulture & Enology Director Thomas Henick-Kling and Academic Vice Chancellor Martin Klotz attended. A lunch celebrating Bea’s 89th birthday followed at Anthony’s Restaurant at Columbia Point.

Nagel, who died in 2007 at age 80, was a WSU scientist and a giant in the Washington wine industry, helping to prove that fine wine could be produced and marketed in our state.

“The science, winemaking practice, and wine tasting expertise that Chas brought to Washington helped lay the foundation for our modern wine industry,” said Henick-Kling.

Researchers and students will study the microbes that affect vines and wines in this lab, ultimately improving the Washington industry for years to come.


New V&E website launched

The WSU Viticulture & Enology Program, with the help of WSU CAHNRS Communications, launched a fully redesigned website on Aug. 19.  The former website was built around 2009 before some of the V&E Programs’ major milestones were achieved, including the establishment of the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center, Blended Learning student-made wines and educational wine tours, just to name a few.

“Since 2009, our program has grown and evolved. It is exciting to be able to demonstrate the complexity of Viticulture & Enology Program and provide educational resources on this new platform,” said V&E Director Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling.

A fully redesigned V&E website launched in early Aug.

In phase one of this complex project, the existing site was redesigned and reorganized.  The new website focuses on the the V&E Programs’ three pillars: education, research and extension.  For the first time, extension and research pages have been separated to give each of these programs their own identity and space to expand as the programs grow.

In phases two, individual pages will be refined and new features will be added, including a virtual tour of the Wine Science Center and an e-commerce portal to purchase Blended Learning wines and other V&E merchandise.

The website also contains a streamlined navigation system, which will help readers quickly and easily find news, events and resources.

As web traffic continues to increases, so does the need for a responsive website that is compatible with handheld devices.  The new, mobile-friendly website makes it easy to access information on the go and adjusts to fit your mobile screen.

Visit the new site here