Dean Wendy Powers Blog

Exploring Vietnam

A group of us visited with leadership and students at the Vietnam National University of Economics and Business on Monday. There was strong interest in partnering with WSU in research, student exchanges, study abroad programs, and perhaps a 2+2 program for Vietnamese students.

Two people in bee gear work with bee hives outside.

April is here

Congratulations to our newest LIFT Faculty Fellows! Congratulations also to the Celebrating Excellence Banquet honorees. We are so proud of each person recognized.

Five people stand together. The person standing in the middle holds an award.

Sharing great work

The tree fruit endowed chairs provided research updates last week. The group did a great job talking about their work and its benefits to the industry, as well as their future plans.

Close up of ripe royal gala apples on a branch with green leaves.

A quiet week on campus

This is a quiet week on campus with spring break in full swing. Next week begins the end of semester rush with events and celebrations for the many achievements of students, staff, and faculty.

A group of Biological Systems Engineering department faculty and staff stand together. About 20 or people total.

Spring has to come sometime

Spring has to come sometime, though maybe not this week. Hopefully students, faculty, and staff will find warm temperatures during spring break, or good snowpack if that is preferred.

Close-up of purple crocus. On the ground near them are dead leaves, a ground covering, and a rock border. In the background are trees, bushes, and a building.

Increasing dialogue

I was in Washington, D.C., for a couple of days this week to meet with our federal partners and members. It is fun sharing the good work and impact that results from federal investment in Extension and agriculture research, including competitive grant programs.

The US capitol, with blue skies and clouds behind it.

Busier, longer days

We had a great meeting in Prosser last week with Under Secretary Lester Moffitt. The Prosser faculty did a great job describing their programs and the benefit of the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

A group of seven people stands next to a podium and the American flag.