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                                                Hello CSS Alumni!
                                                        As the new Chair of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, I
WELCOME NEW ALUMS!                                  am honored to introduce you to the inaugural issue of the annual Crop
                                                   and Soil Sciences (CSS) Alumni Newsletter. This newsletter has a simple
Fall 2001                                          purpose: to reconnect our department with our former CSS students.
Grady F. Johnson,                                  Our faculty and staff are tremendously proud of our graduates, and this
  B.S. Crop Science                               newsletter will provide a vehicle for bringing you up-to-date on depart-
Michael Steven Sorenson,                          mental programs and activities. It will also help you connect with your
  B.S. Crop Science                              former student colleagues, faculty, and staff. At the same time, we hope
Andrew Keith Haydock,                            to build bridges with our alumni in seeking advice and support to help us
  M.S. Crop Science                             improve our programs, to connect students with employers, to enhance
Carolyn Irene Wesselius,                        mentoring and internship opportunities, and to identify emerging job
  M.S. Crop Science                             markets for our future students.
Marco Bittelli,                                     Tremendous changes are occurring in CSS and WSU, but what else is
  Ph.D. Soil Science                           new? Change seems to be the only constant in our rapidly evolving world.
Jerry Glover,                                  We are challenged in CSS to take advantage of this climate of change to
  Ph.D. Soil Science                          improve what we do in the classroom, in the laboratory, and in the field.
                                             One of the major changes I have is to fill the void created by the departure
Spring 2002                                  of Dr. Thomas Lumpkin, former CSS chair for the past seven years. Dr.
Todd Scott Benzel,                          Lumpkin has recently become the new Director of the Asian Vegetable
  B.S. Crop Science                         Research and Development Center in Tainan, Taiwan. Tom has truly found
Karla Kay Moore,                           his niche as a specialist in East Asian agriculture, as he has more than three
  B.S. Crop Science                        decades of research experience on the production and biology of numerous
Andrew John Sharp,                        Asian vegetables and other crops. He and his family moved to Taiwan in
  B.S. Crop Science                       November, 2002. We wish them the best of luck. Dr. Lumpkin provided CSS
Jared Matt Whitaker,                      with dedicated leadership through some turbulent times, during which numer-
  B.S. Crop Science                      ous changes occurred. These changes included the hiring of Dr. Kulvinder Gill,
Tarn Douglas Mower,                      Orville A. Vogel Endowed Chair in Wheat Breeding and Genetics; Dr. R. James
  B.S. Soil Science                      Cook, Endowed Chair in Wheat; Dr. Markus Flury, soil physicist; Dr. Eric
Steven R. Lyon,                         Miltner, turf physiologist; Dr. Brady Carter, cereal chemist; Dr. Rob Gallagher,
  M.S. Crop Science                     weed ecologist; Dr. Marty Williams, weed scientist; Drs. Tim Miller and Joe
Pamela Lyn Scheinost,                  Yenish, extension weed specialists; and John Burns,
  M.S. Crop Science                    extension agronomist.
Deric A. Schmierer,                        Our CSS mission states that
  M.S. Crop Science                   we will “discover and develop
Gretchen Welfinger,                   principles of crop and soil sciences
  M.S. Soil Science                  through scientific investigation
                                     and apply these principles to the
Summer 2002                         development of new crop vari-
                                    eties and new crop, soil, and
Michael Terance Fitzpatrick,
                                    water management practices
 B.S. Crop Science
                                   in agricultural, urban, and
                                  natural environments;
                                  teach principles and appli-
                                 cations to undergraduate
                                 and graduate students; and
                                disseminate accumulated
                                knowledge through resident
                               instruction, continuing edu-
                               See Chair p.2                     Chair Dr. Bill Pan and former chair Dr. Thomas Lumpkin

    Dr. Kulvinder S. Gill—Vogel Chair
         Kulvinder S. Gill grew up on a small wheat farm
    in a village of 1,200 people in Punjab, India. Punjab, a
    small northern state in India, contributes about 60% of
    the Indian food grain reserves. At 14, he joined Punjab
    Agricultural University (PAU) at Ludhiana, Punjab. PAU,
    one of the best agricultural universities of India, was
    instrumental in bringing about the green revolution.
    He completed his B.Sc. (Honors, Agronomy) in 1981 and
    his M.S. in Plant Breeding in 1983 with distinction. He
    received his Ph.D. in wheat molecular genetics at Kansas
    State University (KSU) in 1990. He continued to work
    at the KSU Wheat Genetics Resource Center first as a
    post-doctoral appointment and then as a senior scientist.
    In 1996, he became assistant professor of wheat cytoge-
    netics at the University of Nebraska.                         L to R: Harpinder Randhawa, Mustafa Shafqat, Deepak
         Gill brings his research group with him to Pullman:      Sidhu, Kulvinder Gill, Harvinder Bennypaul, Jasdeep Singh,
    one M.S. student, four Ph.D. students, three postdoctoral     Muharrem Dilbirligi (not pictured, Mustafa Eryman)
    researchers, and a technician. Gill’s research group is
    very diverse. The students and researchers come from          tion, Harvinder is in the process of standardizing RNAi
    India, Pakistan, Turkey, and Mexico. Each member              technique of targeted gene knockout in wheat. Jasdeep
    brings unique expertise. Deepak Sidhu and Muharrem            Singh is working on the USDA-IFAFS funded marker
    Dilbirligi (both Ph.D. Students) are the most senior          assisted selection project of wheat. With Muharrem,
    members of the group. Deepak, in addition to essentially      he serves as bioinformatics resource for the group.
    running the lab, is expert in expression analysis and              Of the three postdoctoral researchers, Mustafa Eryman
    techniques such as micro array analysis, RT-PCR, RNA          has been with the group the longest. He has been zeroing
    fingerprinting/differential display and Northern analysis.    in on the wheat yield genes, a project funded by USDA-
    Muharrem’s expertise is in resistant genes. He has isolated   NRI. He is using markers from all wheat relatives (barley,
    about 200 expressed resistant gene-like sequences using       oats, rye, etc.) and DNA sequence information from rice
    approaches such as data mining, modified RNA finger-          to locate the genes responsible for grain yield. He will try
    printing/differential display and targeted isolation of       to clone those genes to understand their mode of action.
    resistant gene families by exploiting DNA sequence con-       The second, Harpinder Randhawa, obtained his Ph.D. from
    servation. Harvinder Bennypaul is working on further          the University of Saskatoon, in Saskatchewan, Canada.
    characterization of the wheat resistant genes Muharrem        In addition to working on the NSF-funded wheat genomics
    has isolated. The resource person for wheat transforma-       project, he will be instrumental in establishing and run-
                                                                  ning a high throughput applied genomics lab here at
                                                                  WSU. The third postdoctoral researcher, Mustafa Shafqat,
      Chair continued                                             obtained his Ph.D. from Kansas State University. He is
      cation, extension, publications, and professional           a soil scientist hired to work with root diseases of wheat
      contacts.” In the face of declining state support for       in Washington.
      higher education, agricultural research, and outreach,           Kulvinder’s research focus will be wheat molecular
      we are more resolved than ever before to accomplish         genetics. For basic research, he will focus on understand-
      these goals, but we recognize that we need to work          ing the structural and functional organization of the
      more closely with our constituents, stakeholders,           wheat genome, clone, and characterize agronomically
      alumni, and friends to help us accomplish this              important wheat genes, and study their mode of action,
      mission.                                                    understand mechanism of chromosome pairing regula-
           We have exciting new and ongoing research              tion in polyploid wheat, and devise approaches to effi-
      and teaching activities in crop genetics and breed-         ciently manipulate chromosome pairing for the transfer
      ing, environmental soil science, soil geomorphology         of useful genes from wild relatives into cultivated wheat.
      and geographical information systems, turf manage-          For applied research, he will focus on utilizing new
      ment, crop and weed ecology/management, precision           genomics information and technology for crop improve-
      agriculture, viticulture, sustainable agriculture and       ment. He will first establish a high throughput state-of-
      organic farming, and soil conservation/soil quality.        the-art DNA marker analysis lab for marker assisted selec-
      You will learn more about the latest developments           tion. Many good varieties are not grown mainly because
      in these and other programs in the current and              they lack a gene or two. Conventional methods take
      upcoming issues of this newsletter.                         years to fix a variety. Marker based selection can speed
                                                   Bill Pan,      this process. Kulvinder plans to standardize this method
                  Chair, Department of Crop and Soil Science      using a background selection approach. His ongoing
                                                                  project on resistant genes will have major utility for

basic and applied research. The cloned R genes will                                  Lynn
be the ideal markers for tracking the corresponding                                    Kamal
genes in the breeding material. Further characteriza-
tion of the R genes will reveal molecular mechanism
of the plant defense system against pests. His work
to characterize wheat yield genes belongs to the cat-
egory of long-term applied research. He sees the pos-
sibility to manipulate yield genes, by marker-assisted
selection in the shorter term and at the molecular                                           CSS STUDENT
level for the longer term. All projects in his research
program will be targeted towards agronomically
important genes of wheat.
     Kulvinder foresees working closely with the three     Lynn Kamal is our new academic programs coordinator.
wheat breeders—essential partnerships for impacting        Lynn is a WSU graduate, B.A. Political Science, May 2000,
wheat production and profitability in Washington.          who is working on a number of projects to bring a facelift
He also plans to collaborate with Camille Steber for       to student services in the Department of Crop and Soil
wheat expression analysis and transposon tagging,          Sciences. Drs. Kim Kidwell and David Bezdicek, Crop
Andris Kleinhofs for the structural and functional         and Soil Science graduate coordinators, respectively, are
organization of the wheat and barley genomes, and          working with Lynn to develop a strategic plan for over-
Craig Morris for wheat quality research.                   hauling our graduate programs. Currently, the graduate
                                                           handbooks are being merged and updated. The hand-
                                                           book is an important resource for both students and
                                                           faculty. Feedback from current and former students will
               IN MEMORIAM                                 help this process. The online graduate application pro-
                                                           cess will be encouraged, especially for international stu-
    Edward Burke, 88, of Ferndale, WA, passed away         dents, to reduce publication and mailing expenses. The
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002. Edward held the position         department’s policies and procedures regarding graduate
of administrative manager in the Department of Crop        student recruitment, admission, and examinations also
& Soil Sciences for many years, retiring in 1980.          are being reviewed and updated.

     Alvin Law, 87, of Pullman, WA, passed away            Have you noticed the new identity WSU has employed
December 9, 2002. Al was our turf specialist and pro-      in its marketing plan? Undergraduate recruitment has
fessor for 43 years, retiring in 1982. He helped orga-     been given a boost through the newly developed “Fields
nize the Washington State Crop Improvement Associa-        of Study” brochures that showcase this new identity.
tion in 1945, Washington state's official agency for       Brochures highlight detailed information such as majors,
foundation seed and for seed certification of certain      careers, salaries, and scholarships for each undergraduate
seed crops. He also organized the Northwest Turf Grass     option in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences.
Association. This group is now the major source of         You may view the brochures online via our Web site:
research funds for turf projects in the Northwest. He      http://css.wsu.edu. Related, Lynn is working with the
was a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy           CSS faculty to develop an undergraduate recruiting plan.
and of the Association for the Advancement of Science.     Marketing materials are currently in development to aid
He served as the marketing specialist on a USAID           CSS faculty and Lynn in their joint visits to high schools
project in India (1969–1971). While there, the team        and community colleges throughout eastern Washington;
organized an Indian Crop Improvement Association           some of these visits will be coordinated with Broderick
                                                           Gant, CAHE student recruiter.
that has helped India become self-sufficient in cereal
production. He also served on a USAID Farming Sys-
tem Project in Lesotho (Southern Africa, 1979–1982),       Office Staffing:
helping farmers incorporate improved crop varieties,       John Brabb accepted the fiscal specialist position in the
crop rotations and better animal nutrition. He was         CSS Administrative Office; his primary function is grant
awarded the Kiwanis Legion of Honor in 1996 to rec-        administration. Paul Gylling has taken over Myrlene
ognize his 50-year membership. He volunteered with         Kelnhofer’s position (staff and temporary employment,
the Little League and American Legion baseball teams.      account reconciliation) upon her retirement in May.
He also performed volunteer services on the Washing-       Soleil Martel is filling in temporarily as a result of Darlene
ton State University golf course for several years after   Miller accepting a position in the central Sponsored
his retirement. Survivors include his wife, Bobbie, of     Projects Finance Office. Lynn Kamal has stepped into the
Pullman; daughter, Diane, of Pullman; son, Jim, and        academic programs coordinator position. Continuing in
grandson, Joshua, of Spokane. His family suggests          their same roles are Mary Kate Alexander, assistant to
that memorials be made to the Simpson Methodist            the chair; Judi Wutzke, administrative manager; and Deb
Church, Pullman, WA 99163, or Pullman Child                Marsh, extension secretary.


    Ann Kennedy, USDA-ARS soil scien-           Bill Johnston was promoted to profes-       stantial success with his polyacryla-
    tist since 1989, received a 2001 USDA       sor, and has been granted professional      mide (PAM) project for controlling soil
    Certificate of Merit, as well as the        leave for Fall 2002, to travel to sites     erosion in rill-irrigated fields, as well
    Pacific West Area EEO Award. Ann is a       including the United Kingdom and            as his project to recycle organic wastes
    team member of the Land Manage-             North Carolina. At the Sports Research      through composting.
    ment and Water Conservation Research        Institute in Bingley, West Yorkshire,
    Unit at Pullman. She is investigating       United Kingdom, he evaluated blue-          Robert Stevens, extension specialist at
    the role of soil microbial communities      grass germplasm stress tolerance and        WSU-Prosser, together with co-authors
    in agriculture, as applied to no-till       collected highly evolved strains of         from Washington, Idaho, and Oregon,
    transition.                                 annual bluegrass from historical golf       received an excellence award from the
                                                courses, as well as researched the          American Society of Agronomy for the
    Cathy Perillo, instructor, has intro-       devastating turf disease, Ergot. His        extension bulletin titled, “Nutrient
    duced two new courses: 1) a GER course,     work at North Carolina State Univer-        Management for Onions in the Pacific
    Science, Society, and Sustainable Food      sity focused on development of an           Northwest” (PNW546).
    Systems, with funding from the W.K.         advanced turfgrass course.
    Kellogg Foundation and the USDA                                                         Steve Kenny, assistant scientist at
    Higher Education Challenge Grant; 2)        Joan Davenport, soil scientist at WSU-      WSU-Prosser, was named 2002 Prosser
    Soils 345, Sustainable Agriculture.         Prosser, received tenure and promotion      Outstanding Citizen of the Year at the
                                                to associate professor/scientist.           Prosser Community Awards Banquet.
    Markus Flury, associate professor, and
    Jim Harsh, professor, are recipients of     Kevin McPhee, USDA-ARS legume               David Bezdicek, professor, delivered
    a 3-year, $1.14M grant from the U.S.        geneticist with the Grain Legumes Unit      an invited presentation, Persistent
    Department of Energy to study colloid       at Pullman, is currently on sabbatical      Herbicides in Compost, at the Biocycle
    facilitated transport of radionuclides      leave in Canberra, Australia—until          Conference, May 2001, at St. Paul,
    related to Hanford.                         April, 2003. Working in Dr. T.J. Higgins    Minnesota. He also made a presenta-
                                                lab at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scien-           tion to the Washington State Depart-
    Joe Yenish received tenure and promo-       tific and Industry Research Organiza-       ment of Agriculture Task Force on
    tion to associate scientist/extension       tion), he is learning various techniques    Clopyralid in Compost.
    specialist. He was also elected president   related to gene technology in the grain
    of the Washington State Weed Associa-       legumes, specifically pea and chickpea.     WSU-Puyallup’s compost research
    tion for a 1-year term at its November                                                  team (Andy Bary, Rita Hummel, Craig
    2001 annual meeting.                        Gwen Stahnke, extension turfgrass           Cogger, Gwen Stahnke, Eric Miltner,
                                                specialist at WSU-Puyallup, assumed         and Shiou Kuo) received an achieve-
                                                duties as chair of the C-5 Turfgrass        ment award from the Washington
        2002 CAHE AWARDS:                       Division of the American Society of         Organic Recycling Council. The latter
                                                Agronomy at the 2001 ASA annual             four are members of the Dept. of Crop
       Outstanding Senior,                      meeting in Denver; prior to that she        and Soil Science.
       Andrew John Sharp                        served as chair-elect.
                                                                                            The series of 16 case studies of grower
       Alumni Association Outstanding           Ginny Prest, research technician            experience with direct-seed cropping
       Advisor, Steve Ullrich                   supervisor at WSU-Prosser, was elected      systems received the national Excel-
                                                to the board of directors of the National   lence in Educational Materials award
       Faculty Excellence in Extension,         Pesticide Stewardship Alliance at its       from the American Society of Agronomy
       Roger Veseth                             2001 annual meeting in Seattle.             during the 2001 annual meeting in
                                                                                            Charlotte, North Carolina. The series
       Administrative Professional              David Granatstein, statewide coordi-        was authored by Ellen Mallory, former
       Excellence, Vic DeMacon                  nator for the Center for Sustaining         WSU Case Study project coordinator;
                                                Agriculture and Natural Resources,          Roger Veseth, WSU/UI extension
       Additionally, these students were        and sustainable agricultural specialist,    conservation tillage specialist; Tim
                                                was recipient of the 2002 Kenneth J.        Fiez, former WSU extension soil fertil-
                                                Morrison Award. The award, presented        ity specialist; Dennis Roe, USDA-NRCS
       2001 ASA Outstanding Senior,
       Jared Whitaker                           at the Spillman Agronomy Field Day          resource conservationist; and Dan
                                                on July 11, recognizes WSU extension        Wysocki, OSU extension soil scientist.
       2002 WSSA Undergraduate                  faculty for significant contributions to    CAHE’s Susan Roberts, publications
       Research Award,                          Washington’s agronomic crop produc-         specialist, edited the series. Gerald
       Laylah (Bewick) Scarnecchia              tion and soil management. Based at          Steffen, graphic designer, designed
                                                WSU-Wenatchee, he has achieved sub-         graphics and layout for the series.

                                                                             HONORS AND ACTIVITIES

     2002–2003 Academic                       Roscoe & Frances Cox                      elected Fellow of the American Soci-
                                              Scholarship Fund—                         ety of Agronomy. The awards were pre-
      Scholarship Awards                      John Ball                                 sented at the 2001 American Society
                                              Adam Berglund                             of Agronomy meetings in Charlotte,
   Mrs. Frank S. Greeley Scholarship—         Jeffrey Brown                             North Carolina.
   Renee Rathke                               Curtis Chambers
   Max Hinrichs Sr. Scholarship—              John Hicks                                Dick Hoffman, Spillman Agronomy
   Christina Maier                            Ryan Higginbotham                         Farm manager, who retired after 19
   Kyle Watt                                  Jessica Hulst                             years of service, was honored at the
                                              Elizabeth Kohl                            2002 Spillman Field Day, July 11,
   Max Hinrichs Jr. Scholarship—              Casey Kreuger                             2002. The 2002 Field Day Proceedings
   Jessica Hulst                              Christina Maier                           volume was dedicated to Dick as well.
                                              Matthew Morelli
   Charles Dawson Moodie                      Aivars Nollendorfs                        Alan Busacca, professor of soil science
   Memorial Fund—                             Claudia Osorio                            and affiliate professor of geology, has
   Laylah Bewick                              Carol Powers
                                                                                        been awarded a three-year grant from
   Patrick Christoffer                        Latha Reddy
                                                                                        the National Science Foundation.
   Amanda McKinley                            Travis Ricard
   Nu Nu Wai                                  Wycliffe Sakwa                            Co-investigators are David Gaylord of
                                              David Soler                               the Geology Department at WSU, and
   O.A. Vogel Washington State                Chad Steiner                              Charlie Zender, an atmospheric mod-
   Crop Improvement Association—              Canming Xiao                              eler from the University of California,
   Carol Powers                                                                         Irvine. The project will involve inten-
   Ryan Higginbotham                          Reynolds-Biersner Scholarship—            sive field study of the sand dune and
   Catlynn Swan                               Joseph Gies                               loess areas in the Pacific Northwest to
                                              James Little                              reconstruct the history of activity from
   Washington-North Idaho Seed                                                          the last glaciation (18,000 years ago,
   Association—                               Roy L. Goss Turfgrass Scholarship—        to the present). The data collected will
   Carol Powers                               Aivars Nollendorfs
                                                                                        be used to test and improve global-scale
   Amanda McKinley                            Gregory Van Hollebeke
                                                                                        models of mineral dust aerosols, which
                                                                                        are important to global energy budgets
                                                                                        and, therefore, to climate change past,
Bob Warner, WSU seed scientist,            at the Lewis Alumni Centre October           present, and future.
received the 2001 O.A. Vogel Award-        14, 2002.
WSCIA Crop Improvement Award at                                                         Vic DeMacon, promoted to senior
the recent annual meeting of the           Steve Ullrich, professor and barley          scientific assistant in 2001, was hon-
Washington State Crop Improvement          geneticist, was elected Fellow of the        ored by spring wheat geneticist Kim
Association. He has since officially       Crop Science Society of America, and         Kidwell, who named WSU‘s first hard
“gone fishin.”…Bob’s tenure was            Richard C. Johnson, research agrono-         white spring wheat ‘Macon’ in recog-
celebrated by many colleagues and          mist at the USDA-ARS Western Regional        nition of Vic’s effort in the develop-
friends at a retirement reception held     Plant Introduction Station at WSU, was       ment of the variety.

                                     2003 SOIL SURVEY INSTITUTE
    The statewide soils faculty in Crop and Soil Sciences is making plans to jointly host the Soil Survey Institute in
    2003 with soils faculty at nearby University of Idaho. This will be the first time this prestigious institute will be
    taught in the Pacific Northwest. The Soil Survey Institute is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
    Natural Resources Conservation Service. Forty or more mid-career soil scientists from NRCS and other agencies
    like the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and Bureau of Indian Affairs will make Pullman their home
    for one month in May and June. The emphasis of the course is to provide the soil scientists refresher training in
    the basic sciences and other new technologies related to soil survey. The course will be run 8 hours per day for
    four weeks, offering traditional subjects like soil physics, soil chemistry, and soil fertility, along with courses on
    newer technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and precision farming. The
    course also will include at least two multi-day field trips to take advantage of the diversity of soils, environments,
    and land uses in the Pacific Northwest.
                                                                                                                Alan Busacca

    An Organic Gardening and                                    of biology, and a course in statistics or calculus, as well
                                                                as Washington State University’s General Education
    Farming Degree at WSU?                                      Requirements. Several options of study within the major
          Spring semester (2002), Kathi Peck, Environmental     are likely: animal or dairy production, crop production,
                                                         P RO
    Science graduate student, and John Reganold taught a        pest control, soil management, and business and market-
    course in organic gardening and farming (Soils 101), the    ing. They emphasize basic principles and applications
    first time such a course had been taught at Washington      offering specialization in a professional training area.
    State University. Their plans are to continue teaching the  For example, the soil management option would be the
    course and to establish an Organic Gardening and Farm-      choice for students interested in becoming organic farm
    ing undergraduate degree (B.S.) by August, 2004. Part of    managers, farm advisors, and agricultural industry con-
    the degree program will be a new summer field course on     sultants by studying the application of soil, plant, and
                                                      Certified environmentalaprinciples to food and fiber production.
    a 3- to 4-acre piece of land near Washington State Univer- Organic
                                                                     Why such degree? Consumers are embracing organic
    sity. A major in Organic Gardening and Farming would
    be a first at an American university. Washington State Dept. of Agriculture
                                                                food as part of a healthy diet, and farmers and consumers
          Planned as a College of Agriculture and Home Eco-     want more research and education in organic food pro-
    nomics degree, its development is a particularly lengthy    duction from major universities. Students contact us fre-
    process requiring feasibility discussions with faculty from quently asking about an Organic Gardening and Farming
    most departments in CAHE with regard to their contribu-     major. WSU CAHE graduates in Organic Gardening and
    tion to the curriculum. Once this is accomplished, the      Farming will be able to work in industry, government, or
    proposal would move forward through the different col-      academia. Placing graduates with Organic Gardening and
    lege and university committees, the academic senate,        Farming degrees in the workforce supports a safe, nurtur-
    and finally the Regents of the University.                  ing environment, promotes healthy lifestyles, and helps
          Since the degree program will be science based,       develop sustainable communities.
    students will have to take a year of chemistry, a year                                                     John Reganold

                                                        WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
                          Tim Rowe, Crop Science graduate, turf management option, graduated in the fall of 1993. Tim is cur-
                            rently the Golf Course Superintendent at Chewelah Golf Course. He considers his WSU B.S. degree in
                             Crop Science, turf management option “invaluable.” Tim says the 4-year degree gave him an edge
                              in competing for jobs at good golf courses and provided him the skills and knowledge to develop
                              as a turf management professional. In particular, he values the educational experience for improving
                              his communication and interpersonal skills and for exposing him to cultural diversity. Brian Harding,
                              golf coach for Chewelah High School, has nothing but glowing compliments for Tim. Brian credits
                            Tim for outstanding contributions in designing the irrigation system, and for supervising and imple-
                          menting the establishment of the latest 9-hole addition to the beautiful 27-hole golf course. Tim and
                     his wife Wendy have four children: Anna, Megan, Emily, and Ethan, ranging from 1 to 8 years of age.
                                                                                                                              Bill Pan

                          Brian Van Pelt is a 10-year WSU Crop Science alumnus, who graduated in December of 1992. Brian
                            exemplifies what it means to put a crop science degree to work in production agriculture. He has
                             been very successful as a field agronomist since graduating. He was active in crops and soils under-
                             graduate affairs as a student, and he has remained active as an alumnus of WSU, CAHE, and the
                             Department of Crop and Soil Sciences.
                            After graduating, Brian worked for Agrimanagement, an agricultural consulting firm. Here he worked
                           with almost every crop grown in the state. He learned about sampling techniques, irrigation monitoring,
                         pest management, how to formulate soil fertility recommendations, and how to make plant tissue
                      analyses. Brian also gained employee and business management skills.
               Two years later he began working for McKay Seed Company as a consultant to farmers. Currently, Brian’s position
               at McKay Seed Company involves: crop claims settlement, formulating grower crop production recommendations,
               running a small lab and greenhouse, agronomic field research and crop development, and overall management of
              the Agronomy Department. Brian has obtained American Society of Agronomy professional certifications through
              ARCPACS. He was registered as a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and later qualified as a Certified Professional
              Agronomist (CPAg). Brian said traveling, attending meetings, and making professional presentations have contrib-
              uted much to his professional success. He expressed his appreciation for the education that he received at WSU.
             Brian and Becky Sayler, who married in 1994, make their home in Moses Lake. They have two children, Kyle, 6,
             and Katie, 4. When Brian is not in the field working, he enjoys outdoor activities with his family, especially in the
             mountains. Brian also has a passion for wood and spends time in his woodworking shop crafting furniture.
                                                                                                                         Steve Ullrich

Location, Location, Location…
                                                                   Grad Students Climb High
                                                          On October 5, 2002, thirteen graduate students from the Dept.
                                                          of Crop & Soil Sciences embarked on a journey of a lifetime in
                                                          the picturesque mountains of McCall, ID. These adventuresome
                                                          spirits took part in an all day ropes course where they partici-
                                                          pated in trust, leadership, and team building activities, as well as
                                                          in confidence building exercises. They stretched their boundaries
                                                          by participating in low- and high-wire climbing activities that
                                                          challenged them to face their fear and go anyway. It was a day
                                                          destined to become a favorite memory of their WSU graduate
                                                          student experiences. Read what they have to say…
                                                                                                                 Kim Kidwell
Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) is a rap-
idly growing interdisciplinary field that deals with
the spatial component of a dataset. GIS provides
information to answer questions such as, “where                                                   “Today, I honestly would
are my highest yields,” or “where are my most fertile
                                                                                                  say that I have a different
soils,” or “where are my greatest weed pressures”?
                                                                                                  outlook on my graduate
Whenever the word “where” appears, a GIS project
probably can shed light on the problem.                                                           education here at WSU
     Recognizing the interdisciplinary applications                                               simply as a result of the
of GIS technology and the need to provide students                                                ropes course…”
with a foundation in the field, CAHE provided fund-
ing in the summer of 2001 for the department to
remodel and equip a GIS teaching laboratory in
Johnson Hall. Longtime CSS technologists, Ron
Bolton and Richard Rupp, along with Dr. Bruce             “Ropes is a wonderful and unique way of teaching and
Frazier, equipped the laboratory with computers,          reinforcing the fundamental principles that are essential
printers, and a large scanner—as well as internet         for succeeding in one’s career and life.”
access. Additionally, students have access to pocket
PCs and GPS units for data collection in the field.
Instructors in the laboratory have access to a video      “…it really gave me an oppor-
projector and laptop. A site license for the use of
                                                          tunity to evaluate myself, how
ArcGIS software from Environmental Systems Research
Institute (ESRI) allows students to train with soft-      I handle the difficult situations
ware used by government and industry. Students in         and how I can improve by
the classroom also have access to Microsoft Office®       learning from people’s behavior
through a generous donation from Terry Warwick            and from my actions. Letting
and Rochelle Bafus. Bolton and Rupp maintain the          go of the hesitation, and work-
hardware and software in the lab.                         ing as a team is the best thing
     In 2002, Dr. Frazier developed the first GIS class   that we could ever learn…”
taught in the lab, Landscape Inventory & Analysis
(Soils 467). It introduces principles of GIS from a
natural resources perspective. Several graduating
seniors who were in the class have contacted Dr.
                                                          “The framework is now in place for me and others to gain
Frazier to say they were immediately assigned GIS         more than just a degree from WSU.”
projects in their new jobs based on their class expe-
rience. The departments of Natural Resource Sciences
and Biological Systems Engineering also use the lab
to teach classes with GIS components.                                                         “During the Ropes course, I
     A sister field to GIS is remote sensing. Remote                                          felt right in the center of WSU
sensing involves manipulation and analysis of aerial                                          and within the warm heart of
and satellite imagery, and requires powerful com-                                             CAHE—with good friends and
puters. The lab has provided a new home for the                                               good supervisors… we will
graduate level remote sensing class taught by Dr.                                             remember what we did for-
Frazier. Undergraduate and graduate students also                                             ever, and the memory will be
use the lab outside of class to work on individual                                            good soil, where we stand
research projects. Additionally, other CSS classes                                            straight and grow big.”
have taken advantage of computing and presenta-
tion capabilities of the new classroom.
                      Richard Rupp and Bruce Frazier

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                            Rhonda Bafus, B.S. in Soil Science, 1995, returned to the Pacific Northwest in 1999 and works as a research assis-
                        tant at Oregon State University's Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center. She currently works in several crops and
                        has begun delving into the pathology of seed crops. Another benefit of the move—she reports she is close enough to
                        attend WSU games and see CSS friends!

                            James A. Montgomery, Ph.D. in Soil Science, 1993, received tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2000,
                        working for the Environmental Science Program at DePaul University. He teaches six courses per year, while performing
                        research on wetlands hydrology and hydric soil genesis, impacts of invasive species on soil properties, and wetland
                        water quality. In December, 2002 he will travel to Sydney, Australia, to assist the Study Abroad Program in developing
                        a course on cities and their environment for DePaul students. He hopes to lead this 10-week study trip in 2004 or 2005.

                             Kimberly Labno, M.S. in Soil Science, 2001, is working as a technical consultant at DePaul University on a wetland
                        restoration project (with James A. Montgomery–above).
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