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Degree option supports growth of fermentation industries

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

fermentation-detailPULLMAN, Wash. – From beer and pickles to cider and cheese, U.S. food industries that rely on fermentation are proliferating – and so is the need for an appropriately skilled workforce. Starting in the fall, Washington State University will offer classes in fermentation science as part of a new option within the food science major. » More …

Sept. 30: Series on growing food starts with soil

soilEVERETT, Wash. – The Growing Groceries series of 10 extension gardening classes starts Sept. 30 and Nov. 11 with soil health and fertility. Participants who bring a soil sample to the first class will discuss lab results at the second class. » More …

Starts Sept. 30: Classes help you grow your own groceries

By Kate Halstead, WSU Extension

tomatoesEVERETT, Wash. – Growing fresh, healthy food in a sustainable way with limited space and resources is the focus of a series of classes 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 30, at Washington State University Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. SE, Everett, Wash., inside McCollum Park. » More …

Art fair offers shopping, classes and workshops

VANCOUVER – The WSU Vancouver Art Fair will be from noon – 7 p.m. on Friday, April 10 in the Firstenburg Student Commons. The fair is free and open to the public.

 

Exhibits from more than 35 art and craft vendors will be on display with several items available for purchase. The vendor booths will be hosted by community members, faculty, staff, students and alumni. Media, print, photography, pottery, jewelry, fine art and more will be represented.

 

– From noon to 1:30 p.m. the “How to Make an Online Portfolio” will be offered. To register contact Dene Grigar, grigar@vancouver.wsu.edu, fee $25.

 

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Go figure

Photo: In two of the study classes, students work in small groups.

(Photo by WSU Photo Services).

 

Calculus is the New York of the academic curriculum. If you can make it there, so the feeling goes, you can make it anywhere.

Trouble is, most students can’t.

“All across the United States, precalculus is a challenge,” said Sandy Cooper, associate professor in the WSU math department. About 40 percent of students who enroll in precalculus withdraw or fail, she said. And among students who take precalculus at WSU and then go on … » More …

Learn to taste, enjoy wine at WSU Tri-Cities consumer seminars

RICHLAND, Wash. — Wine tasting, the geologic history of wine and holiday entertaining are the consumer education seminars being offered this fall at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

— Understanding the Tasting of Wine, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. This class will introduce participants to the fundamentals of tasting and understanding the wine in their glass. Linda Moran, Vine to Wine radio host and long-time wine educator, will guide attendees through a tasting of wines. Moran will define wine terminology and increase paricipants’ understanding of the differences between the wines. This class is for people who want to understand and describe wines more accurately. Cost … » More …

WSU extends organic agriculture major

Washington State University, home of the nation’s first major in Organic Agriculture Systems, is expanding its offerings this summer with its first online class in organic agriculture. The new course, “Organic Gardening and Farming,” was developed and designed by WSU Regents Professor John Reganold and doctoral student Jennifer Reeve, who will be the course instructor. The course begins May 7.“We’ve had many inquiries from place-bound students in Washington and elsewhere as to the availability of the new Organic Agriculture Systems major via distance education,” said Cathy Perillo, coordinator of the Agriculture and Food Systems program which offers the major in Organic Agriculture Systems.“There are many … » More …

Chinese classes flourish

Christopher Lupke, WSU’s first tenured professor of Chinese, is quick to point out that while that represents a 2,250 percent increase, it’s still less than one percent of students at WSU.But it’s a start.“What we have in the United States is a gaping knowledge deficit,” said Lupke. “Language is key. Language is key to an unmediated understanding of another culture. We’ve ignored this for too long.”Eloy Gonzalez, chair of the foreign languages department, said enrollment is up across the board in WSU foreign language courses, an increase of 31 percent in the past five years, but Lupke’s ability to develop interest in Chinese has been … » More …

Dance to a new beat with University Rec

Try something new or perfect an old skill! University Recreation is offering dance classes sure to get you dancing to a new beat.Seven-week classes will be offered in ballroom, swing, hip-hop, Irish, Latin, belly, funky moves, dance fusion and ballet.Session I starts Jan. 23 and ends March 5. For class descriptions and price information visit http://urec.wsu.edu.UREC members and non-members can register online or at the Student Recreation Center service counter. For more information call Jeanna Kiehle at (509) 335-7497.

University Recreation offers free preview of classes

To kick off the new semester, University Recreation is offering Free Demo Week January 9-15.  Demo week provides students and community members the opportunity to try every fitness, mind/body and gravity, dance, self defense, and outdoor recreation class, and learn more about intramurals and sport club offerings.  Classes include yoga, cardio salsa, gravity, cycling, agility and plyometrics, yolates, meditation, abs, pilates, cardio kickboxing and much more. With more than 75 free classes during demo week, nearly any personal exercise preference can be met.  The Outdoor Recreation Center is also offering a free slide show Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the SRC conference room.  The slide … » More …