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April 29, 2019

Posted by lindsey.schnelle | September 26, 2019


Congratulations to Tonia Green for receiving the Classified Technical Staff Excellence award at the WSU CAHNRS faculty and staff award night!

Congratulations to Claire Miley for receiving the 2019 School of Food Science Outstanding Advocate Award!

Congratulations to Pichmony Ek for passing their Preliminary Examination!

Congratulations to Maria Montero for passing their Preliminary Examination!

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

The 2018-19 MEETING #3 OF THE FACULTY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO will be held on Wednesday, May 1 from 3-4:30PM at the Bruce M. Pitman Center Vandal Ballroom.

The UI CALS Awards Banquet will be held May 2 beginning at 5:00 PM in the Vandal Ballroom. If any faculty wish to attend, please let Mary Ellen Martin know before April 29 so she can order tickets.

Graduate student Chen Chen, under the supervision of Dr. Amy Lin, will defend his master thesis entitled “Modulating Glycemic Response Through the Inhibition Function of Potato Peels on Starch Digestive Enzymes” on May 6, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. in Agricultural Science Building Room 62 at the University of Idaho.

Volunteer judges are needed for the Employability Skills Leadership Development Event for the 89th Washington State FFA Convention. This event simulates real-world activities used by employers and tests students’ ability to perform effectively throughout the employment process. Students submit a cover letter and resume; complete an application and a telephone interview; and participate in a preliminary face–to–face interview.  Students also experience a networking activity.  To ensure this event is as realistic as possible, we rely on judges from industry who engage in the hiring process. The event will be held Thursday, May 9th at Hulbert Hall on the WSU campus. I am in need of judges from 8:00 am to noon for the preliminary round, and from 2:00-5:00pm for the finals round. Please let Anna J. Warner know if you are able to help create a realistic job interview scenario for our students and your availability for morning, afternoon, or both.

Spring Semester 2019 Important Dates:

  • WSU Spring Commencement, Sat., May 4th
  • UI Spring Commencement, Sat., May 11th

Changes to the UI Academia Calendar for Fall 2019 –

  • (UI Faculty voted to change the start/end date for Fall 2019 semester and I expect this will be a permanent change.)
  • UI’s 1st day of instruction is August 26th and the end of semester is December 20th.
  • UI Fall commencement will be Sat., Dec 14

WSU’s Academia Calendar for Fall 2019 –

  • 1st day of instruction is Mon. August 19th and the end of semester is December 13th.
  • WSU Fall Commencement is Sat., Dec 7th

So, due to this change, UI students will be expected to arrive to campus one week early to attend their WSU COOP classes, and WSU students will be expected to stay for UI finals if they are in a UI COOP class.

The Student Section

ICEF13 has a few awards that are open for nominations. See their awards on their ICEF13 Website.

Extension Events

Registration is now open for the Basic HACCP for fresh Produce Packers workshop at Prosser, WA. Through hands-on learning, participants will be able to practice identifying food safety hazards, developing control measures, and determining approaches for documenting and verifying their actions. Register and read more on the WSU Food Safety website.

The Certificate in Seafood Science program at the Center for Advanced Food Technology in Everett has new dates available. Learn more and register at the SFS CAFT webpage.

Jobs, Internships, and Scholarships

The Washington Association for Food Protection (WAFFP) will be holding their annual meeting in Chelan, Washington in September 19-20, 2019. WAFFP will be accepting graduate and undergraduate student abstracts, focused on food safety and overall food protection, for research poster presentations now through May 17th. See attached for more information.

The Dannon Yogurt facility in Utah is looking to fill their internship position slots. For more information contact Nathan Day, Dannon’s Flow Manager.

Click here to view open jobs, internships, and scholarships on the SFS website.

Other Announcements

The Department of Ecology recently adopted amendments to the Dangerous Waste regulations. New labeling requirements will impact anyone collecting chemical waste in a container greater than one gallon. Environmental Health and Safety will be providing new 8.5” x 11” labels to meet these requirements. Any container larger than one gallon will need to have a new waste label by April 28. Over the next few weeks we will be on campus changing labels. Read more on WSU News.

The Ag Sci building elevator will be out of operation this summer and fall semester as they will be replacing the elevator. (Best case scenario: the new one will be up and running by labor day.) We are working with facilities to make any ADA accommodations for our faculty and staff who work on floors 1-3. If you have someone who may need to move to the ground floor due to ADA needs, please send their names to Mary Ellen Martin.

CALS is currently collecting items for three charitable causes.  Please see the information below and promote within your department as you see fit:

  • Phi Upsilon Omicron and UI Women’s Center Diaper Drive:  Collecting diapers, wipes, formula, and other baby products for local families.  Drop off locations in CALS: Outside of Dean’s Office in Ag Science building and in Niccolls Building.
  • CALS Food Pantry:  CALS is building up inventory for a new CALS Food Pantry, that will be located in a portion of the Ag Biotech Interaction Court kitchen.  Any donation of non-perishable food or personal hygiene items is accepted.  Drop off location is outside of the Dean’s Office in Ag Science.  However, if it is not convenient for you to drop off items there, contact Gayle Gleason ( and somebody can come to your office and pick up the items.
  • CAMP Long Sleeve Shirt, Hat, and Glove Drive:  Collected items will be donated to help Idaho farmworkers protect themselves against the dangers of sun and pesticide exposure.   New and used items appreciated.  Drop off locations in CALS: Outside of Dean’s Office in Ag Science building and in Niccolls Building.  Box will be collected around April 1, so don’t delay!