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August 20, 2018

Posted by lindsey.schnelle | September 26, 2019

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Save the date for the SFS mandatory all grad student orientation at 4:30 PM and safety training (mandatory for new grad, post docs, new researchers, etc.) at 6 PM in FSHN Kitchen 103/155 on Tuesday, August 21, 2018.

Mandatory Graduate Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 21 in WSU FSHN Bldg rm #103/155.

4:30pm – 6:00pm – Current and NewGraduate Student Orientation (UI and WSU combined)

This is mandatory for ALL Graduate Students (current and new)

·         Welcome from Dr. Barbara Rasco, Director of Food Science

·         Introduce all Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff

·         Review Dept’l procedures (Jodi Anderson, Jane Lawford, Dory Lohrey-Birch, Christina Rede, Mary-Ellen Martin and the Johnson Hall Graduate Center)

·         Pizza will be served

Mandatory Safety Training for all new hires/new grad students on Tuesday, August 21 in WSU FSHN Bldg rm #103/155.

Following the Graduate Orientation

·         Mandatory for all NEW Graduate students, Faculty, Staff, Research Tech’s, Postdoc’s, and Time-Slip employees

·         Faculty, please forward information to all new hires for your lab so they know they need to attend

Join the fresh charry panel on Wednesday, August 22 from 9AM-2:30PM in FSHN 146. Volunteers are needed to evaluate the sensory quality of fresh cherries. You must be at least 18 years of age to participate. The test will take about 10-15 minutes of your time. You will receive a $3 Ferdinand’s gift value for participating (please bring your Ferdinand’s card) >> more here.

Save the date for the Annual School of Food Science Back to School Potluck on Friday, August 24, 2018 in FSHN Kitchen 103/155. Please sign up for a food dish to share >> more here.

Calling all product developers!  If you are interested in dairy products or food product development, we’d love to have you on this year’s product development team for the Idaho Milk Processors Association Product Development Competition.  We’ll have our first meeting on Tuesday, August 28 at 4 PM in Ag Sciences 112 (UI campus). Graduates and undergraduates are welcome.  Bring your product development ideas!  No previous product development experience is necessary.

The WSU CAHNRS Fall Festival will be held on September 13, 2018 from 4-6 PM at Spillman Plaza (between Johnson Hall & Hulbert Hall). There will be free food, games, and a chance to visit with fellow students and student clubs. All are welcome to attend!

The Student Section

New CougarCards will soon be required for use at all WSU vending machines. Cards issued before March 31, 2018, will not work in Pullman vending machines after August 31, 2018. Visit the CougarCard office on the CUB ground floor 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday to replace your card at no charge.

The UI Presentation Skills for Scientists course is open and will be held MW in CNR 2015F at 10:30 AM. This is A hands-on course to master the skills required for oral presentations for research, teaching, and outreach. A detailed examination of all elements that must be integrated and mastered for an effective and engaging oral presentation.

VandalStar at UI will be going live this fall, Advisors will have the opportunity to schedule student appointments through VandalStar as well as see flags and kudos raised by instructors >> more here.

The 67th annual Washington Assn for Food Protection Conference will be held in Chelan, Washington in September 19-21, 2018. Registration is now open electronically using the site “Brown Paper Tickets” for those that wish to pay using a credit card.  You can get to the registration site by clicking on the link or copying into your browser Hotel Block is now open, and you can reserve your hotel rooms by contacting Campbell’s Resort directly at  (800) 553-8225.  Please mention the group #, which is Group # 479754. Rooms go quick so please make your reservations soon >> more here.

University of Idaho Federal regulations for the Federal Pell Grant funds are changing for summer 2018. For the first time in several years, undergraduate degree-seeking students who are eligible for Pell Grants during the academic year may also be able to receive Pell Grant funding during the summer. If you are looking for summer school funding and are Pell Grant eligible, please refer to the UI Financial Aid website ( for additional information.

Extension Events

The Extrusion Processing Short Course will be held on August 7 – August 8, 2018 at FSHN 103/155. Early Registration Fee: $325/attendee by July 24 >> more here.

Register for the Aquaponics and Intensive Containerized Hydroponics – Regulatory and Technical Considerations Course for September 25-26, 2018 >> more here.

Register for the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course for September 24, 2018 >> more here.

Jobs, Internships, and Scholarships

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

Other Announcements

Faculty member volunteers are needed for their time to give one lecture at the prison at some point over the next year. The lectures happen the second Tuesday of every month, from 1:00 – 2:30pm, but with driving time, security clearance, and set-up, it  works out to be a full-day commitment (11am – 4:30pm).  The topic of the lecture is wide open.  In regards to lecture style, the prison suggests the following: “Local, live “TedTalks” – relevant, interesting, and regional – demonstrate subject-specific discourse (entry-level) and indicate trends in academic research and offer some discussion time with question/answers.” If you are interested, contact Omi Hodwitz at or call at 208-885-2976.