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May 28, 2019

Posted by lindsey.schnelle | September 26, 2019

*The SFS Announcements will be sent out bi-weekly for Summer*


Ellen Mahoro, Senior in Food Science, was featured in the Daily Evergreen along with three other former Gashora graduates for their efforts to change the world by going to school at Washington State University.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

There will be a professional grant development workshop held on June 13-14 at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens in Seattle, WA from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. For more information and to register head to the Grant Training Center’s webpage.

Faculty, staff and grad student volunteers are needed for event judges and student helpers for the Idaho FFA-CDE, Food Science & Technology competition. We need 12 judges that can be faculty, staff, and graduate students, and 4-6 students to manage various other events. Can any of you help with Food Science & Technology FFA-CDE competition on Wednesday, June 5th? The event goes from 12:30-4:30. The event will be held in the UI TLC building, but I have not received room assignments yet. Please reply back to Brennan Smith ( if you can help. 

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.

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

Enter the Grad School Video Contest for a chance to win $50.00 gift card. Open to all graduate students, video must be submitted by May 31. Submit your video and for more information, head to the [GRADSCHOOL.WSU.EDU/VIDEO]Grad School’s Website.

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

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

Other Announcements

The plumbing shop fielded a call from Oxarc asking that we remind all Ag Science lab users to ensure they fill up any compressed gas cylinders prior to the elevator shutdown, anticipated to be early August through end of November.  If there are any that will run out of gases during the shutdown, Oxarc can provide smaller cylinders if needed. Contact Mary Ellen Martin if you have any questions.

Interested in becoming a Farmer-to-Farmer partner? They have open volunteer positions in Guatemala, learn more at the Partners of the Americas webpage.

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.