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Student Profiles — Richard Robohm


Richard Robohm is completing a Master of Science degree in the Urban Horticulture program, working in the field of restoration ecology. Richard graduated from a Tulsa, OK, high school in 1969 and briefly studied drama and journalism at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH. He left college in 1970 to devote himself to working full-time for social change, beginning a career in journalism and radical politics. Richard has lived in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Chicago, and has worked as an accountant, copy editor, railroad conductor, and as a financial analyst at a Seattle law firm. While in Chicago, he staged a one-man performance of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl." In 1989 he resumed his formal education, as a botany major at the University of Washington.

Richard says, "As an undergraduate, I helped Dr. Roger del Moral in an NSF-funded study of primary plant succession on Mount St. Helens. After earning my B.S. in Botany in 1992, I continued working as field biologist and project manager for Shapiro & Associates, an environmental consulting firm. I prepared or contributed to a broad spectrum of documents required under NEPA, SEPA, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water Act. On a controversial and intensely scrutinized, multimillion dollar project, I wrote the narrative for the Auburn racetrack (Emerald Downs) mitigation plan and answered for its design and permit applications."

Richard is currently completing his thesis on methods of restoring native grassland habitat in disturbed areas of Fort Lewis, WA. His study compares effects of several treatments in order to determine practical and efficient restoration techniques.

Beginning Autumn 1998, Richard is one of two College of Forest Resources "Tech TAs," funded by the UW's Tools for Transformation. Richard says the TAs' mission is to "provide easy-to-use, universally accessible Web tools to enhance teaching and learning and to help CFR faculty create and maintain Web sites for their classes." The Tech TAs are housed in Anderson 107B. (See Student Reports below for more detail on this project.)

In his spare (!) time, Richard is the Vice-President of the Washington Native Plant Society, and has just taken on the challenge of editing the Society's newsletter Douglasia. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Preston Arboretum and Botanical Gardens Society and is a member of the Society for Ecological Restoration and the Society of Wetland Scientists.

The College is also indebted to Richard for his formulation of "Richard's Rules," a practical set of guidelines for responsible, ethical, and professional behavior in the workplace, which he contributed as a member of the College-wide Ethics Committee.

Student News

Jeff Bash, M.S. Student in the Social Sciences program, and Marit Larson, Civil Engineering master's student, have completed a project for the Center for Streamside Studies, assessing the policy and management implications of theses and dissertations of students affiliated with the center. A summary of their report, Improving the Transfer of Information Between CSS and Natural Resource Managers, is available from CSS.

Image At the recent SAF Convention, September 19-23, 1998, in Traverse City, Michigan, the UW student team finished in the top four of seventeen teams during the College Quiz Bowl competition. Team members were Ben Carlsen and Kevin Ceder, both forest management students. A WSU student was recruited to fill out the three-person team.

Sharon Collman, Ph.D student in Urban Horticulture, gave six one-hour invited presentations during September and October at three conferences in Washington and Oregon.

Stephanie Lingwood, a Conservation of Wildland Resources/Speech Communication double major, has been honored with an invitation to join the Washington Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Margaret McCauley, master's degree student in Urban Horticulture, served as poster session chair for the Society for Ecological Restoration's Northwest Chapter meeting in Tacoma in October, 1998.

Jay Singh, Ph.D. student in the Social Sciences program, has been awarded a 1999-2000 Academic Year Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship to do field work in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Mozambique.

An October 25, 1998 article in The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) on Pack Experimental Forest included a photo of Angela Stringer, Ph.D. student in Wildlife Science. Angela is shown working on fencing and traps she uses to capture and study the Northwestern salamander.

Loree Talley, a Conservation of Wildland Resources major, was noted in the Fall 1998 Issue of Used NeWs, the UW Solid Waste Management Office newsletter in an article, "Campus Waste Study Helps Target Recycling and Waste Reduction Efforts." Loree assisted in the data analysis as part of her senior project.

Undergraduate Scholarships (Autumn 1998)

Alec Arntzen J. Kenneth Pearce Forest Engineering Scholarship
Jesse Barton Lloyd Anderson REI Scholarship
Scott Bodien David R.M. Scott Endowed Scholarship
Matt Brady College of Forest Resources Alumni Association Scholarship and Research Fund
Paul Carpenter David R.M. Scott Endowed Scholarship
Kevin Ceder WA State Federation of Garden Clubs-Violet Nevitt Gose Scholarship; Forest Resources Scholarship
Jeffrey Comnick College of Forest Resources Alumni Association Scholarship and Research Fund
Christina Gray Lloyd Anderson REI Scholarship
Amy Howells College of Forest Resources Alumni Association Scholarship and Research Fund
Audrey Kellar C. Frank Brockman Memorial Scholarship

Michelle Marvin Klemme Endowed
McCarthy Scholarship

Ai Nakamura J.H. Bloedel Forestry Scholarship
Angela Peace Mutual of Omaha Marlin Perkins Scholarship; Nord Memorial Scholarship; Forest Resources Scholarship
Rachel Ramos College of Forest Resources Alumni Association Scholarship and Research Fund
Hakjun Rhee J. Kenneth Pearce Forest Engineering Scholarship
Patrick Rusher Mackie Memorial Scholarship
Michelle Salemi Dale Carlisle Memorial Scholarship
Jeremy Tyrall J. Kenneth Pearce Forest Engineering Scholarship
Kevin Zobrist College of Forest Resources Alumni Association Scholarship and Research Fund

WPPF Scholarships (Autumn 1998)

Albert Allen
Roberta Armstrong
Christopher Ashley
Mark Blindheim
Alexander Buchanan
Carl Chasse
Mathew Clements
Edward Draper
Kelly Fisher
Eric Foshuag
Michael Freeland
Daniel Halos
Chad Halverson
Ashley Harding
Jan Hasbrouck
Aeren Huckleberry
Joshue Hudnall
Jennifer Irvin
Lindsey Irwin
Mitchell Johnson
David Kahler
Chris Krumland
Daniel Lee
Joseph Martin
Varun Mather
Christopher Matz
Gregg McCarthy
Michael McGinty
Matthew Newport
Linda Nguyen
Eric Nordberg
Michael Pearson
Deanna Pierce
Joshua Pitkin
Kellie Robinson
Craig Ruger
William Sloan
Courtney Spears
Patrick Sypher
Michelle Tibayan
Long Minh Tran
Quan Wang
Michael Wetzel
Matthew Williams
Mitzi Wischofske
Ke Xue

Graduate Scholarships/Fellowships/Awards (Autumn 1998)

Jeff Bash - Marvin Klemme Research Fellowship
Wendy Brown - Marvin Klemme Research Fellowship
Caren Crandell - Marvin Klemme Research Fellowship
Michele Dobie - J.H. Bloedel Forestry Fellowship
Eric Gay - Marvin Klemme Research Fellowship
Jon Honea - J.H. Bloedel Forestry Fellowship
Sara Jensen - Byron and Alice Lockwood Endowed Fellowship, Achievement Rewards
for College Scientist (ARCS)

Amber Kocsis - J.H. Bloedel Forestry Fellowship
Gerard Malcolm - Byron and Alice Lockwood Endowed Fellowship
Devin Malkin - Hugo Winkenwerder Fellowship
Ruth Marsh - Byron and Alice Lockwood Endowed Fellowship, Achievement Rewards for College Scientist (ARCS)
Kerri Mikkelsen - Graduate School Merit Award
Anna Portinga - Byron and Alice Lockwood Endowed Fellowship

Student Reports

Richard Robohm, newly hired Tech TA, reports "The College recently received $160,000 from the University's Tools for Transformation in support of the curriculum transformation proposal, providing three years of support for three 'Tech TAs.' The College has added supplemental funding to support a fourth Tech TA for the same period. The Tech TAs' efforts will be dedicated to helping faculty develop effective uses of technology throughout our curricula, including the Web and other computer applications. UWired is also contributing substantial time to this project."

"A critical initial task is to determine where CFR faculty are with regard to the use of technology. Our first task is to conduct a technology audit that consists of an enumeration and description of current faculty uses of instructional technology and desired future uses of technology. There will be no judgments attached to this audit. We are simply identifying where we are and where we might go in order to make the best use of our resources."

"Thus, a big part of my job so far has been meeting with faculty to learn what they are doing with the tools they have now, and to discuss how the Tech TAs can provide new tools and support to enhance their classes."

"In addition, I am working with fellow Tech TA, Ke Xue, and the folks at UWired to develop a class Web site template for CFR faculty to use. Uwired has already developed a generic template, and we are adapting it to CFR's particular needs."

"Some faculty love noodling around with new technology, some would like to but don't have time - and some would sooner endure a root canal! My goal is to minimize the time instructors spend getting class Web sites up and running, and to make the process simple and intuitive for everyone."

"By spring term, CFR students should be able to use the Web to get syllabi, class schedules, study questions, lecture notes, assignments, and other material for all their classes. Other features and enhancements will come later."

William R. Hervey Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship was established in 1984 as a memorial to William (Bill) R. Hervey, '80 CFR grad (B.S., Forest Engineering). Shortly after receiving his degree, William Hervey went to work in Alaska for U.S. Borax. He was an experienced outdoorsman and an excellent swimmer. However, while in the wilderness alone in September 1984, some unknown mishap caused his death by drowning. In a short biography written by his mother, Norma Hervey, Bill was characterized as a student of the outdoors who loved climbing, fishing, and other outdoor pursuits. "He worked to express his feelings for the world, his concerns, his adventures. His job included eagles, and salmon, water and trees. ...He would be pleased to know that he now makes it possible for others to go to college and to seek their future in the outdoors." In 1998, a process was underway to name a mountain peak in Alaska the "Bill Hervey Peak."

Following his untimely death, numerous contributions were received to create a fund in his memory. In addition, Bill left an estate that came from his investments, which was the initial gift to the scholarship fund. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Hervey, entered into an agreement with the University to establish a scholarship for the purposes of enabling junior and senior students in the College of Forest Resources to complete their undegraduate education. Awards are based on scholastic merit and academic potential, with secondary consideration given to financial need.

A partial list of William R. Hevery Memorial Scholarship recipients includes: Juliet Spence ('98, Forest Management), Christa Hewitt ('93, Conservation), Jessica Mishler ('91, Forest Sciences), Stephanie Maxson ('91, Forest Sciences).

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