CFR Quarterly, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington
Volume 2, No. 2, Winter 1999


Faculty Profile:
Kern Ewing
Faculty News
Faculty Reports

Staff Profile:
Andy Gary Owre
Staff News
Staff Reports

Student Profile:
Roberta Armstrong
Student News


Washington Forester
Pack Forest
Other News
Past Issues






Sneak Previews


Who's in
the hole?

Putting ONRC
on the map

Dean's Notes

Dear Colleagues,

During Winter 1999 a number of College projects and initiatives were directed toward "reaching out" in a broad sense to our larger community of alumni, stakeholders, and regional policymakers. In fact, this issue of the CFR Quarterly is an experimental merger of the College of Forest Resources Alumni Newsletter with the up-to-now internally distributed CFR Quarterly. Increasing the sense of community among current students, faculty, staff, and the approximately 4,000 CFR alumni will, I hope, prove to be a positive outcome of this experiment.

Other examples of the College’s efforts to increasingly inform and be informed by the diverse and wide-ranging constituency of students and employers seeking relevant curricula and well-prepared graduates, and public officials in need of the latest research on resource management and products, include:

  • On Friday, March 19, 1999 a Regional Leadership Conference co-sponsored by the UW and King County addressed the timely issue of "Salmon and Regional Planning: GMA Meets ESA." The conference was specifically aimed at elected officials who, in the wake of this month’s listing of Puget Sound Chinook Salmon as a "threatened species," will need to address the complexities of complying with the federal Endangered Species Act and the state’s Growth Management Act. Gordon Bradley took the lead in organizing the conference and the College’s participation in panel discussions. CFR’s John Marzluff made a presentation, along with many other researchers and public officials from the federal, state, and local levels, as well as other UW administrators and researchers. The conference was sold out (150 attendees), a measure of the UW’s importance as a resource in helping to solve regional problems.

  • On March 18, 1999, the College’s Visiting Committee met and approved a new "task team" membership structure. William Corbin, Weyerhaeuser Executive Vice President, has kindly agreed to chair the committee, which now consists of task teams working on topics vital to the College and the achievement of its goals and objectives. Current task teams are focusing on (1) programs; (2) resource development; (3) outreach; and (4) information and communication. Although team membership is still under development, the level of energy and enthusiasm shown at the preliminary team "breakout" sessions was a good indication of the enhanced productive and mutually beneficial relationship of the College with this broadly representative group of stakeholders.

  • A College-wide retreat to take a "global" view of curriculum issues is in the planning stages. The retreat will take place on May 21 and 22, 1999. We are fortunate to have the assistance of CIDR, the UW’s Center for Instructional Development and Research, in developing the format for and facilitating this event, which will include an examination of teaching, learning, and employer-expectation issues. Panel discussions with advisory committee members (including prospective employers), alumni, and current students, as well as interactive, small group discussions, will provide a mechanism to develop and analyze conceptual models of curriculum. This exercise, whether it develops new models, or reaffirms existing models, will help us to take a much needed overview, ensuring that our programs fit together in a way that best captures the talents of our faculty and the enthusiasm and needs of our students, and reassuring ourselves that this is how we can best serve the future as a College.

The future of the College depends on our continually striving to reach out in a way that sustains relevance and allows us to achieve our vision of preeminence. Feedback from each and every one of you is important – don’t hesitate to contact the College with concerns and suggestions!

David B. Thorud

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