Deans Birthday Club
The joint December/January birthday lunch was celebrated by Chuck Henry, Phil Hurvitz, Kathy Gilbert, Margaret Lahde, Kris Rustagi, Clare Ryan, and Steve West. The February lunch group included Kern Ewing, Rick Gustafson, and Becky Johnson. Mark your calendars for April 22, when the Dean will treat March and April "babies" to lunch!
Winter Quarter All-College Meeting
The Winter Quarter all-College meeting was held on February 19, 1999. The agenda included a status update on College 1997-1998 targets. An opportunity for participants to list things going well and not going well elicited the following: the Tech TAs, general staff support, and increased College-wide communication received a number of favorable comments; things we need to work on included: need for new technology funding, staff turnover transition process, isolation of remote sites, and readiness to broaden Colleges focus when appropriate.
The Colleges annual Career and Internship Fair was held on January 27, 1999. In addition to representation from agencies and companies, there were presentations on: "The Job SearchThe Federal Perspective" and "The Interview." Short demonstrations about the use of GIS as a tool in natural resource careers were presented in the GIS lab. Approximately 100 students and faculty attended this important function, which acquainted students with employment opportunities and ways to make themselves competitive in todays job market. In addition, having prospective employers visit the College and become familiar with the students, the faculty, and the facilities is a way to increase CFRs presence in the community and the region.
Companies and agencies attending included: Audubon Society; Environmental Careers Organization; Hercules, Inc.; International Society of Arboriculture; PNW Chapter, JELD-WEN of Everett; Menasha; Merrill and Ring; Oregon State Department of Forestry; Peace Corps; Quality Veneer and Lumber; USDA Forest Service, Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest; USDA Forest Service, North Bend Ranger; US Fish and Wildlife Service; USDI Bureau of Land Management; Washington State Department of Natural Resources; and Weyerhaeuser Co.
The annual College of Forest Resources luncheon honoring scholarship donors and recipients was held February 25, 1999, at the Center for Urban Horticultures NHS Hall. Linda Chalker-Scott was the faculty speaker and Jesse Barton and Margaret McCauley were student speakers for this event. The luncheon was well attended by students and donors alike, who welcomed the opportunity to share experiences and reaffirm the importance of donor support for graduate and undergraduate scholarships.
Talk by Reini Stettler
On March 8, 1999, the External Inititatives Incubator Team sponsored an informal talk by Professor Emeritus Reini Stettler. Dr. Stettler spoke on his years of experience in developing and sustaining the UW/WSU poplar research cooperative, an informally organized network that, in spite of a lack of formal structure, was very successful. Reini presented participants with some valuable lessons learned. His "guiding principles" included:
Reini also outlined some typical problems of an informal program and offered some ways to deal with them. Building trust, holding regular seminars, encouraging sabbaticals, and aiming for smaller, rather than "mega-" grants, were some words of advice.
A panel of CFR researchers (including Dave Briggs, Chuck Henry, Bruce Lippke, and John Marzluff), who are working on various models of interdisciplinary and cooperative research, provided observations from their own perspectives. Eric Shulenberger of the UW Office of Research, Multidisciplinary Research, gave an overview of the resources provided by that office. Attendees were invited to participate with questions and observations, and to exchange ideas on how to successfully develop and maintain research networks, cooperatives, and consortia.
Brown Bag Lunches
Two "brown bag" lunches sponsored by the Colleges Workplace Quality Committee during Winter Quarter were: