Monday, October 22, 2012

CrimJ program ranked third in nation

WSU Online criminal justice professor discusses program     Washington State University’s online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice has been ranked third in the nation.
     The ranking from TheBestSchools.org cites WSU’s long history in criminal justice education as well as the professional experience of the faculty.
     The ranking follows several other top national rankings for WSU Online in the last year:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

New ag master’s: Science plus business

Jeff Culbertson

     Washington State University is offering the nation’s first online master’s degree that combines food science expertise with management education.
     “The new food science and management option in WSU’s Master of Agriculture program opens the playing field for people with a background in food science wanting to move into management,” said food science Professor Jeff Culbertson, above.
     Food scientists are in high demand nationally and internationally, he said. “We only graduate approximately 60 percent of the food scientists needed for the jobs available,” he said.
     The management section of WSU’s new offering includes courses on project management, bioethics, and personnel and human resource issues. The science portion includes course work that focuses on one of the most important issues in food science today – sustainability. More...      “Issues like converting traditional waste streams into profitable products in food production are huge for the industry right now,” Culbertson said. “Having employees with the knowledge and expertise to make those kinds of transitions makes sense for food production companies both economically and environmentally.”
     Other science courses in the degree address food safety, principles of environmental toxicology, biochemistry and molecular biology. Several courses are being offered in partnership with the University of Idaho.
     Altogether, those earning the degree must complete 12 credits in food science, 10 credits in statistics and research methods, and 8 credits of electives in management. Details are at msag.wsu.edu/food-science.
     WSU also offers a “Certificate of Proficiency” in food science online. Information about that five-course program is available at online.wsu.edu/courses/foodscience.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Wrangling critters, helping students

Terri TimpeHer life is a zoo. Let’s do a quick snout count: Three dogs, five cats, six fish, 10 ducks, 10 hens, and, out in the pond, innumerable baby red-eared slider turtles—the unplanned offspring of a school science project.
     When Terri Timpe isn’t corralling critters, she’s wrangling kids. She has five, ranging from 33 to 10, plus seven grandchildren. She also volunteers at her kids’ school, co-owns Leavenworth (Wash.) Auto Care with her husband, Tim, and does drafting and business management for Munson Engineers in Wenatchee, Wash.
     Does she ever sleep? “I’m too interested in my day to lie in bed, and too busy at night to hit the pillow,” she said. “I usually go to bed after midnight, and rise by 6:30 to get the kids off to school.”
     But when her youngest son started elementary school, she paused a moment. She thought about how she’d always wanted to get her college degree. She looked back, with long regret, at turning down a full-ride scholarship to Stanford because she was too busy “finding herself.” More...      Then she learned she could earn her associate’s degree mostly online through Wenatchee Valley College. And decided that maybe she had too much downtime.
     “Basically, I took my books everywhere that I went,” she said. “Any spare moment—in the car, waiting at the doctor, waiting in the school parking lot for the kids—I would read.”
     She earned her two-year degree. She wanted a bachelor’s.
     “I chose WSU because it seemed to be the best online program and, believe me, I shopped around,” she said. “WSU Online is an excellent choice not only because of the flexibility, but because of the quality of the education.  I learned a vast amount from my online classes.”
     When Timpe graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in social sciences last December, she thought she was done with WSU. But WSU has a sharp eye for talent.
     In 2011, Alina Zollfrank was a virtual mentor in Timpe’s Asian philosophy course. Virtual mentors are WSU Online graduates who watch over course spaces to help students with non-academic problems.
     WSU started the virtual mentor program in 2003 with nine mentors, who are paid by the online student government. In 2010, the program won a first-place innovation award from the Center for Transforming Student Services. There are now about 30 mentors in nearly 100 classes.
     “Terri had a natural tendency to help fellow students with Angel, a willingness to ask questions that benefited the entire class, and a desire to make classmates feel welcome and appreciated,” said Zollfrank, who is still a virtual mentor, and works as a Hispanic outreach coordinator for Parent to Parent of Whatcom County. She recommended that Timpe join the virtual mentor program.
     Despite her burgeoning turtle population, Timpe decided she still wasn’t busy enough. She became a virtual mentor this fall.
     “It’s been an excellent way of sharing my experience and knowledge with those who might need it,” Timpe said. “I feel that WSU gave me so much, so it is my turn to pay it forward. WSU rocks and I tell everyone every chance that I get!”

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Share party photos on Facebook

SeattlePhotoBooth2_0136The party photos are in, and posted on Facebook. If you attended last Saturday’s pregame party in Seattle, you can tag yourself and share the photos, or download them from Facebook.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Seattle party draws more than 100

seattle pregame partyMore than 100 Global Campus students and family members noshed on coconut prawns, salmon cakes and artisanal cheeses. They put on masks and posed for photos. They talked about courses, graduation dates and life goals. (We’ll be posting more photos later in the week.)

After Saturday’s pregame party at a Seattle hotel, many headed next door to watch the Cougs take on the Ducks at CenturyLink Field.

If you couldn’t make the party, don’t worry. We have a couple more coming up, including the December graduation parties in Pullman and Seattle, and the Tacoma Rendezvous. Here’s a schedule. Please join us at one or all of these events.