Washington State Magazine

Fall 2009


Fall 2009

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In This Issue...

Features

Master Gardeners :: "Cultivating plants, people, and communities since 1973" is how the Master Gardeners explain themselves. The concept has worked well. Washington, where it all started, now has over 3,000 volunteer Master Gardeners, who in exchange for training in turn give their knowledge and expertise to others in their communities. These communities have now spread across the United States and Canada. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Photographs of the Master Gardeners and their work, by Zach Mazur. }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Photographs from 1973 Master Gardener plant clinics in the Tacoma Mall }

The Shape of Things to Come :: "Life is a process of self-assembly," says biochemist Alex Li. Proteins make up our hair and muscle, our brains and lungs, our enzymes and antibodies, and each one must attain a particular shape in order to do its work. Which they do with no outside help, following specific assembly codes built into their structure. by Cherie Winner

Finding Chief Kamiakin :: A new biography of Kamiakin from Washington State University Press finally pulls together the history, legend, and cultural memory of a great chief, a powerful leader of both tolerance and will. by Tim Steury

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: The Nespelem Art Colony and Chief Kamiakin's descendants }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Sketches by Gustavus Sohon of the Walla Walla Treaty Council }

Panoramas

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Poised for playing Can changing position improve trumpet-playing?}

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Tour of the virtual WSU in Second Life }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Test: Sensation seeking scale }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Map: Puff Volcanic Ash Tracking Model }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Garfield-Palouse High School students build a lift for disabled farmers to get into combines }

Departments


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: An interview with WSU men's basketball coach Ken Bone }

Tracking

Cover photo: Master Gardener class notes, composed and photographed by Tabitha Borchardt, a graduate of the program and an intern at the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle and the Bellevue Demonstration Garden.

First Words

Interesting times, Part II

by | © Washington State University

Having not been spared from Washington State University’s recent budget woes, we can think of no other way to absorb our share of the cuts than to drop one issue of the printed Washington State Magazine.

Now, before I go on, let me make a few quick points: 1) Don’t worry, I’m not asking for money; 2) I don’t see us dropping another issue anytime soon; and 3) Even though the budget cuts are permanent, we hope to restore that fourth print issue somehow.

There being no point in whining about the matter, we’re determined to approach that reduction as an opportunity. We will, in fact, be publishing a fourth issue this year, but it will be digital. And we need your thoughts on the matter.

In spite of our grounding in print, we appreciate that the Web can do many things a print magazine cannot. It’s a marvelous supplement. The Web, we hope you have already realized, provides us with many possibilities, including video, slideshows, and interactive mapping, to complement and enhance the print Washington State Magazine.

Even so, we like print and have no intention of giving it up. Not before I retire, anyway. Call us stubborn, if you will. But for those of us raised on print, paper offers an aesthetic experience that a computer screen cannot match. Print is tactile and tangible. It fits on the coffee table much more nicely than a computer.

The only problem with print is the cost. One issue of Washington State Magazine, including mailing, costs well over $100,000. In comparison, Web-based publishing is obviously not free. Besides the necessary infrastructure, both on our end and yours, Web publishing requires just as much staff time as print. Still, what it avoids is the expensive combination of paper, ink, skill, and printing press required to produce a magazine you can hold in your hand.

So I’ll get to the point. The Summer 2010 issue of Washington State Magazine will appear only on the Web. It will closely resemble the current issues on the Web, including a PDF version in print layout. But it will also include some enhancements. For one, we’ll be introducing “My Story,” a mirror of “Our Story.” Whereas “Our Story” is about the Washington State experience, “My Story” will be a chance for you to share your experience after graduation. Like Class Notes, without the space restriction.

Between now and then, we will be prepping you for our great adventure. We will also be surveying, both before and after. But it all comes down to one fundamental question: Will you, when notified by postcard that the Summer 2010 issue of Washington State Magazine has gone live at wsm.wsu.edu, fire up your computer and read the magazine online with the same attention and eagerness as you read the print version?

Frankly, we have mixed feelings about the outcome. But we need to know exactly where you, our readers, stand on the very interesting—and unsettling—evolution of publishing.

Tim Steury, Editor

Categories: WSU history, Websites | Tags: Budget

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