Washington State Magazine

Fall 2011 Earth, Wind and Food

Fall 2011

Earth, Wind - and Food

In This Issue...


A Fine Thin Skin—wind, water, volcanoes, and ice :: Different as they seem, the soils of Eastern and Western Washington have one thing in common. They come—either by water, wind, or ice—generally from elsewhere. And what takes eons to form can be covered over or erode away in a geologic heartbeat. by Tim Steury

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Map: Washington soils }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: How you contribute to soil health }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: When soil goes sour }

Above & Beyond :: In the spring of 1792, George Vancouver praised “the delightful serenity of the weather.” A few years later, William Clark complained of a dour winter that was “cloudy, dark and disagreeable.” How right they both were. Weather patterns determined by mountains and ocean grant the Pacific Northwest a temperate climate that also has a dark and unpredictable side. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Links: Links to weather news, AgWeatherNet, and other resources for following Pacific Northwest weather }

Billions Served :: Seven billion people will soon become nine billion before the global population levels off. Can so many people be fed from a finite Earth? Yes, they can, say WSU researchers. But the solutions will necessarily be many. by Eric Sorensen


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Images of Antarctica: WSU geochemist Jeff Vervoort and interior design assistant professor Kathleen Ryan discuss their exhibit of photos from the frozen continent. }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Puzzle: Creature crossings: A lesson in teaching the nature of science }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Valley View Fires of 2008 and Firewise Community Produced by the Spokane County Conservation District }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Map: Historic wildfires of the Pacific Northwest }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: How to protect your home from wildfires }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Small forest management }


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Project: Coug-o-lantern Stencils for carving the WSU Cougar head logo on pumpkins }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Illustrations: Plans and sketches for new WSU football facilities and Martin Stadium }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Recipes: Pumpkin recipes }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Interactive photo: Tour the Admiralty Head Lighthouse }


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Cougar logo through the years }

New media

:: The Docks by Bill Sharpsteen ’80

:: L.A. Rendezvous by Charles Argersinger

:: A Chinaman’s Chance by Alex Kuo

Cover photo: “Small Forest in the Palouse Hills” by Chip Phillips

Fall 2011
Web Exclusives

Coug-o-lantern: Pumpkin-carving stencils of the WSU Cougar head logo

| © Washington State University


Carve your pumpkins with the Coug spirit this Halloween. Select the small or large stencil template below (for a small or large pumpkin), print, and trace on the pumpkin.

The large template prints on two letter-size pages, which you can cut and then put together when tracing.

Final step: Display your Coug-o-lantern with pride and send us photos of your WSU pumpkins.

Small pumpkin template
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Large pumpkin template 
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Coug-o-lantern - 2014

Jon Seitz '01 from Yakima made this great Coug-o-Lantern for Halloween this year.

Jon Seitz ’01 from Yakima made this great Coug-o-Lantern for Halloween this year.

Coug-o-lanterns - 2012

From Jason Childers, October 2012

From Jason Childers: I've tried for years. This is the first time I'm happy with my effort. Go Cougs!

From Cynthia Chamberlin-Reece '05, October 2012

From Cynthia Chamberlin-Reece '05:
Here is my first attempt at dremel pumpkin carving with the small pumpkin template. I think it looks great! I was born and raised in Pullman, WA and I graduated from WSU in 2005. I always was and always will be a Coug.
Go Cougs!!!
Happy Halloween.
Cynthia Chamberlin-Reece WSU 2005

From Jim Merriman, October 2012

From Jim Merriman, whose son graduates in December and daughter is a junior.

Coug-o-lanterns - 2011

Coug-o-lantern carved by Janette Mallery (Rodgers) '03, '05

Coug-o-lantern carved by Janette Mallery (Rodgers) '03, '05

Coug-o-lantern carved by Elena Mest '11

Coug-o-lantern carved by Elena Mest '11

Coug-o-lantern, Fall 2011. Carved by Larry Clark '94

Coug-o-lantern, Fall 2011. Carved by Larry Clark '94

Categories: Alumni, Visual arts | Tags: Cougar logo, Halloween, Project