Huxley's 50th Year in Review Happy Hour!

View from base of old growth trees looking up to a bright sky and Huxley 50th logo on the lower left

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
4:30 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)




Check out this video to watch the Huxley's 50th Year in Review Happy Hour!

Brought to you by Huxley College of the Environment in partnership with the WWU Alumni Association

Join us in reflecting on Huxley's 50th Anniversary Year with dean Steve Hollenhorst and very special guests Jean Melious, Jenise Bauman, Woody Wheeler and Lori Cohen, and current students in discussing topics ranging from planning for a post-pandemic Huxley, the need to support inspiring students, pandemic stories of resilience, and so much more.

We'll enjoy a glance back at the challenges of the year and take a hopeful look ahead as we toast 50 years (and counting!) of the nation's first—and best—environmental college. We'll wrap up with a Q & A and a toast!

Steve Hollenhorst

Steve Hollenhorst

Professor and Dean

Steve Hollenhorst is a Professor and Dean of the Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University. Prior to that he was the Associate Dean of the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho, founding director of UI’s award-winning Building Sustainable Communities Initiative, founding director of the UI McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS), and co-editor of the international academic journals Society and Natural Resources and the International Journal of Wilderness. Prior to that he was on the forestry faculty at West Virginia University. While there he served as Treasurer and Vice-Chair of the West Virginia Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. He also founded the West Virginia Land Trust. His research is in the areas of land use policy and management; land trusts and conservation easements; and environmental leadership. 

Jean Melious

Jean Melious


Jean Melious is a Professor in the Environmental Studies Department of Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University. She has been a faculty member since 1996, teaching courses in land use and environmental law and policy, environmental dispute resolution, and environmental impact assessment. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Professor Melious has a Master’s degree in Urban Design and Regional Planning from the University of Edinburgh, which she attended as a Marshall Scholar. She is Of Counsel to the law firm of Nossaman LLP, where she was formerly a partner, representing public and private sector clients in environmental and land use matters.  Her research and publications focus on the integration of water law and land use planning, the Endangered Species Act, environmental impact assessment, and transboundary environmental law.

Jenise Bauman

Dr. Jenise Bauman


Dr. Jenise Bauman is a restoration ecologist and professor at Western Washington University in Huxley College of the Environment on the Peninsulas.  She earned her Ph.D. from Miami University, M.S. from West Virginia University, and B.S. at Eastern Kentucky University.  Dr. Bauman is initiating projects that are focused on the restoration of coal mine landscapes in the Appalachian forests, the recovery of riparian forests in the Pacific Northwest, and the reconstruction of estuaries in urban areas of the Western Washington peninsulas.  Her research couples field methods with molecular techniques to better understand vegetation establishment, plant interactions, and system recovery in disturbed soils.  Research foci include belowground interactions of beneficial fungi during restoration, impact of invasive species on plant-fungal mutualisms, and plant pathology within forest restoration.

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