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February 2012

Perfect Pairing: Washington Wine and WSU

Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd delivered an in-person thank you to Washington wine grape growers on Feb. 8 for their part of a $7.4 million commitment to support a new WSU Wine Science Center facility; he also reaffirmed the university’s long-term commitment to viticulture and enology education and research.

The state’s wine industry agreed late last year to generate the funds for the Wine Science Center through assessments levied on grape and wine production beginning with the 2011 harvest. The Washington State Wine Commission estimates it will collect the … » More …

WSU Tree Fruit Programs Receive $250,000 from Tree Top Inc.


With the express goal of supporting Washington’s tree fruit industry, Tree Top Inc. is investing $250,000 in tree fruit research, teaching and extension programs at Washington State University.

“Tree Top’s participation in the Campaign for Washington State University is first and foremost about reinforcing the industry’s investment in WSU,” says Tree Top CEO Tom Stokes, referring to the tree fruit industry’s recent approval of a $27 million self-assessment to support WSU tree fruit programs. “It is our way of affirming our ongoing support of the industry and its long-term prosperity.”

Dan Bernardo, dean of … » More …

Bethards Estate Gifts $2.5 Million for Scholarships at WSU

Washington State University has received a gift of more than $2.5 million from the estate of Barbara Bethards to provide scholarships for students pursuing bachelor of science degrees at WSU.

Barbara Gaye Bethards (’74 Econ.) passed away July 21, 2010, at age 58 and left the bulk of her estate to fund undergraduate scholarships at WSU. Her commitment stemmed from her fathers desire to leave scholarship support to WSU as reflected in his will.

“Scholarships are increasingly important to more and more students each year,” said Elson S. Floyd, WSU president. Barbara Bethards’s generous gift for scholarships will make a meaningful difference for students seeking … » More …

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