Kyle and Kathy Frandle met as undergraduate students at WSU. Today, 38 years later, their commitment is as strong as ever—not only to each other, but also to the university they say is responsible for providing them everything they needed to succeed.
Now owners of a thriving practice in Santa Cruz, California, the couple has the means to give back to WSU in various ways, including scholarship support and volunteerism.
Through their generous endowed gift, the Frandle Family Scholarship is providing financial relief to WSU veterinary students, who like Kyle and Kathy, know the hardships of being non-traditional students. The couple’s gift will aid married students or couples who are pursuing degrees while in committed relationships.
“We look back at our married time in school fondly,” says Kyle. “But we know how hard it can be as well.”
Working with students directly, Kyle accepted the position as a Diagnostic Challenges facilitator in 2000—a position he has enjoyed since. In these multidisciplinary, case-based exercises, WSU students learn in a simulated “real world” setting, having the opportunity to diagnose patients and also practice their communication skills while working with volunteer clients.
“Working with students,” he says, “recharges my batteries.”
In addition, Kyle volunteers his time to serve on the WSU Foundation’s Board of Trustees—assisting on Foundation committees and helping to build relationships with prospective donors. He has found particular interest in finding donors who will support the WSU Rabies Program in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. And on a recent trip to east Africa with researchers in the Paul Allen School, Kyle was welcomed with the opportunity of a firsthand view of the impact being made.
“I’m spreading the word in the veterinary community and with industry groups because it cannot be supported by academic funding alone,” Kyle says.
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