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Meet Our Donors: Lloyd Cyr (’55)

Few things have the ability to unite an entire community—students, alumni, faculty, staff, and local residents—like Cougar Athletics. And when it does happen, few groups have the power to rev up the Cougar spirit like the Cougar Marching Band. That is why the late Lloyd G. Cyr (’55 Polit. Sci.) named the Cougar Marching Band in his Will. » More …

Meet Our Donors: Bev Smith (’58)

The great part about being a Coug is being in the extended Cougar family—one that provides a lifetime of friendships and support. For Beverly Dalstone Smith (’58 Psych.), these relationships are fundamental to success, life, and knowing how she wants to establish her legacy at Washington State University.

“Even before my husband passed away it was important to us to make sure our estate plan reflects our priorities. I knew we couldn’t give to every organization out there, so I went with my heart and decided to bequeath most of my estate to WSU—to what really means most to me.”

Finalizing her estate plan now … » More …

Meet Our Donors: Ghery (’75) and Marilyn (’75) Pettit

To Ghery (’75 Elec. Engr.) and Marilyn (’75 Hort.) Pettit, WSU is home. Their shared passion for WSU has led them to support programs in their majors, the Cougar Marching Band, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and more for nearly 30 years. They believe in showing their school spirit by attending basketball games and proudly wearing the University’s colors. But they also believe that helping today’s students enjoy the same advantages they had as students is an obligation, not just an option. » More …

Meet Our Donors: Bill (’49) and Peggy Barton

Dedicated supporters Bill (’49 Math) and Peggy Barton having been making annual gifts to WSU for more than 51 years, and become Diamond Donors in 2010. Over the years they have supported everything from programs in the Honors College to the Alumni Association but their primary area of passion at WSU has always been student scholarships. It was natural for them to want to fund a permanent scholarship. » More …

Meet Our Donors: Anthony M. Marchionne (’61)

Pioneer grad’s legacy supports graduate students in the Department of Psychology

In 1961, Anthony M. Marchionne earned the first doctoral degree in clinical psychology conferred by Washington State University. But that wasn’t the only or last notable achievement Toby, as his friends called him, would accumulate during his lifetime.

Having grown up in Hudson, New York, Toby wanted to see the world. Service in the U.S. Army Air Corps brought him to the Pacific Northwest, a region he liked so much he remained in the area for school. He studied at then-Washington State College where he earned his bachelor of science degree in 1952 and … » More …

Meet Our Donors: Debra Sanders

For Debra Sanders, being able to see the impact of her gifts to the University makes giving all the more fulfilling.

“It is nice to actually know the students who are benefitting from my support,” she says.

Debra, affectionately called Debbe by her friends and coworkers, has worked for WSU Vancouver for 28 years. » More …

Meet Our Donors: Kathy Montagne

Throughout the Campaign for WSU, University employees have stepped up—not only in their service to the institution, but through their personal gifts to WSU as well. Kathy Montagne is among this growing group of faculty and staff who understand the importance of supporting WSU’s students, research, and outreach. » More …

Meet Our Donors: John (’68) and Claudia Swenson

Scholarships and part-time jobs made John (’68 Pharm.) and Claudia Swenson’s WSU experience possible. Until his third year, John was a student-athlete, but then worked as a housekeeper while he completed his studies in pharmacy. And although Claudia held a President’s Scholarship, her teaching assistant position helped with her expenses as a student in the Honors Program.

Having experienced the working student life, they empathize with today’s students who face higher educational costs than ever before and want to help those who may turn away from professional degree programs due to finances. » More …

Meet Our Donors: Craig Jackson (’63)

Be approachable and accessible, share your passion for teaching and learning, and enjoy the opportunity to give back. These are the lessons that Craig Jackson learned from the mentors throughout his life and the blueprint that he follows in his interactions with the young medical students that he now teaches and mentors.

An accomplished scientist, administrator, and most recently a consulting retiree, Craig  (’63 Zool.) is especially grateful to WSU professors who were instrumental in recognizing his abilities and providing valuable advice to help him forge his path in life. Their stimulating and challenging lectures, guidance that helped him succeed in the graduate-level courses he took … » More …

Meet Our Donors: Dominique Mesick (’11)

A WSU education was Dominique Mesick’s destiny.

“I bleed Crimson,” she declares, adding that she always intended to follow in the footsteps of her mother, father, and sister—all Cougars. It was receiving a Crimson Opportunity Scholarship that helped to ease the financial burden of pursuing her studies at WSU and gave her an extra boost of confidence. “This scholarship showed me that not only do I want to be at WSU, but WSU wanted me to be there as well. It was nice knowing they wanted me to succeed.”

Strengthened by the skills she developed during her time as a student, Dominique (’11 Lib. … » More …

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