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Proposed WSU medical college attracts lead gift

Efforts to establish a new college of medicine at Washington State University received a boost of private support from Bellevue, Wash., businessman and WSU alumnus Mikal Thomsen. He has committed $100,000 to directly support founding and operation of the WSU medical college proposed in Spokane.

“The state of Washington should have enough doctors in the right places to take care of its citizens’ health care needs today and in the future. That is not the case today and the trend is headed in the wrong direction,” said Thomsen, co-founder and partner at Trilogy Equity Partners.

“I believe WSU is proposing a practical and sustainable solution … » More …

New fermentation system expands WSU winemaking research

Winemaking research at Washington State University just got a turbo boost.

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and Spokane Industries have teamed up to help bring one of the most technologically advanced wine fermentation systems in the world to the Wine Science Center at WSU Tri-Cities, with a generous contribution of $3.2 million toward the $5.3 million fermentation system.

In 2012, the Economic Development Administration provided a $2.06 million grant to bring the fermentation system to WSU. The grant requires a matching contribution, which has now been provided through the generous support of Cypress and Spokane Industries.

“This fermentation system will be a great benefit to the burgeoning … » More …

WSU Tri-Cities, Kadlec Regional Medical Center announce partnership, historic gift

Representatives from Washington State University Tri-Cities and Kadlec Regional Medical Center today announced a landmark $18 million gift to support the WSU Tri-Cities College of Nursing. It is the largest single gift in WSU Tri-Cities history.

“A gift of this magnitude will truly transform our ability to advance the health of Washingtonians by expanding access to health care,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd. “We sincerely thank Kadlec Regional Medical Center for their generous investment in Washington State University and the communities it serves.”

Kadlec’s commitment creates five new endowed faculty positions on the WSU Tri-Cities campus. The Kadlec Distinguished Chairs will allow WSU Tri-Cities … » More …

Honoring Key Partnerships

Students, faculty, alumni, and friends gathered for two ceremonies to rename the College of Engineering and Architecture and the College of Business on WSU’s Pullman campus this fall. The dedications recognized and celebrated the generosity, vision, and leadership of two remarkable couples who have forever transformed their colleges and the university.

Voilands Catalyze the Future

Nearly 1,000 guests celebrated the lifetime contributions that Gene and Linda Voiland have made to the College of Engineering and Architecture, to the university, and to society, during a formal dedication and renaming ceremony for the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture on the Pullman campus, September 18.

“What I … » More …

$5 million gift funds research facility, ups state grain game

The Washington Grain Commission announced a $5 million gift to expand facilities and advance grain research at Washington State University on September 17. Plant growth facilities are central to developing grain varieties through WSU’s plant breeding programs.

Phase-1-of-grain-research-facility-550-300x145“When the Washington Grain Commission asked researchers at WSU what they felt the biggest limiting factor for moving their research forward was, they told us they needed more greenhouse space,” said Washington Grain Commission Chairman Steve Claassen. “This will be a huge benefit to Washington grain growers as they will be able to plant improved varieties of wheat … » More …

Acclaimed artist Jim Dine donates collection to Museum of Art/WSU


Washington State University’s Museum of Art announced June 10 that it received an unprecedented gift of more than 200 fine art prints from internationally acclaimed artist Jim Dine. The gift—valued at nearly $2 million—creates the largest permanent collection of Dine prints at a university in the world.

“This is a complete career overview in printmaking by one of the most significant artists of our time, all from the artist himself,” said Chris Bruce, director for the Museum of Art/WSU. “It is unprecedented for our museum and we are breathless over the scope of this gift.”
Shipped from New York and London to WSU, the … » More …

The Campaign for WSU tops the $900 million mark

The Campaign for Washington State University has surpassed the $900 million mark en route to its $1 billion goal.

“$900 million is a noteworthy milestone for private support at Washington State University, but most importantly, the impact of these commitments on the lives of our students and the reach of our research is so much greater than a dollar figure,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd.

“WSU has accomplished much during this campaign,” Floyd continued. “We have constructed state-of-the-art facilities, established and elevated top ranking research and academic programs, created new scholarships and fellowships to improve access to higher education for the citizens of our … » More …

John Gardner named VP for development

Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd announced this morning the appointment of John Gardner as new vice president for development and CEO of the WSU Foundation. Gardner will assume his new responsibilities effective July 1.

“John brings with him a wealth of experience that includes leadership roles at five land grant universities,” said Floyd. “He has demonstrated a remarkable capacity to help organizations realize their potential with a leadership style that is thoughtful, innovative and collaborative. I am confident he will successfully advance private investment and fundraising activities to benefit research, teaching and outreach at Washington State University for years to come.”

Gardner returns … » More …

Patron donates $5 million for new WSU Museum of Art

Washington State University is one giant step closer to having a new Museum of Art on its Pullman campus, thanks to a multimillion dollar contribution by one of the leading arts patrons in the United States.

Jordan D. Schnitzer of Portland, Ore., who owns a vast collection of contemporary fine art prints and who has supported the arts in numerous ways and locations throughout the country, joined WSU President Elson S. Floyd to announce the largest act of private patronage to the arts in WSU history. The announcement was celebrated amid a new exhibit at the Museum of Art, “Made in U.S.A.: Rosenquist/Ruscha,” which features … » More …

Avista Power Lab aims to prepare students for a smarter grid

A five-year pledge commitment totaling $325,000 from Avista Corp. will support research innovation and better prepare Washington State University students for new Smart Grid technologies.

Avista’s pledge will support WSU’s newly formed Energy Systems Innovation Center as well as WSU’s undergraduate power engineering curriculum, including the purchase of state-of-the-art technology for the power engineering lab.

“WSU has committed to partnering with industry to advance clean technology and to expand our power engineering program, and we are pleased and grateful to see Avista step up to make this investment,’’ said WSU President Elson S. Floyd. “Industry involvement from a company like Avista is a key component … » More …

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