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$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 …

Meet Our Donors: Sheridan Miller

While most teenagers spend their extra time browsing social media sites and playing video games, Sheridan Miller uses hers spreading awareness and raising funds to support a cause very dear to her heart—saving the honey bee. The 16 years old Mill Valley, California native began her fundraising efforts six years ago at the age of ten, and has recently chosen WSU as a recipient of her generosity. » More …

Washington Cherry, Stone Fruit Growers Invest in WSU Research, Extension

Washington Cherry, Stone Fruit Growers Approve $5 Million Special Assessment to Support WSU Research, ExtensionCherry and stone fruit growers throughout the state have agreed to make a $5 million investment over the next eight years to support research and extension at Washington State University Centers in Prosser and Wenatchee. This investment builds on a similar measure passed by apple and pear growers in 2011 to galvanize the partnership between the Washington tree fruit industry and WSU.

“The close partnership between Washington’s tree fruit industry and Washington State University continues to be transformational,” said WSU President Elson … » More …

Preserving the Past

With the help of generous donors, the WSU Libraries has secured a highly technical new gadget—the Zeutschel Omniscan 14000 AO—that will help to digitize thousands of historical documents, including oversized books, newspapers, and maps, and make them broadly accessible via the Internet.

“This remarkable equipment allows us to share WSU’s big ideas with the world,” says Anna Wheatley, assistant director of development for The Libraries at WSU. “The possibilities for preserving and creating unique digital collections from WSU’s holdings are now unlimited.”

The scanner is a critical investment as many irreplaceable documents within the Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections department are showing the wear of … » More …

WSU officials, donors dedicate home for global animal health

Paul G. Allen and representatives of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation were joined today by Washington State University officials and other donors and special guests to formally dedicate the Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health in Pullman. The recently completed 62,000-square-foot, three-story flagship research building is a first-of-its-kind research facility that will house a state-of-the-art infectious disease research center for investigating emerging diseases throughout the world.

Allen-Dedication-1-300x199“Today represents an important milestone in our University’s long and distinguished history,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd. “Opening this facility is a monumental step toward … » 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 …

Washington’s Tree Fruit Industry Takes Science to New Level, Largest Gift in WSU History

Apple and pear growers throughout the state have agreed to make a historic investment of $27 million over the next eight years to support tree fruit research and extension at Washington State University. It is the largest single gift in the university’s history.

“A gift of this magnitude is truly transformational,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd. “We sincerely thank the industry for making such a dramatic investment, and for finding a way to make it happen that fits the industry’s culture and values. In partnership, WSU and growers will work to ensure the industry continues to be a leader in the global market.”

Washington … » More …

Philanthropist Paul Allen supports global animal health research

Paul G. Allen, investor, philanthropist, WSU alumnus, and co-founder of Microsoft Inc., has made the largest gift to Washington State University in the school’s history: $26 million to support programs and fund construction of WSU’s School for Global Animal Health.

The gift was announced Dec. 2, 2010 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center during statewide events to launch the public phase of The Campaign for Washington State University: Because the World Needs Big Ideas.

Begun in July … » More …

University launches largest fundraising effort in its history

Philanthropist Paul Allen gives $26 million to support global animal health research

Washington State University launched the public phase of the largest fundraising campaign in its history on Dec. 2, 2010: a $1 billion effort designed to position WSU as one of the leading land-grant institutions in the world.

The Campaign for Washington State University: Because the World Needs Big Ideas seeks to reach its goal by 2015, the 125th anniversary of the University’s founding. More than 130,000 donors have committed $532.2 million to the campaign since its quiet phase began on July 1, 2006.

Alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends gathered today at the Washington … » More …

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