SEL, Schweitzer family honor memory of WSU President Floyd

WSU Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown, Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, and Beatriz Schweitzer

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) contributed $100,000 to the Dr. Elson S. Floyd Medical Education Founders Fund to honor the memory of a valued friend and community leader. Ed Schweitzer, founder and president of SEL, presented the gift to WSU Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown at SEL’s world headquarters in Pullman, Wash., on Thursday afternoon.

“President Floyd contributed so much to WSU and the Pullman community,” said Schweitzer. “Because of his vision, tenacity and ability to bring people together, we will have a medical school in eastern Washington that will benefit us all.”

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 A generous gift from Phyllis Hayfield Roenicke in honor of her late father, Claude E. Hayfield, is helping WSU’s College of Business to achieve the college’s priority of helping the next generation of business leaders develop a wide range of professional skills and knowledge. Claude was a well-known pioneer banker of Whitman County. At the age of 16, he attended Washington State College and was the bugler in the ROTC unit. He opened Farmington State Bank in 1929, which he managed until his death in 1960.

At the 2013 WSU Foundation Gala, Claude was remembered … » More …



With a shared desire to help youth access and receive a world-class education, Dan and Barbara Howell are impacting the lives of countless WSU students. Through their generous gifts they are providing scholarships for student-athletes and helping to ensure that many of the University’s greatest needs are met. Their dedication has led them to being named Benefactors of the University at the WSU Foundation Gala in 2013.

Loyal Cougs, Dan (’78 Const. Mgmt.) and Barbara have made annual gifts to WSU for 20 years. They met as students at WSU and credit the University for … » More …

Campaign for WSU tops expectations

THERMOMETER-July15Officials at Washington State University announced today that the school’s most ambitious fundraising effort eclipsed its $1 billion goal and realized its most successful year of fundraising in fiscal year 2015.

Washington State University Interim President Dan Bernardo praised the commitment of alumni, friends and corporate partners who helped the university reach its target. “This campaign truly will transform WSU’s ability to tackle the grand challenges we face as a state, nation and world in the years ahead,” he said. “The effort has taught us all to recognize this is really just the beginning for where … » More …

Medical college fund established to honor late WSU president Elson S. Floyd

The Dr. Elson S. Floyd Medical Education Founders Fund was established to honor the university’s late president, who died following a battle with cancer.

Established by the Washington State University Foundation in accordance with the Floyd family’s wishes, the new fund will support the accreditation, implementation and operation of the new WSU College of Medicine. Distributions from the fund will be at the discretion of the college’s dean.

floyd-students“Washington State University would not be starting a medical school today without the vision and leadership of President Elson S. Floyd,” said John Gardner, Vice President for Advancement and … » More …

Rough to Refined

WSU dedicates new Ste. Michelle wine science center

Washington State University Thursday dedicated its new wine science center here and announced that the center will bear the name of its top supporter.

wine-science-bldg2“For more than 25 years, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has supported the WSU wine program with their own contributions as well as shepherding support from others,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd. “In recognition of their outstanding commitment and contributions, I am pleased to announce the center will be named the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center.”

Theodor (Ted) Baseler, … » More …

Advancing WSU

Five years, hard work, and courageous leadership can do a lot.

Consider where WSU is today as compared to the depths of the recession just five years ago. Then, we reacted to losing half our state appropriation by taking the road less traveled—we set priorities rather than across the board cuts. Today, we sit with a solid geography of campuses (including Everett), approval for a mission-driven medical school as a start-up for the state, and are the 42nd university in the United States to successfully wage a $1 billion campaign of private support.

I’ve been reflecting on President Floyd’s recent directive in creating … » More …

Meet: Yadira Olivera

College has taught graduate student Yadira Olivera a notable lesson she will remember throughput her life: “There is room for mistakes and growth, but Olivera-Yadiranever failure,” says the Robert E. McNair Alumni Scholar and recipient of myriad scholarships.

Yadira transitioned seamlessly from the undergraduate to graduate program in WSU’s human development department in 2013, and will receive her master’s degree in 2015. She plans to pursue her Ph.D. at Washington State University.

Recognition for her achievement s at WSU include a Gray Award for Academic Showcase and the Human Development Senior of the Year … » More …

Meet Our Donors: Laurel Mahnke (’14)

Laurel Mahnke (’14) holds Washington State University close to her heart and is willing to do whatever she can to give back to her alma mater to enhance the experiences of current and future students.

Laurel-Mahnke_pa-222x300“I want to give other students opportunities, to impact the value of the University, and to stay connected to WSU wherever I go,” Laurel says.

Her commitment arises from the friends she made and the home-like feel of the campus and community of Pullman. “I didn’t succeed on an island. Many people pulled me up along the way. People I … » More …

Meet: Kiyana Boyd

WSU Foundation Scholarship reception at the Davenport Hotel, Spokane Washington.

Kiyana Boyd Junior, Management Information Systems (MIS) Hometown:  Federal Way, Washington


Kiyana Boyd is a first-generation college student and member of the inaugural class of First Scholars at Washington State University. She is a recipient of the Meyers Family First Scholars at WSU scholarship provided through the generosity of Gina Meyers (‘85). By giving back to her alma mater in this way, Gina is encouraging first-in-their-family college students to pursue higher education and to get the most from the opportunities provided at WSU.

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