SEATTLE, Wash. — Washington State University now has its own week, Seattle mayor Greg Nickels announced at a Downtown Seattle Rotary Association luncheon today (Aug. 28) at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.

Aug. 26-31 is officially “Washington State University Week” in Seattle.

The proclamation was one of the events leading up to the WSU Cougar football game against the University of Nevada Wolf Pack set for noon, Aug. 31, in the new Seahawks Stadium. A Cougar pre-game event begins at 9 a.m. at the Seattle Exhibition Center adjacent to the stadium.

The week belongs to the Cougars, not only for athletic success but also for outstanding research, service and academic achievement, the proclamation read. WSU also has contributed more than $730 million and 10,000 jobs to the Washington state economy.

Nickels encouraged members of the Seattle community to wear crimson on Aug. 31 to show support for Washington’s land-grant institution.