PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University staff, faculty and student enthusiasm is building for Cougar Pride Days 2003, the university’s March 26-April 5 event that includes campus beautification and clean-up activity. Pullman residents are enthusiastic, too.

“The response from those on and off campus pleases me. The first Cougar Pride Days last year was successful. So, now there’s an increased understanding of the benefits of how it contributes to WSU’s quality,” said Ev Davis, who heads a campus organizing committee. “I know many who volunteered and worked last year will be back to help again. And, I have indication a lot of first-timers will sign-up to help.”

New to the effort is the City of Pullman. Alan Davis, city parks superintendent, is a committee representative. “You can’t have WSU without Pullman and vice versa. A good looking Pullman complements a good-looking WSU campus,” said Ev Davis, who is also executive director of WSU Facilities Operations.

One of the city’s Cougar Pride Days projects will involve city residents, including those in community organizations, working on the city’s park setting near the WSU Cougar Depot. They might also work on other projects, including the Davis Way arterial entrance to Pullman.

Alan Davis said the city’s participation also includes work by staff and contribution of materials.

Cougar Pride Days activities include:

–March 26, 11a.m. Cougar Pride Days Kickoff/110th Anniversary of Planting of Lowell Elm Tree, west lawn of Bryan Hall

–March 27, Noon-1:15 p.m. Women’s Recognition Luncheon, Compton Union Building Friday, March 28, 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Cake and refreshments: to celebrate WSU’s 113th birthday, served by Student Alumni Connection members in the CUB.

–March 28, 4 p.m. Faculty Honors Convocation, Bryan Hall Auditorium, sponsored by the Faculty Honors Convocation Committee.

–April 1, All day “Key day” for campus-wide cleanup and beautification projects. Awards will be given in various categories.

–Friday, April 4, Noon Cougar Pride Days Awards Ceremony, awards, presentations and participation honors, Terrell Mall.

–Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m. Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum 30th Birthday Celebration featuring the Washington-Idaho Symphony performing works of Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, including the Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy. Birthday cake will be served, and a slide show about the coliseum will be presented.

–April 30, starting at 11 a.m., President’s Employee Excellence Awards reception and presentation, Compton Union Building, Room 123, sponsored by the WSU Foundation.

For additional information, visit the www.wsu.edu/cougar-pride-days Web site. On the left hand side, click on “projects” to sign-up for campus, College Hill and Pullman projects or to nominate a project.

For more information, contact Ev Davis at (509) 335-9024.