Alaska Airlines Day set for Oct. 19

Alaska Airlines aircraft decorated with WSU graphics in flight.
Alaska Airlines showing its Crimson Spirit

A team of executives from Alaska Airlines will be on the Pullman campus Oct. 19 for a series of events, including a prize-filled paper airplane toss, celebrating the airline’s partnership with WSU.

“Alaska Airlines is a longtime supporter of Washington State University and our land grant mission,” said WSU System President Kirk Schulz. “I look forward to celebrating the continued growth of this valued partnership during the Alaska Airlines Day celebration.”

As part of the event, company leaders will speak about the state of the commercial aviation industry broadly, steps Alaska Airlines is taking to recover after the dramatic impacts of the COVID‑19 pandemic, as well as its commitment to sustainability and focus on the customer experience during a presentation, scheduled for 11:10 a.m. in the Bryan Hall Auditorium.

At noon, Butch T. Cougar and the WSU Marching Band will help celebrate the partnership with festivities on the Glenn Terrell Mall.

Then, stick around to catch a paper airplane for a chance to win Alaska Airlines prizes, including round‑trip tickets to anywhere the airline flies. The paper airplane toss is set for 12:30 p.m. in the Terrell Library Atrium.

An even deeper discussion regarding what WSU and Alaska Airlines are doing promote to aviation sustainability will take place later that afternoon from 2–3 p.m. in the Honors Lounge in Elmina White Honors Hall. The conversation will feature Diana Birkett Rakow, Alaska’s senior vice president for public affairs and sustainability, as well as Carol Sim, the deputy director of ASCENT, the FAA Sustainability Center, and Joshua Heyne, director of the Bioproducts, Sciences & Engineering Laboratory (BSEL) at WSU Tri‑Cities. After the aviation sustainability discussion, Alaska Airlines will also host an “Internship Information Session” from 3:15-4 p.m. in the Elmina White Honors Hall Lounge.

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