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Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation pledges $1M to WSU Wine Science Program

By Marta Coursey, CAHNRS Communication

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RICHLAND, Wash. – The Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation will donate $1 million to the Washington State University Viticulture & Enology Program, the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. » More …

WSU Foundation endowment fund created in honor of John Gardner

John GardnerPULLMAN, Wash. – In a gesture of support and admiration for John Gardner, who recently announced he is stepping down as vice president for Advancement and CEO of the WSU Foundation, more than $50,000 has been collectively pledged by volunteers, staff, and foundation leaders to create an endowment fund in the name of Gardner and his wife Julie. » More …

John Gardner named new VP for development

By Kathy Barnard, University Communications

Gardner-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd announced this morning the appointment of John Gardner as new vice president for development and CEO of the WSU Foundation. Gardner will assume his new responsibilities effective July 1. » More …

Communicators win six awards; director named rising star

By John Sutherland, University Communications

Koeppel-Teresa-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University staff won six awards and a WSU Foundation communications director was honored as a rising star in the 2014 competition sponsored by District VIII of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). » More …

Martinez Foundation teams up with universities

PULLMAN — When Edgar Martinez throws out the honorary first pitch at the Seattle Mariners’ “Salute to Latinos in Beisbol Day,” he’ll be sharing Safeco Field with students whom he is helping become teachers.

The former all-star Mariner and his wife, Holli Martinez, are teaming up with WSU, the University of Washington and Seattle University to put more teachers of color into the nation’s classrooms.

Through the Martinez Foundation, the couple will sponsor 15 masters in teaching fellowships starting next fall—five at each university. The foundation plans to have an ongoing relationship with the students and document the impact … » More …

WSU seeks Carnegie classification

WSU is seeking community engagement classification for higher education from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

No institutions in Washington hold this classification.
 
“As the land-grant university in the state, with a presence and community partnerships in all 39 counties, WSU is well positioned to be one of the first,” said John Gardner, vice president for economic development and extension.  

The deadline for submission of a self-assessment is Sept. 1, with decisions to be announced in December. This is the second time the Carnegie foundation has solicited applications for the classification; the first time was in 2006, … » More …

Family foundation gives $1.5 million

VANCOUVER – WSU Vancouver’s Child Development Program will be expanding in to a private, full-day kindergarten, thanks to a $1.5 million dollar donation from the Tod and Maxine McClaskey Family Foundation.

This is the foundation’s initial gift, and the largest cash gift to date for WSU Vancouver.

The funding will be used for a variety of start-up costs, from nearly $1 million in interior and exterior construction, to curriculum development, and to staff salaries. Under current plans, the new kindergarten would open doors to students in the fall of 2010. To fully fund the program, the university will need to raise at least $3.5 … » More …

News topics — Boring science; Seattle focus; RateMyProf

Following are links to several recent media articles regarding WSU faculty and staff, or addressing issues in higher education. To see a full article, just click on the live URL link.* Columbia Tribune — UM executive might go Floyd’s way: Washington State University recruits honcho in research, http://www.columbiatribune.com/2007/Jun/20070609News002.asp* The Daily Evergreen — WSU Foundation head to relocate to Seattle WSU Foundation president will spend most of their time in Seattle for traveling purposes to meet with more donors, http://www.dailyevergreen.com/story/22711* Chronicle of Higher Education — (audio interview) A guide to college podcasts, Daniel Coleman, Stanford University, discusses positive and negative points regarding using podcasts … » More …

Foundation president resigns; rejoins business faculty

PULLMAN — Len Jessup, who has served as president of the Washington State University Foundation and vice president for university development since May 2005, has announced that he will step down from that position and rejoin the faculty in the WSU College of Business.

Jessup said the change will take effect following the spring foundation meetings, to be held next week.

“This was truly an outstanding opportunity for me both personally and professionally and I do not regret for one second my time within the fundraising ranks of the university,” Jessup said. “But now, I am very much looking forward to returning to … » More …