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Signature campaign started for 4-H license plate
April 3, 2007

The Washington State 4-H Foundation has begun a signature campaign to authorize a specialized license plate that will provide supporters with an opportunity to show their 4-H pride and increase visibility of the state’s largest youth-serving organization.Thirty-five hundred signatures are needed to complete the application process.Proceeds from the sale and renewal of the license plates will be used to support programs and build endowments to benefit 4-H youth throughout Washington.  The fee for new plates would be $40 per set. Renewals would be $30 the following year.If you own a vehicle and would like to support the effort by adding your signature call (253) 445-4570. … » More …

Developing nursing doctorate focus of WSU Vancouver grants
May 26, 2006

VANCOUVER – Southwest Washington Medical Center Foundation and the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation have given $100,000 and $25,000 respectively to Washington State University Vancouver towards a two-year statewide initiative to develop a Doctorate of Nursing (DNP) program. The gifts will allow WSU Vancouver to strengthen high levels of leadership and quality in the nursing workforce. By the fall of 2008, this project will result in a new DNP program being offered by the WSU Intercollegiate College of Nursing. Currently, the Nursing program at WSU Vancouver is home to three advanced practice nursing programs, including the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN), the … » More …

Foundation launches faculty/staff fund drive
March 31, 2006

The WSU Foundation has begun the 2006 faculty and staff fund drive — “For YOUR WSU!” — which will run through April. The drive rejuvenates a long-standing tradition of annual support from the university’s faculty and staff. “Everyone at WSU — whether they teach, conduct research, or work as administrative, clerical or support staff — makes a difference every day in the health and vitality of our university,” said Chris Bingley, vice president for Annual Giving Programs. “Making a gift to the university is an important way to ensure WSU continues to succeed. Internal support of the university’s vision speaks volumes to our external donors.” … » More …

$1 Million Firstenburg gift announced at WSU Vancouver
November 22, 2005

VANCOUVER — Ed and Mary Firstenburg, through the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, have given $1 million to Washington State University Vancouver to create the Firstenburg Student Commons. The WSU Board of Regents approved the naming at its regularly scheduled meeting held Nov. 18 in Seattle.The gift will allow WSU Vancouver to purchase the current campus bookstore, previously owned by the Students Book Corp., and convert it into a unified student center for the campus.The remodeled building will contain the Student Leadership Center and will initially house training and conference meeting spaces, career counseling, student activities, student government offices and a student commons area. The … » More …

WSU tops $49 million in private support
September 2, 2005

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.If you look at the WSU Foundation’s annual report, it appears that employees, alumni and friends love the university more than ever.The foundation reported this week that it ended fiscal year 2004-05 with a 9.4 percent increase in private support over the previous fiscal year. The university reached its second highest mark in the WSU Foundation’s 26-year history with $49,468,884 in gifts and private grants during fiscal year 2004-05, which ended June 30.“The commitment to excellence demonstrated by the more than 47,000 donors is truly remarkable,” said WSU Foundation President Len Jessup. “Private support is critical … » More …

Jessup leads Alumni and development
August 19, 2005

Len Jessup, who was named acting president of the Washington State University Foundation and acting vice president for university development in March, has been appointed to those roles on a permanent basis.“Len has shown ability to lead, inspire and create, and he already has a good working relationship with many of our major donors,” said President V. Lane Rawlins.Jessup succeeds Richard Frisch, who left WSU earlier this year to become vice president for university advancement at Boise State University. Jessup has served as dean of WSU’s College of Business and Economics since July 2002.“One of the most critical challenges for WSU right now and in … » More …

Len Jessup appointed as president of Foundation
May 27, 2005

PULLMAN — Len Jessup, who was named acting president of the Washington State University Foundation and acting vice president for university development in March, has been appointed to those roles on a permanent basis.WSU President V. Lane Rawlins made the announcement Friday (May 27) at the foundation’s spring board meeting in Walla Walla.“We are very fortunate to have, within our own midst, what I consider to be the perfect choice for the vice presidency of development. Len has shown ability to lead, inspire and create, and he already has a good working relationship with many of our major donors,” Rawlins said.“In … » More …

Len Jessup named acting president of foundation
March 8, 2005

Len Jessup, who has served as dean of the College of Business and Economics at Washington State University since July 2002, has been named acting president of the WSU Foundation and acting vice president for university development.Jessup will take over for Richard Frisch, who announced last month that he would be leaving the foundation to become vice president for university advancement at Boise State University.”I am grateful for Dr. Jessup’s willingness to assume this role during our search,” said WSU President V. Lane Rawlins. “His background and skills are ideal for this position, and I feel confident that we can continue to move ahead under … » More …

Foundation president leaving for Boise State University
February 24, 2005

Richard L. Frisch, who has served as president of the Washington State University Foundation and WSU vice president of development since May 2002, has been named vice president for university advancement at Boise State University.His appointment, which was announced by Boise State University President Bob Kustra, is subject to approval by the Idaho State Board of Education. Frisch is expected to begin his new duties in mid- to late April. Frisch, 51, grew up in Boise, graduated from Boise High School in 1971 and attended Boise State during the 1971-72 academic year. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Arizona. … » More …

Real Estate Foundation focus of regents, committee
June 24, 2004

The Washington State University Board of Regents Business Affairs and Information Technology Committee and the University Development and University Relations Committee will hold a joint conference call Monday, June 28, from 11-11:30 a.m. in Lighty Student Services Building, Room 401. The purpose of the meeting is to review and discuss the WSU Real Estate Foundation.