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New commercialization gap funding assists WSU innovators
August 4, 2014

By Alyssa Patrick, Office of Commercialization

commercializationSEATTLE – Washington State University researchers can get in-house money to move their innovations from the lab to the marketplace through a new commercialization gap-funding (CGF) program.

Fund to help students reach meetings
April 28, 2008

PULLMAN – WSU alumnus Dr. Bruce Gibbins has established a fellowship fund to help graduate students attend professional meetings in their fields.

Gibbins, who earned bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degrees in the College of Sciences at WSU, remembers his days as a graduate student when he needed to go to professional meetings across the country but had barely enough money to cover his living expenses in Pullman. He watched long-time WSU bacteriology professor Herb Nakata “scrape together and scrounge cash from all kinds of sources” so that graduate students could go to professional meetings.

In establishing the fellowship fund, Gibbins wants to help the next … » More …

WSU, bee industry to fund study
April 25, 2008

PULLMAN – WSU scientists and Pacific Northwest beekeepers are joining forces to find out what is causing the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder that has wiped out thousands of hives throughout the region over the past several years.

Two large beekeepers in the Pacific Northwest – Eric Olson of Yakima and Tom Hamilton of Nampa, Idaho – have made donations as seed money for the research. Noyes Apiaries in New Plymouth, Idaho, the Idaho Honey Association and the Washington State Beekeepers Registration Fund also have made contributions. With those donations and dedicated funds from the WSU Agricultural Research Center, researchers will spend nearly $200,000 over the … » More …

WSU student named McGowan Scholar
April 22, 2008

PULLMAN – William Leadingham, an International Business and Entrepreneurship double major in the College of Business at WSU, has been awarded a full tuition scholarship for his final year at WSU from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund.

The McGowan Charitable Fund established the McGowan Scholars program, which recognizes the academic achievements and excellence of students pursuing a major offered by an accredited business school. It is designed to encourage leadership ability, interpersonal skills and a significant involvement in academic, campus and community activities. It also recognizes excellence of character, a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurial potential.

Each year colleges and universities across … » More …

NWPR’s fundraiser proves record breaking
March 31, 2008

After months of planning for a one-day Northwest Public Radio fund drive, Mary Hawkins awoke with serious doubts about pulling it off. Campus phone lines had been down the day before and an icy blizzard had blown through eastern Washington during the night.


With drifting snow and closed highways, Hawkins, liaison between Educational Public Media and the School of Communication, was worried volunteers might not make it to WSU to help answer phones. But they did. And the results were a record 2,456 callers and $266,720 pledged.

“This was our first one-day fundraising … » More …

Employees honored for CFD participation
September 14, 2007

Doris Lohrey-Birch has worked with the Combined Fund Drive for 16 years.

“It’s an easy way to contribute to things that are important to you,” said Lohrey-Birch, a senior secretary with the entomology department.

The CFD is Washington’s authorized and supported workplace giving program for state employees. For more than 20 years, employees have been donating to more than 2,000 local, national and international charities of their choice via the CFD.

“The needs are great, and even if a person is only able to contribute about $3 or $4 a month, that $3 or $4 can make a difference,” Lohrey-Birch said.

Dee Dee … » More …

50 business leaders kick off Applied Sciences campaign
November 18, 2005

SPOKANE — More than 50 prominent business leaders gathered Nov. 17 at the Davenport Hotel for a fundraising breakfast in support of WSU’s Applied Sciences Laboratory, a Spokane-based contract research organization that will undertake a broad range of applied research projects for government agencies and private corporations.Part of the Institute for Shock Physics, the Applied Sciences Laboratory was established in 2003 with grant funding from the Office of Naval Research. To expand the scope of the initiative and attract world-class scientists to contribute to this endeavor, WSU is involved in a campaign to raise a $15 million endowment.At the breakfast, publisher Stacey Cowles—the chair of the … » More …

WSU hopes to increase fund drive participation
September 16, 2005

Giving a little can go a long way, especially when combined with the gifts of many others.Through the Washington State Employees Combined Fund Drive (CFD), WSU faculty and staff have been giving for more than 20 years, and their generosity continues to grow. Last year, 9.8 percent of WSU employees pledged $169,894, a three percent increase in giving compared to 2004 and the largest pledge ever.Despite the openhanded efforts of many WSU employees, there is always room for growth. While WSU pledged the second highest amount of funds compared to other Washington public colleges, participation levels were among the lowest. Other universities boasted 11-20 percent … » More …

Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Improvement grants announced
April 10, 2003

Provost Robert C. Bates has announced that 14 proposals have received grants amounting to $300,000 as part of the undergraduate teaching and learning quality improvement initiative begun in early February as part of efforts to implement the first goal of the university’s Strategic Plan “to offer the best undergraduate experience in a research university. Faculty submitted 38 proposals for grants up to $25,000. Proposals were evaluated based upon their ability to clearly demonstrate how evidence of student learning will be gathered and used to change teaching and learning practices with priority given to those that focused on department or programwide efforts.Originally $100,000 was dedicated to … » More …