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WSU’s first wheat breeder honored at dedication
October 24, 2006

“Professor William Jasper Spillman inspired students, colleagues farmers and administrators,” said Steve Jones, WSU winter wheat breeder.  “It is our hope that he continues to inspire for generations to come.”  Jones spoke before a crowd of more than 100 people at the rededication of the Spillman memorial stone on Saturday, Oct. 21.  William Jasper Spillman was a member of the Washington Agricultural College faculty from 1894 to 1902. “Professor Spillman’s first varieties were released in 1905,” said Jones. “They were grown for more than 50 years and the genes from those varieties can be found in the pedigrees of today’s wheats.”Spillman was the only American … » More …

Spillman marker to be moved to Clark Hall
October 5, 2006

PULLMAN – Washington State University’s first wheat breeder will be honored at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21.  State Sen. Mark Schoesler and  WSU President V. Lane Rawlins will rededicate the Spillman Memorial Stone in the Clark Hall Plaza, near the intersection of Wilson Road and Lincoln Drive.William Jasper Spillman was a member of the Washington Agricultural College faculty from 1894 to 1902. “Professor Spillman’s first varieties were released in 1905,” said Steve Jones, WSU wheat breeder. “They were grown for more than 50 years and the genes from those varieties can be found in the pedigrees of today’s wheats.”Spillman was the only American to … » More …

WSU Turf Club to landscape new Spillman Memorial site
April 17, 2006

Members of WSU’s Turf Club will begin landscaping a site in front of Clark Hall, the new location of the Spillman family marker, on Friday, April 21.William Jasper Spillman, a member of the faculty of the Washington State Agricultural College and School of Science from 1894 to 1902, was the university’s first wheat breeder. He developed varieties of wheat that were grown in the Pacific Northwest for more than 50 years.Spillman was credited with independently rediscovering Mendel’s Law of genetics in 1901. In 1902 he left the college and joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture. There he was instrumental in establishing the national agriculture extension … » More …

Those killed in war on terrorism honored
February 3, 2006

The Global War on Terrorism in the past two years has claimed the lives of three Washington State University students and alumni. Due to the limited size of WSU Pullman’s veterans memorial, there is nowhere to inscribe their names and permanently recognize their sacrifice.

Recently, the university designated $15,000-$20,000 to have the memorial (located east of Thompson Hall and north of Murrow Hall) expanded to honor the recent and future sacrifices by WSU students.

Helping lead that effort were students, faculty and staff, including Charii Higgins, WSU Veterans Affairs coordinator.

“At first, administrators wanted to wait until the war was over. But no one knows … » More …

Cathy McMorris to speak at Veterans Day ceremony
November 10, 2005

Representative Cathy McMorris will speak at this year’s Washington State University Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony Friday, Nov. 11 on the WSU campus.The annual ceremony is set for 11 a.m. to noon at the WSU Veterans Memorial, located on Veterans Way near Murrow Hall. Military veterans, past and present, will be honored at the public event. WSU President V.Lane Rawlins and Cpl. William Wegner are also scheduled to speak.According to the Office of Veteran’s Affairs, there are 35 WSU students now serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. A number of veterans have recently returned to classes after having served in the Middle East.A public procession, led by … » More …

Krautkraemer memorial service to be held Jan. 15
January 7, 2005

A memorial service celebrating the life of Jeff Krautkraemer, a Washington State University economics professor and community activist who fought for stronger clean air standards, is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, in Todd Hall Auditorium on the WSU campus in Pullman.Krautkraemer, 50, died of cancer Dec. 10 at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle.He had spent years studying the economics of the sustainable use of natural resources and was working on the final chapter of a Cambridge University Press book on the subject when he became ill.Krautkraemer was chairman of Save Our Summers, a Spokane-based group that advocates for clean air standards in … » More …

WSU ceremony honors veterans Nov. 11
November 5, 2004

A Nov. 11 Veterans Day ceremony at Washington State University will salute those who have served or are serving in the U.S. military.Army Capt. James Shull and Air Force Capt. Ralph Gehringer, both WSU alumni who died while on duty, will be honored, said Charii Higgins, WSU Veterans Affairs coordinator.Shull, originally from Moore, Idaho, graduated from WSU in 1995 and died 2003 in Iraq. Gehringer, originally from Tacoma, graduated from WSU in 1983 and died in 1987 in the United States.At 10:40 a.m., bagpiper Joe Trudeau, a WSU music major from Spokane, will lead an American Legion Maynard-Price Post of Pullman 52 color guard and others … » More …