Instrumental journey

The article written by Wenda Reed on the life of Gladys Jennings was excellent. I graduated in ’92, and had Gladys as an advisor in the Food Science & Human Nutrition Department. I transferred to WSU from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in the fall of ’89, and Gladys was instrumental in that process. After phone conversations and mailings, the transition from U of A to WSU was seamless. She would guide me in my course choices while in Alaska, and told me that these courses would directly transfer. She was instrumental in the success I had as a student at WSU.

Allan Borchardt R.D. ’92 Food Sci. & Human Nutr. 


Back in the saddles

[Equestrian Team coach Laura Bagby Moore ’08 received this message about “Back in the saddles,” Fall 2018]

Several years ago, I was disappointed to learn that the Equestrian Team had disbanded, because I had such a great time being on the team when I was in school.

After college, I moved away for several years, but then moved back to Pullman in 2013 where I’ve been working for WSU ever since. I recently read the article in the Washington State Magazine and was thrilled to see that the team was brought back!

Seeing your name and reading the article was a blast from the past, so I wanted to write and say “Thank You” for your help in bringing the team back and providing this opportunity to students. Your hard work and dedication has obviously paid off and you are such an asset to the team!

Chelsea (Ciufo) Jendro ’09 Comm. 


WSU hit man

So glad I took a look at the Fall ’18 edition. Amazing all these “hits” in the one edition that related and surprised me:

On page six was a letter from Earl Otis in Puyallup. We worked together for several years in the WSU Extension Service Communications office.

Page 11: A flying item. I owned a plane for 25 years in Georgia and so found it interesting.

Page 20: A terrific story on the Columbia River. In 1978 I took a special three-day course on the river that included being on the river.

Page 27: Article on education. I earned an MEd at WSU. Used it to start and manage a professional distance learning education service for a state hospital association.

Page 37: Article on Merfeld and WSU wine studies. Back in the 70s I was fortunate to have been on Charles Nagle’s wine panel and played a very small part in a very big thing for WSU and Washington.

Page 40: Nathan Myhrvold and the science of cooking. Several years ago at a science conference I heard him present a terrific report on his kitchen.

Page 44: Dr. Ghazanfar is in Atlanta where I am! He may help me find a missing friend from Pakistan who studied agronomy at WSU and roomed next door to me in graduate housing.

Robert Searfoss ’73 MEd


Going football nuts

Earl J. Otis ’51 (Journalism) came up with this gem of Cougar Football history while going through a 60-year collection at his home in Puyallup. It was the passenger list for a College of Pacific football game trip, November 14–16, 1958. Historic? “How, pls.?” as we used to ask at the old United Press.

Well, for all you Football Filberts out there, this ’58 team was the last football team to play for Washington State College! (The state legislature changed the name to Washington State University in the spring of 1959.) So this game—a 34–0 Cougar win—also, then, was the last football win for Washington State College on the road!

These ’58 Cougs gave Coach Jim Sutherland his best season, 7–3, by beating the Huskies 18–14 in Spokane’s Joe Albi Stadium.

If you’re over 65, I’ll bet you’d remember almost all the team members! Seven of them—Bill Berry, Gail Cogdill, Don Ellingsen, Jack Fanning, Keith Lincoln, Bob Newman, and Bill Steiger, are in the Cougars’ Hall of Fame.

(Otis was assistant manager of the WSC News Bureau when he made this trip. He later served many years as information specialist at WSU’s Puyallup Research Station.)

Richard B. Fry 
Former WSU Sports Information Director and News Director


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