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Spring 2018

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art/WSU

Clad in unique crimson mirrored glass tiles, the new Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art/WSU will open April 6, 2018, across from the CUB.

The 10,000-square-foot building has six exhibition spaces, which will debut with fiber constructions from Marie Watt, an interactive sound sculpture by Trimpin, ceramics by Jeffry Mitchell, video from the True Collection, and portraiture from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation. The opening will also feature works from the museum’s permanent collection titled Hearts: Selections from the Jim Dine Print Collection.

Designed by architect Jim Olson of Olson-Kundig, the new museum offers … » More …

Book - Briefly Noted
Winter 2017

Briefly noted


Untold Stories: Forty Years of Field Research on Root Diseases of Wheat

By R. James Cook

American Phytopathological Society Press: 2017

Throughout the compelling stories and personal experiences shared by Jim Cook, a retired research plant pathologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and emeritus professor of plant pathology at Washington State University, readers can find practical crop management techniques and other beneficial information that can be used in the field and the lab. Cook also chronicles many of his insightful experiences—and imparts his philosophy, wisdom, and practical guidance.


Living on the Edge: Adventures of a Hunter

By Shannon L. … » More …

Class Notes
Winter 2017

Class notes


Don Trunkey (’59 Zool.), a professor emeritus of surgery at the Oregon Health Science University, received the WSU Alumni Association’s Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of his influential career and contributions to medical education, surgical methods, and trauma care. During his career, he has served in a multitude of leadership positions regarding surgery and trauma. A few of these include chief resident for the University of California hospitals, chief of surgery for the University of San Francisco, and professor and chairman of surgery at Oregon Health and Science University. His public service has included president of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, … » More …

In Memoriam
Winter 2017

In memoriam


Kathleen Irwin (x’36 Lib. Arts), 102, May 25, 2017, Spokane.

Betty S. Mottet (’38 Busi.), 100, May 14, 2017, Santa Rosa, California.

Jean C. Austin (’39 Gen. St., Kappa Kappa Gamma), 100, July 2, 2017, Seattle.

William Ray McGee (’39 Vet. Sci., ’40 DVM), 100, August 4, 2017, Naples, Florida.


Frances C. Uhden (’40 Music), 98, May 30, 2017, Spokane.

Mary-Lou Day (’42 Home Econ., Delta Delta Delta), 96, June 17, 2017, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Ralph Berg (’43 Zool.), 96, June 2, 2017, Spokane.

John J. Majnarich (’45 Phys. Sci.), 95, June 19, 2017, Preston.

Donald Dale Morrison (’47 Agro.), 95, June 7, … » More …

Alumni News
Winter 2017

The #1 license plate

Driving around the state of Washington, Cougar license plates are impossible to miss. In fact, they are the number one specialty license plate on the road, dwarfing all others. What many do not know is that these crimson plates mean a lot more than just Cougar Pride; with $28 of each plate supporting WSU student scholarships, this program raised over $600,000 last year.

Since the WSU Alumni Association assumed responsibility for managing the license plate program and launching its cool crimson plate design, the program has exploded. Today, the Cougar plate is proudly displayed on nearly 23,000 vehicles (and counting!). The growth of this program … » More …

Talk Back
Winter 2017

Talkback for Winter 2017


Olympics and art

The first letter in the [August] “Talkback” on the Olympics struck a special note for me. We live in San Gabriel, and prior to 1984, I’d submitted my name as a volunteer for the Olympics.

Imagine my surprise when I got an acceptance letter and was assigned to Santa Anita track…just 3 miles away! It was one of the most gratifying experiences of my life. I was an asker for the jumping and gated activities.

After I retired from the Pasadena city schools, I became a docent for the Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens. I took kindergarten and … » More …