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We met at WSU on the Blue Heart at WSU Pullman campus
Spring 2021

We met @ WSU

Love stories from Cougs far and wide

We asked. You answered.

Washington State Magazine wanted to hear from couples who had met at Washington State University. Turns out WSU is quite the prolific matchmaker.

Here are some stories of how Coug couples met.

Want to add yours? Email your anecdote along with then-and-now photos to associate editor Adriana Janovich at

Meantime, enjoy these meet-cutes.

Erin Baily & Ommid Zarafshan

Chrissy Pettepiece & Carl Christoferson

Candace Baltz & Matt Smylie

Amy Finley & Jason Bruce

Kelsey Knack & Kohl Kaelin

Jessica Stafford & Joel Harper

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Love Reports to Spring Training cover
Fall 2013

Love Reports to Spring Training

Love Reports to Spring Training cover

Linda Kittell

Turning Point Books, 2013


Baseball lends itself as metaphor like no other sport. Boxing might come close, but its inherent brutality and changing cultural tastes have removed it from the public’s awareness.

But baseball endures and permeates our culture, and even a non-fan can appreciate the sport’s dramatic interplay of quietude and adrenaline. In Love Reports to Spring Training, Linda Kittell exploits this richness through a deeply satisfying … » More …

Fall 2005

An International Romance

Maxime Guinel wanted to do something different. So he left his home in Brittany, went to college in Manchester, England, then came to Washington State University in 2002 to pursue his doctorate. A week after he arrived in Pullman, he met Sophia Sushailo from Ivano-Frankivsk, in western Ukraine. They fell in love.

Maxime is a doctoral candidate in materials science and is a member of Grant Norton’s materials science research group. Sophia has just finished her bachelor’s degree in biotechnology. She plans to work for a year while Maxime finishes his degree. She has already been accepted into two graduate programs in pharmacology.

Sophia first … » More …