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Posts for Summer 2015
Summer 2015

Alumni write in letters remembering the post-World War II era of WSU and praising basketball Coach Ernie Kent.


Categories: Alumni, WSU history
Tags: Letters, World War II, Veterans


Down “The Drain” in the TUB
Spring 2015

In the 1950s and before, students at Washington State College gathered at the Temporary Union Building (TUB) and The Drain to socialize.


Categories: Campus life, WSU history
Tags: Students, Buildings


After the War: Mud, Floods, and Modernization
Spring 2015

Thousands of GIs poured into Pullman after World War II. That student boom catalyzed our change from state college to major research university.


Categories: Campus life, WSU history
Tags: GI Bill, Veterans, World War II


A place for faith and support
Winter 2014

The Interfaith House near WSU offered meeting places and played a major part in the history of the campus.


Categories: WSU history
Tags: K-House, Interfaith House


Mapmaker Mystery
Winter 2014

A hunt for the author of a hand-drawn map leads to an exploration of the history of geology at WSU.


Categories: WSU history, Earth sciences
Tags: Maps, Geology


The ultimate DIY source
Fall 2014

The land-grant school has been advising Washingtonians on topics from canning jams to breeding cattle since 1892, often through Extension bulletins.


Categories: WSU Extension, WSU history
Tags: Extension, Bulletins


Extension in Washington
Fall 2014

Extension at WSU has provided assistance and knowledge to Washingtonians since before the Smith-Lever Act of 1914.


Categories: WSU Extension, WSU history
Tags: Extension


The scoop on Ferdinand’s murals
Summer 2014

The story behind the murals at the old Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shop in Troy Hall.


Categories: Campus life, WSU history
Tags: Ferdinand's, Buildings, Mural


100 years of the Bookie
Summer 2014

The Bookie, WSU's student-owned bookstore, celebrates 100 years of service to the campus.


Categories: WSU students, WSU history
Tags: Buildings, Bookstore, Bookie


Lewis Alumni Centre “re-barn”
Summer 2014

The Lewis Alumni Centre gets a facelift and new furnishings 25 years after being converted from an old WSU barn.


Categories: WSU history
Tags: Buildings


Posts for Spring 2014
Spring 2014

Letters from WSU alumni about former President Glenn Terrell, Gabriel Fielding, apples, and more. The new WSU Visitor Center is highlighted.


Categories: WSU history, Alumni
Tags: Gabriel Fielding, Glenn Terrell, WSU presidents, Visitor center


Everyone could use a lift
Spring 2014

WSU is notorious for its hills. But there are shortcuts all over campus that can ease the strain on the legs.


Categories: Campus life, WSU history
Tags: Buildings


Glenn Terrell, WSU President 1967–1985: Recollections
Winter 2013

WSU’s seventh president led with both head and heart. A recollection.


Categories: WSU history, Memoirs
Tags: WSU presidents, Glenn Terrell, In memoriam


Ten years of teamwork
Fall 2013

In September 2003, Tim Pavish ’80 left Seattle and a 20-year career in advertising to return to Pullman and become the executive director of the WSU Alumni Association.


Categories: Alumni, WSU history
Tags: Alumni Association, Leadership


A small discovery
Fall 2013

The giant limestone statue fondly nicknamed “Nature Boy” by Washington State students in the late 1940s was recently reunited with his four-foot-tall scale model.


Categories: WSU history
Tags: Statues, Nature Boy, Buildings


Greg Blanchard—On timing and taste
Summer 2013

WSU executive chef Greg Blanchard shares his knowledge and experience of cooking at the university for 25 years, as he approaches retirement this July.


Categories: WSU history, Food, Culinary Arts
Tags: WSU staff, Chef, Cooking, Dining halls


Posts for Spring 2013
Spring 2013

Letters, photographs, and vignettes from WSU alumni, plus a video on coping with pet loss and selections from the Twitter feed.


Categories: WSU history, Alumni
Tags: Basketball, Video, Letters


Bob Hanson ’82—When bowling was big
Winter 2012

Bob Hanson '82 led the WSU bowling team to the national championships. Now he owns Tower Lanes in Tacoma and bowls in professional tournaments.


Categories: WSU history, Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Bowling


The spirit of the land grant institution
Fall 2012
Had the intent of the land grant spirit been simply to produce homemakers or farmers or carpenters, Justin Morrill, the author of the act that established the land-grants 150 years ago, might have best looked for his model among the craft guild...
Categories: Education, WSU history
Tags: WSU presidents


Posts for Fall 2012
Fall 2012

Letters, web updates, and scenes from the WSU campus.


Categories: Alumni, WSU history, Washington State Magazine
Tags: Buildings, WSU library


Unfiltered history
Fall 2012

A collection of oral histories from WSU emeritus faculty reveal an engrossing and unfiltered account of the last several decades at the University.


Categories: WSU faculty, WSU history, Campus life
Tags: Oral history


Chinooks and Powwows at your fingertips
Fall 2012

Many issues of WSU's yearbook The Chinook and its former alumni magazine The Powwow are now online, searchable through WSU libraries.


Categories: WSU history, Campus life
Tags: Archives, Powwow alumni magazine, Chinook


Posts for Summer 2012
Summer 2012
Special bondThose of us who attended Washington State University (or College) have a special bond. This is our experience and memories of our time there.Sometimes those thoughts are made even more poignant by an article such as “Categories: Alumni, WSU history
Tags: Research, Buildings, Martin Stadium


The Collectors
Summer 2012

In 1988, hundreds of rare documents from colonial Mexico disappeared from the WSU Library archives. The author and readers go on a hunt through history to explain how they came to Pullman in the first place, and describe the investigation that led to their welcome return.


Categories: Library and museum studies, WSU history
Tags: Collections, Collectors, Archives, Colonial Mexico, Crimes


Time’s Warehouse
Spring 2012
As anniversaries go, I suppose a mere decade is not so big a deal, even for a magazine. Many magazines, after all, have lived much longer. Atlantic Monthly’s 154 years aside, even here at Washington State University, Washington State Magazi...
Categories: WSU history
Tags: Magazines, WSU presidents


The Lowell Elm
Spring 2012
Harriet Bryan, wife of Washington Agricultural College president Enoch Bryan, planted the Lowell Elm in 1893. She had brought the seedling to her new home from Elmwood, the estate of James Russell Lowell, near Harvard University, where he...
Categories: WSU history, Campus life
Tags: Trees, Lowell Elm


The lost and found flourmill
Winter 2011
Steve Fulton grew up in the 1960s with his uncle Leonard’s flour milled with a process called Unifine. Fulton ate whole wheat bread baked by his mother Lee x’38 from the flour. His father Joseph x’39 promoted and delivered the flour...
Categories: WSU history, Business, Agriculture
Tags: Milling, Flour, Unifine


Research gone wild: Engineering power in the Pacific Northwest, part II
Fall 2011
In 1946, the Washington State Legislature established Washington State College’s Institute of Technology. In a 1986 oral history, Eugene Greenfield, who directed the Institute’s Division of Industrial Research starting in 1958, explai...
Categories: Engineering, WSU history
Tags: Power transmission, Dams, Hydraulic, Electrical engineering


A Leonard legacy
Fall 2011
Elmer O. Leonard started as a student at Washington State College in 1915. When the call came in 1918, he headed to Europe and the Great War as a soldier. Like a number of other young men, he was killed in combat and never returned to P...
Categories: Alumni, WSU history
Tags: Family, Veterans, Firefighters


Randall Johnson’s Cougar logo Turns 75—What this place needs
Fall 2011
When Randall Johnson was a student at Washington State College, he would occasionally stop and visit Butch. This was the 1930s, when Butch was a real cougar and lived in a cage near Martin Stadium.“He could care less,” wrote Johnson ’...
Categories: Alumni, WSU history
Tags: Butch Cougar, Cougar logo


Current events—engineering power in the Pacific Northwest
Summer 2011
When electricity first came to Washington in September of 1885, just a few electric lights illuminated downtown Spokane. By the following March, Seattle had them, too. From those early days, Washington State College had a role in helpin...
Categories: WSU history, Engineering
Tags: Electricity, Electrical engineering, Dams, Power transmission


Somewhere in France
Summer 2011
The latest posting on our Coordinates website is from Margrit von Braun ’89 PhD, who writes from Nigeria. Margrit and her husband, Ian von Lindern, founded TerraGraphics, an environmental engin...
Categories: Alumni, Area studies, WSU history
Tags: Travel, Maps, WSU presidents


Nature Boy reads on
Spring 2011
We received a wonderful letter recently from Clarence Schuchman ’38 about tuition costs and music. Referring to published commen...
Categories: WSU history, Alumni
Tags: Music, Tuition


An art history
Spring 2011
Worth D. Griffin stepped off the train in Pullman in the fall of 1924 to find Washington State College’s art department barely four years old and with just one other full-time faculty member. Prior to that, the only art instruction offe...
Categories: WSU faculty, WSU history, Fine Arts
Tags: Native Americans, Painting, Artists


Betty and Peggy Lee in 1936
Winter 2010
One day in 1936 Betty Lee and her twin sister Peggy, about four years old, posed for their mother in the Washington State College shirts given to them by Carl Morrow, then Dean of Men at WSU.Their parents, Don and Julia Lee, moved to Pullman in...
Categories: Alumni, WSU history
Tags: 1936, College Hill, WSU staff


Big Ideas
Summer 2010
We delve into WSU's rich intellectual history, listing some of the great ideas and discoveries that have come out of our institution.
Categories: WSU history, WSU faculty, Agriculture, Biological sciences, Social sciences
Tags: Research, Science history, Innovation, Scientists


WSU myths and legends
Summer 2010
Every school has its myths and legends. Washington State’s include miles of secret underground tunnels, a ghost, giant cows, and an icon of the psychedelic 60s. We decided to define, dispel, and debunk these stories. The results may surprise ...
Categories: WSU history, Campus life
Tags: Myths, Legends


WSU Big Ideas, Discoveries, Creations, Conceptions, People (a suggestive list)
Summer 2010
The Uniqueness of Pacific Northwest Flora and Fauna C.V. PiperLargely self-taught as a naturalist, Piper believed he needed to classify the flora and fauna of the PNW so other scientists could better understand the uniqueness of area. Published F...
Categories: WSU faculty, WSU history
Tags: Innovation, Scientists, Science history, Research


Interesting times, Part II
Fall 2009
Having not been spared from Washington State University’s recent budget woes, we can think of no other way to absorb our share of the cuts than to drop one issue of the printed Washington State Magazine.Now, before I go on, let me make a few quic...
Categories: WSU history, Websites
Tags: Budget


WSU Presidents—An evening of honors
Fall 2009
In late June nearly 200 people gathered to recognize Washington State University’s presidents emeriti Glenn Terrell (1967–1985), Sam Smith (1985–2000), and V. Lane Rawlins (2000–2007). The event kicked off a fundraising effort for need-bas...
Categories: WSU history, WSU faculty
Tags: WSU presidents


Interesting times
Summer 2009
We were having a long midweek dinner at Le Pichet in Seattle, a sort of anticipatory wake for the Seattle P-I, where my friend Tom had worked as a reporter for 20-some years. Tom’s pretty crusty and tends to brush even the most irksome things of...
Categories: Business, WSU history
Tags: Economy


Whatever Happened to Home Economics?
Summer 2009
Lately, you may have considered tightening your home budget, planting a vegetable garden in your yard, eating at home, making food from scratch instead of out of the box, teaching your kids instead of hiring a tutor, mending your sweater instead ...
Categories: WSU history, Culinary Arts
Tags: Extension, Home economics


The Love Letters
Spring 2009
In 1907, Othello had no high school, so Xerpha Mae McCulloch '30 traveled 50 miles to Ritzville to finish school. There she met, and fell in love with, Edward Gaines, a few years her senior. The recent gift to Washington State University of her steamer trunk reveals the life of a woman whose story is not only threaded through the University's, but also through the story of agriculture in Washington State.
Categories: Memoirs, WSU history, Agriculture
Tags: WSU staff, Xerpha Gaines, Botany


Cougar Memory
Spring 2009
An essential part of being a Cougar (as well as being human) seems to be the need to tell one’s story of one’s youth and experiences here at Washington State University. To make it easier to do so and to share it with your fellow Cougs, we have...
Categories: WSU history, Alumni
Tags: WSU staff, Autobiography


Wallis Beasley, 92 - Sociologist, administrator, interim WSU president
Spring 2009
From young faculty member to acting president, Wallis Beasley had a profound influence on the direction of Washington State University. Beasley died at age 92 of age-related causes at Bishop Place in Pullman on May 20, 2008. He was born in Red B...
Categories: WSU faculty, WSU history
Tags: WSU staff, In memoriam


Meaningful glimpses
Winter 2008
Little of what goes on at a university is the stuff of breaking news. The general formula for what gets reported about a university is pretty much the same as for politics and world affairs: money gained and lost, a result here, a conclusion there...
Categories: Websites, WSU history
Tags: No Tags


Who moved my cupola?
Winter 2008
During a quiet weekend last July, a crew came to campus to steal away one of the University's oldest landmarks--the Ferry Hall cupola. The quaint 12-foot by 12-foot Georgian-style structure had already survived more than a century and a major relo...
Categories: WSU history, Architecture and design
Tags: Ferry Hall


Ferdinand's turns 60
Winter 2008
This brief item appeared on the front page of the Daily Evergreen on Monday, October 11, 1948:   Dairy Dept. to Open Counter in Troy Hall The department of dairy husbandry will start operating a dairy counter serving ice cream, plain and choc...
Categories: Agriculture, WSU history
Tags: Dairy, Ferdinand's


What lies beneath - Pullman and its water
Fall 2008
Financial hardship, fires, and spring floods: In 1890 the community of Pullman was in desperate need of some good news. A hungry blaze had leveled the city's newly rebuilt commercial district only three years after it first burned to the ground i...
Categories: WSU history, Earth sciences
Tags: Artesian wells, Water


A sense of who we are
Summer 2008
Although I think freely of Washington as home, 
I must confess to a technicality. I actually live in Idaho, on a farm we moved onto the same year I started working at Washington State University, 19 years ago. When I drive to work by the various ...
Categories: WSU history
Tags: Identity


Vanished places: Tanglewood and Silver Lake
Spring 2008
Imagine having a campus lake to skate on in the winter or, in fairer seasons, to picnic by. Washington State College had one: a small man-made pond in the area now occupied by Mooberry Track and the Hollingbery Field House. Officially called Silve...
Categories: WSU history
Tags: Silver Lake, Tanglewood


A burning mystery
Fall 2007
During spring break in April 1970 an arson fire destroyed the wood stands of Washington State University's football stadium. The Cougars were forced to play off campus for two years while the University built a new stadium. To thi...
Categories: WSU history, Athletics
Tags: Football, Crimes


It felt like coming home
Summer 2007

With Lane Rawlins, Washington State University has "become what a lot of people envisioned it could be." Even though he has plenty of ideas of what to do next, it is time to hand over the presidency.


Categories: WSU faculty, WSU history
Tags: WSU presidents


The presidents
Summer 2007
Depending on how you count, Elson S. Floyd becomes Washington State University's tenth, eighth, maybe twelfth, president. Whereas the tenures of the first two, Lilley and Heston, were tumultuous, brief, and of corresponding effect, other interim pres...
Categories: WSU history, WSU faculty
Tags: WSU presidents


World Class. Face to Face. It's not a slogan, it's a plan.
Summer 2007
Only a little more than a year after I arrived at Washington State University, America and the world were shocked by the events now simply known as "9/1l." It is difficult to assess how much our lives were altered by that event and the chain of ac...
Categories: WSU history
Tags: WSU presidents


Zoology 61: Teaching eugenics at WSU
Spring 2007

Eugenics was the dark side of our understanding of human evolution. American eugenicists were united by the idea that the human race was degenerating because inferior people were breeding more quickly than those who were "well born." Zoology 61, Genetics and Eugenics, was finally dropped from the course catalog at Washington State College in 1950.


Categories: Biological sciences, WSU history
Tags: Eugenics


WSU welcomes a new president
Spring 2007

Elson S. Floyd was named the 10th president of Washington State University in December. He and his wife, Carmento, will be moving to Washington from Missouri this spring.


Categories: WSU faculty, WSU history
Tags: WSU presidents


Gaylen Hansen: Three decades of paintings
Spring 2007
It's hard to imagine that at one time Gaylen Hansen painted conventional abstractions—nice but, well, abstract and unfamiliar—nothing like the tall tales he's painted for the past 30 years. That's when he joined the Kernal and began his journe...
Categories: Visual arts, WSU history
Tags: Artists


Terrell honored
Fall 2006
Last spring, amid smiles and tears and tales from years past, nearly 100 Washington State University officials, students, alumni, and faculty gathered in the atrium of the New Library to rename the 1994 building the Terrell Library in honor of pre...
Categories: WSU faculty, WSU history
Tags: WSU presidents


When Pullman was a ski town
Spring 2006
"Everybody still skis tremendously," says Richter. "They're all in really good shape." In 1952 the Washington State College ski team placed first in the Northern Division, the Pacific Coast Conference, and the North American International Interc...
Categories: Athletics, WSU history
Tags: Snow Sports


Where Have You Gone, Edward R. Murrow?
Fall 2005
Edward R. Murrow '30 broadcasted reports from a London rooftop during the Blitz. He confronted Joseph McCarthy on national television. And he admitted "an abiding fear regarding what . . .[radio and TV] are doing to our society, and our heritage."
Categories: WSU history, Media, Communication
Tags: Edward R. Murrow, Journalism, Radio, Broadcasting


Camp Larson—a heritage reclaimed
Fall 2005
For the first time in maybe a century, ceremonial songs of the Coeur d'Alene tribe floated across Cottonwood Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene last spring. The Coeur d'Alenes were reclaiming a portion of their ancestral lands, a place where they can conne...
Categories: WSU history
Tags: Native Americans, Education


Happy 25th, KZUU!
Summer 2005
It was a rock 'n' roll idea in a Bee Gees world.In 1977, a time of flared pants and patchwork shirts, a small group of determined students at Washington State University wanted a voice that could reach beyond campus. They wanted an outlet that was...
Categories: WSU history, Music
Tags: KZUU, Radio


The End of an Era
Spring 2005
Broken bones, lacerations, and late-night illnesses were among the thousands of maladies that brought students through the doors of Pullman's community hospital during its 57 years on Washington State University's campus.But that era ended Decembe...
Categories: WSU history
Tags: Health and Wellness Services, Pullman life


A magnet for entertainment: Beasley celebrates 30th anniversary
Winter 2003
As Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum marks its 30th anniversary this year, there's been much to appreciate about the multi-purpose building. It has a great sound system and sightlines. The entertainment is big time and varied—Broadway shows (Jesu...
Categories: WSU history, Campus life
Tags: Beasley Coliseum, Buildings


Niva, Cox named WSU regents
Winter 2003
Connie Millard Niva and Angela S. Cox were named by Governor Gary Locke this summer to Washington State University's 10-member Board of Regents. Cox will serve as the student member, a position created in 1998.Niva ('62 Bact. & Public Health) ...
Categories: WSU history, Alumni
Tags: Regents


Lone Star Dietz left a football legacy
Winter 2002
"That was the game which was to change the face of New Year's Day in the years to come." —Rose Bowl historian Rube SamuelsenIn the first four decades of the 20th century, hardly a week went by during football season when the name of Wil...
Categories: WSU history, Athletics
Tags: Native Americans, Football


Early leader of WSU’s Native American students
Summer 2002
Ki Tecumseh learned to work within the system—or stretch it"Indian people don’t consider themselves to be a minority people." - Ki TecumsehGrowing up on the Yakama Indian Reservation, Kiutus “Ki” Tecumseh, Jr. learned to put his finger up to...
Categories: WSU history, Alumni
Tags: Native Americans, Native American leaders


Frances Penrose Owen dies March 9 at 102
Summer 2002
Former Washington State University regent Frances Penrose Owen died March 9, 2002 in Seattle. She was 102.Governor Albert Rosellini appointed WSU’s first woman regent to the board in 1957. She served for 18 years and was twice elected president....
Categories: WSU history
Tags: Regents


Catherine Mathews Friel is thankful for...Life in a Small College Town
Spring 2002
Catherine Friel has lived in Pullman nearly 100 years, and she has some stories to tell.
Categories: Alumni, WSU history
Tags: Pullman life, WSU staff


You want impact? Well, we've go impact
Winter 2001
Since September, serendipitous Seattleites have been treated to a billboard campaign about the high quality of Washington State University’s programs and faculty. The billboards are part of a statewide advertising campaign that debuted las...
Categories: WSU history
Tags: Marketing


From the President: Quality and Reputation
Winter 2001
I COMPLIMENT THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED in creating this new publication—Washington State Magazine. To me, it is an extension of the “World Class, Face to Face” spirit that pervades Washington State University today. I hope that our rea...
Categories: WSU faculty, WSU history
Tags: WSU presidents