Washington State Magazine

Fall 2009

Fall 2009

In This Issue...


Master Gardeners :: "Cultivating plants, people, and communities since 1973" is how the Master Gardeners explain themselves. The concept has worked well. Washington, where it all started, now has over 3,000 volunteer Master Gardeners, who in exchange for training in turn give their knowledge and expertise to others in their communities. These communities have now spread across the United States and Canada. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Photographs of the Master Gardeners and their work, by Zach Mazur. }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Photographs from 1973 Master Gardener plant clinics in the Tacoma Mall }

The Shape of Things to Come :: "Life is a process of self-assembly," says biochemist Alex Li. Proteins make up our hair and muscle, our brains and lungs, our enzymes and antibodies, and each one must attain a particular shape in order to do its work. Which they do with no outside help, following specific assembly codes built into their structure. by Cherie Winner

Finding Chief Kamiakin :: A new biography of Kamiakin from Washington State University Press finally pulls together the history, legend, and cultural memory of a great chief, a powerful leader of both tolerance and will. by Tim Steury

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: The Nespelem Art Colony and Chief Kamiakin's descendants }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Sketches by Gustavus Sohon of the Walla Walla Treaty Council }


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Poised for playing Can changing position improve trumpet-playing?}

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Tour of the virtual WSU in Second Life }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Test: Sensation seeking scale }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Map: Puff Volcanic Ash Tracking Model }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Garfield-Palouse High School students build a lift for disabled farmers to get into combines }


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: An interview with WSU men's basketball coach Ken Bone }


Cover photo: Master Gardener class notes, composed and photographed by Tabitha Borchardt, a graduate of the program and an intern at the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle and the Bellevue Demonstration Garden.

Washington State University's presidents emeriti Glenn Terrell (seated), V. Lane Rawlins (right), Samuel H. Smith (left rear), and current president Elson S. Floyd. <em>Robert Hubner</em>


Washington State University's presidents emeriti Glenn Terrell (seated), V. Lane Rawlins (right), Samuel H. Smith (left rear), and current president Elson S. Floyd. Robert Hubner

WSU Presidents—An evening of honors

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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-based scholarships for students who might have to drop out of school because of tuition hikes and the poor economy.

Welcoming the crowd to the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, WSU President Elson S. Floyd said he seized the opportunity to get all the presidents together, “so that we could say hello, share stories, and have some photos taken together.”

“These were dedicated men,” said Rawlins of his fellow presidents. “During their tenure and mine, we struggled to build a great University.” He emphasized how valuable an affordable education is to the well-being of a generation and the state. “I encourage you to help where you can by giving and by speaking out,” he said.

President Smith weighed in saying the price of attending college has moved out of the range of what he called “the garden variety kid.” “We have to do something about it,” he said.

It’s fitting to combine an event honoring these presidents with an effort to raise scholarship money, said Mikal Thomsen ’79, who was representing the WSU Foundation board of governors. All of them have contributed to the University in different ways, he said, “But their common theme has always been the students.”

Categories: WSU history, WSU faculty | Tags: WSU presidents

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