Washington State Magazine

Summer 2011 - Field and Stream


Summer 2011

Field and Stream

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In This Issue...

Features

The Storyteller—Patrick McManus ’56, ’59 MA :: Patrick McManus’s comic formula depends on his creation of a world of oddly named characters with generous and adventurous souls. And a markedly different perspective. “As far back as I can remember,” he writes, “I have seen funny. What may horrify normal people may strike me as hilarious.” by Tim Steury

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: The Lady Who Kept Things by Patrick McManus, 1957 }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: About the editorial illustration: The Storyteller—A triple portrait by Derek Mueller with Daniel Vasconcellos (Mouse over the illustration to reveal more about McManus and the artists) }

What’s the Catch? :: The rainbow trout has evolved over millions of years to survive in varied but particular circumstances in the wild. The hatchery rainbow flourishes in its relatively new, artificial surroundings, but its acquired skill set compromises its evolution. The rainbow has so straddled the worlds of nature and nurture, says biologist Gary Thorgaard, that it has become “a world fish.” by Eric Sorensen

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Map: Trout fishing in Washington :: 2011 rainbow trout stocks in Washington lakes by the Department of Fish and Wildlife }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Rainbow trout :: Illustrations by Joseph Tomelleri }

The Things We Do for Our Dogs—and what they do for us :: In 1974 between 15 and 18 million dogs and cats were killed in animal control centers. To address what he perceived as “wide-spread irresponsible animal ownership,” Leo Bustad ’49 DVM created the People-Pet Partnership and promoted research into the human-animal bond. Although it is impossible to assess the total impact of his work, the number of animals killed today is down to four million. And the pet-people bond manifests itself in ways beyond his comprehension. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Cougs and their dogs WSU alums, faculty, staff, and family with their dogs...send in your own}

Panoramas

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Vintage clothes :: Apparel from WSU's collection }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Interview with Al Jazeera English correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin :: With Lawrence Pintak on Northwest Public Television's The Murrow Interview }

Departments

:: FIRST WORDS: Somewhere in France

:: SHORT SUBJECT: Business is blooming

:: SPORTS: From Burma to the Blazers

:: LETTERS

:: IN SEASON: Carrots

:: LAST WORDS, ER...LAUGH: The Perfect Hunt

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Build a bouquet of local flowers }

Tracking

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: Food and drink pairings with fudge :: by Kristine Vannoy ’87 }

New media

:: Fishes of the Columbia Basin: A guide to their natural history and identification by Dennis Dauble ’78

:: A Home for Every Child by Patricia Susan Hart ’91 MA, ’97 PhD

:: Murder at Foxbluff Lake by Jesse E. Freels ’99

:: Hard Water by Massy Ferguson


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Scott Carson. <em>Robert Hubner</em>

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Scott Carson. Robert Hubner

A plan for Washington

by | © Washington State University

In 1972, as Scott Carson was preparing to graduate from Washington State University, a counselor told him he was still six credits shy of his degree. The Vietnam veteran was astonished. “He said I had to complete these physical education credits.” 

Carson had already attended several semesters of community college, was married, had served his country, and had only budgeted for two years in Pullman to finish his business degree. That a handful of phys. ed. credits stood in the way of his degree seemed absurd. 

But the counselor was unwavering. Carson took it to the department head, who insisted that it was a state requirement. He said the only thing Carson could do was try talking to President Glenn Terrell. “I said, ‘Who is President Terrell?,’” says Carson, offering this parting story at the end of our interview about the Washington State University Foundation’s fundraising campaign.

“So I went straight to the president’s house on College Hill and knocked on the front door,” he says. A woman answered. Carson asked to see the president. “Do you have an appointment?” she asked. Behind her, a voice said, “Who is it?” “It’s a student,” she replied. A tall lean Terrell appeared. Carson told him his story. “And,” he tells me, “he let me graduate.”

Decades later, when Carson was appointed CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, the phone rang. “It was Dr. Terrell saying he knew I’d turn out OK,” he says. “Can you believe he remembered?”

Carson has more than made up for the six credits he owes WSU. As the head of the University’s billion-dollar campaign, the Boeing retiree spends many of his days on WSU Foundation business.

Building a billion-dollar campaign was no simple matter. The process started on campus in 2006, when the departments and colleges at WSU were asked to create wish lists. They came up with meaty requests to fund scholarships, endowed chairs, and research initiatives. The result added up to well over $1 billion. Then the list was handed over to the University leaders as well as the WSU Board of Regents and the Trustees of the WSU Foundation. With the help of the Regents and volunteers, the Foundation and administration honed it down to what seemed most relevant to the needs of the state and the University. And to a goal of $1 billion, which was announced to the public last December.

The revised plan not only shows the University’s priorities, but where the University and its volunteers believe Washington is headed, says Carson. Many key volunteers are helping guide it. Hotelier Larry Culver, for example, has a focus on the hospitality school, Jeff Gordon of Gordon Brothers Winery is heading the viticulture steering board, and Seattle TV journalist Kathi Goertzen has been a strong advocate for supporting students, to name just a few.

“One of the things the campaign is going to let us do, is to see the totality of the school,” says Carson. “Even in Pullman, people don’t see the whole thing.” Take the Vancouver and Tri-Cities campuses, he says. Without WSU, you have communities of students, many of them working jobs and supporting families, who wouldn’t otherwise have access to a four-year university. Then again, you have the unique connection with a national laboratory with WSU Tri-Cities’ ties to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, says Carson.

And there’s the campus in Spokane, which in its collaboration with other schools including Spokane’s community colleges, the University of Washington, and Eastern Washington University, creates a strong academic community, he says.

The fundraising can be broken down into some major categories spread among campuses and colleges. The College of Agriculture seeks $190 million, a large portion ($96 million) of which goes toward developing sustainable food systems. The College of Engineering and Architecture wants $125 million to fulfill priorities including sustainable energy and design and engineering for health. “We’re way behind the world in terms of the sustainable push,” says Carson of the country. That WSU has embraced this expertise is laudable, he says, “But we’re coming at it so slowly.”

The College of Veterinary Medicine seeks $133.3 million, about half of which would go to addressing global infectious disease, another issue Carson and many of his business cohorts have realized affects not only our region’s health and food systems, but also our business interactions. WSU’s newest college, the Murrow College of Communication, has a $46 million goal, part of which is pushing beyond print and broadcast to the fast-changing world of digital media. 

Other campus programs include $24 million for a new WSU Museum of Art, $4 million for the libraries, and $15 million for training health care professionals at WSU Spokane. 

One of the keys to the campaign is to find ways donors can connect what is important to them to what is happening at the University, says Carson. He couldn’t help tying his own experiences to the needs of the school. It started years ago, when he was volunteering with the College of Business and two of his sisters died, leaving children. The experience prompted Carson and his wife Linda to donate $100,000 for a scholarship fund for students who had lost a parent before graduating high school. 

Since then, there have been many areas of Carson’s life where his experiences have touched back to possibilities on campus. The Carsons invested in a professional development center to help the College of Business provide guidance and real-world experiences to create a “polished” graduate ready to enter the professional business world.

And “as I traveled overseas I thought ‘It is a pity how poorly prepared Americans are to do business overseas,’” says Carson, which led to creating scholarships for students to study business abroad. 

In December when Washington State’s campaign moved into its public phase, it was over half-way to its goal with more than $532 million in pledges and gifts. “If we can raise that kind of money in the heart of the recession, as the economy starts to improve the opportunity for us to have the organization in place, the awareness in place, it will make the goals of the campaign a much less overwhelming task,” says Carson.

Categories: Alumni, Education | Tags: Campaign for Washington State University, Philanthropy, Gifts, Volunteer

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