WSU is advancing Washington industries …
WSU teams with aviation to develop sustainable aviation biofuels …
WSU partners to develop bioproducts that reduce dependence on petroleum imports …
WSU works with state commodity commissions to conduct needed agricultural research …
WSU developed the technology used for wood-plastic composites used for buildings …
WSU researchers work to improve dairy productivity and reduce disease …
WSU research has made Washington one of the world’s most productive wheat-growing regions …

"Take Five" for WSU and higher education

Higher Ed Alumni Join Together in Olympia

WSU alumna Alyson Rotter (far right) stands with her team - alumni representing the UW, Evergreen, and CWU respectively (l to r)

WSU alumna Alyson Rotter (far right) stands with her team – alumni representing the UW, Evergreen, and CWU respectively (l to r)

On Wednesday, February 18th, all six of our state’s public institutions of higher learning had a great day of collaboration and camaraderie at our state Capitol. Alumni from Washington State University, Western Washington University, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, the University of Washington, and Evergreen State College joined together to share the same message: legislators need to continue reinvesting in higher education.

Three teams of six alumni each – Cougs, Vikings, Wildcats, Eagles, Huskies, and Geoducks – canvassed the Capitol campus visiting in person with legislators and key staff. Wednesday was the first time that alumni from all six of our public universities and college have locked arms in this unprecedented way to demonstrate unified support for accessible and affordable higher education.

WSU alumnus Mike Youngquist, second from left, greets other alumni volunteers before they meet with legislators.

WSU alumnus Mike Youngquist (second from left) greets other alumni volunteers before they meet with legislators

WSU Impact was immensely grateful to our three alumni volunteers: Mike Youngquist, an agribusinessman and Frank Krook, a retired teacher are both from Skagit County and the 10th Legislative District, and Alyson Rotter, an education leader and school board member, lives and votes in the 35th Legislative District.

All three shared their unique and heartfelt passion for higher education, its immense benefits, and described why they volunteer for WSU. And, all three are deeply connected to the institution and have served WSU in various ways over the years – their willingness to come to Olympia and walk the halls of the legislature was just the latest way all three are giving back to the university.

WSU alumnus Frank Krook, right listens intently after the first morning meetings with legislators

WSU alumnus Frank Krook (right), listens intently in debriefing the morning meetings with legislators

Proudly wearing crimson and gray, Mike, Frank, and Alyson were highly effective citizen spokespeople in support of reinvestment in higher education to keep tuition stable and WSU fully funded.

“I’ve been a longtime member of WSU Impact,” said Alyson, “I wish every Coug would sign up and join WSU Impact. The interactive web-based tools make it incredibly easy to take action in support of WSU, higher education, and the legislative priorities of our University.”

Nicely said, Alyson and a big Cougar thank you to Alyson, Mike, and Frank for being the effective citizen voices you were on Wednesday. Hope you will join them: please take action today.

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