$36.5 million expansion approved for Holland library.
Frances Penrose Owen, a WSU regent from 1957-1975, received the
Medal of Merit, the state's highest award.
$2.9 million appropriation to expand WSU's telecommunications system
approved by the state Legislature.
Gary Larson, syndicated cartoonist and creator of the Far Side,
received the Regents 24th Distinguished Alumnus Award and was the
Centennial Commencement Speaker.
Tony Li took first in the 55-meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Track
and Field Championship.
Edward R. Murrow School of Communication dedicated.
Allen C. Wilson received Regents 25th Distinguished Alumnus Award
for his work in molecular evolutionism.
Regents approved $28.6 million architectural plans for Veterinary
WSU pitcher Aaron Sele selected to play on the USA baseball team
at the Goodwill Games.
Groundbreaking for Holland Library addition.
Regents approved plans for SIRTI, the Spokane Intercollegiate Research
and Technology Institute plans.
Money magazine ranked WSU among "America's Best College Buys."
"The Caring Call" veterinary medicine sculpture, located
by Grimes Way, built and dedicated.
Chuck "Bobo" Brayton won 1,000th game as Cougar baseball
Howard Nemerov Poet Laureate of U.S., given WSU honorary doctoral
degree at commencement.
Cross country runners Samuel Kibiri and E.J. Guo named to All-American
team. Both finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Championship in Knoxville,
Neill Hall, a former residence hall, renovated for $4 million and
became home of the Math Department.
Carolyn Kizer, Pulitzer Prize winning poet, presented WSU honorary
doctoral degree at Commencement.
KWSU- Northwest Public Radio "Bob and Bill" classical
music show goes nationaI.
348 acres chosen at Salmon Creek in Clark County for WSU Vancouver
Lewis Alumni Centre library dedicated in honor of Phillip M. and
June E. Lighty, Past President's Room in memory of Henry W. and
Anna Magnuson Reaugh, and the Reception Gallery named for Weldon
B. "Hoot" Gibson.
WSU West moved to the Westin Building in downtown Seattle.
Vishnu Bhatia, director of the Honors Program and former director
of WSU's Office of International Education, appointed a Knight of
the Dannebrog Order by Queen Magrethe II of Denmark.
Harold Rhodes, the women's basketball coach, and Kelvin Sampson,
men's basketball coach, both named Pacific-10 Coaches of the Year.
Women's basketball team makes first-ever appearance in NCAA Tournament.
Dedication of WSU Tri-Cities new $12.7 million teaching facility
WSU men win Pacific-10 in track and field title and place 2nd in
NCAA Track and Field Championships.
WSU ranked 34th nationally in corporate financial support.
Barry Serafin, national correspondent for ABC News, receives 26th
Regents Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Ground broken for $30 million Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Football team wins Copper Bowl, 31-28, over the University of Utah
in Tucson, Ariz.
Former WSU quarterback Mark Rypien chosen as MVP of Super Bowl XXVI
in the Washington Redskins' 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills.
WSU research moose, Morty, becomes a TV star in the opening credits
of the popular CBS show "Northern Exposure."
Mike Lowry (Class of 1962) elected governor of Washington, first
WSU grad to this office.
Patty L. Murray (Class of 1972) elected to U.S. Senate. She was
the first Cougar and first woman to be elected to the post from
Sallie Giffen named vice president for Business Affairs. WSU's first
woman vice president.
Todd Hall addition, home of the Hotel and Restaurant Administration
Department completed, at cost of $5.6 million.
Women's volleyball team invited to NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship.
Remodeled Carpenter Hall reopened as home for the School of Architecture.
Cost of renovation was $9 million.
Conner Museum, home of the largest collection of birds and mammals
in the inter-mountain Pacific Northwest, reopened in Science Hall
after being closed since 1986.
WSU West headquarters insert dedicated in honor of former WSU Regent
Doctor of Pharmacy program approved for WSU Spokane.
Men's basketball team receives first-ever NIT (National Invitational
Tournament) bid. Lost in second round to University of New Mexico.
Josephat Kapkory claimed 3,000-meter title at NCAA Indoor Track
and Field championship.
U.S. Air Force General (ret.) Robert D. Russ receives 27th Regents
Distinguished Alumnus Award for his service as Commander of Air
Force aviation during the Gulf War.
Donors contribute a record-setting $33.5 million in private gifts,
grants, and pledges to WSU.
The space shuttle Columbia carried an experiment by WSU physicist
WSU's extensive intramural program is a popular social outlet for
the university's students. According to Mary Ann Steele, intramural
supervisor, on the basis of the number of participants to the total
WSU enrollment, the university "has the largest intramural
program West of the Mississippi and certainly the largest in the
Pac-10 Conference. The participation rate ranks WSU's program among
the top 20 to 25 in the nation.
Women's volleyball team won National Invitational Tournament by
beating Bowling Green University in straight sets. The team did
not lose a single game throughout the tournament.
R. James Cook, USDA plant pathologist and WSU adjunct professor,
selected for National Academy of Sciences.
ICNE celebrated 25th anniversary.
Heather Metcalf became sixth woman to be ASWSU president.
WSU quarterback Drew Bledsoe first pick in the NFL draft by the
New England Patriots
Former WSU baseball star John Olerud of the Toronto Blue Jays won
American League Professional baseball batting title with .363 average.
History professor Leroy Ashby selected as CASE Outstanding College
Professor in the state for second time.
Plans for new Cougar Plaza in downtown Pullman approved.
The Boeing Company donated $7 million to WSU - the largest private
gift to date.
Regents approved reorganization of College of Sciences and Arts
into two separate academic units, the College of Sciences and the
College of Liberal Arts.
New Multicultural Center opened doors in renovated former Chemical
WSU researchers sent a plant experiment up with the space shuttle
John Gorham, internationally renown veterinarian and WSU faculty
member, selected as 28th Regents Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Alumnus Edward R. Murrow (Speech, 1930) was memorialized on U.S. postage stamp, the first broadcast journalist so honored. National first day of issue ceremony was January 21 in the Murrow Communications Center on the WSU campus in Pullman.
New Holland Library addition completed at cost of $36 million.
Floyd Smith and Mariel Fulmer Doty, WSU's oldest known alumni, both
died at age 103.
Regent Kate Webster, retired after 18 years and eight months service.
She served the longest term in the past 50 years. Physical Sciences
Building named for her.
Legendary WSU baseball coach, Bobo Brayton, retired after 33 years
and more than 1,150 victories.
The men's basketball team received invitation to play in NCAA Championship
Tournament. Lost in first round to Boston College, 67-64.
Josephat Kapkory captured 10,000 meter title at NCAA Cross Country
WSU's Army ROTC unit marched away with #1 national ranking.
Lewis Alumni Centre completed 5th year of operation. Host to 150,000
visitors and 1,500 meetings.
WSU Veterans Memorial dedicated and a special tribute made to the
300 alumni, faculty and staff who died during WWI, WWII, Korea,
Vietnam and the Persian Gulf conflict.
Morty, the WSU research moose and CBS-TV "Northern Exposure"
star, died of an illness linked to a mineral deficiency.
WSU broke ground for Vancouver campus.
Necia Bennett Huntley (Class of 1935) and husband Elmer C. Huntley
left a 890-acre wheat ranch at Thorton to WSU, ultimately to fund
Campaign WSU kicks off with goal to raise $200 million.
Museum of Art celebrates 20th Anniversary.
New Student Services building, named for benefactors Phil and June
Lighty, under construction at cost of $17 million.
African American Alumni Alliance conducted its first meeting at
Albert Wilder Thompson, dean of the College of Sciences and Arts
at WSU from 1953-64, dies at 95. Thompson Hall (old Administration
Building) is named for him.
Cougar fans celebrated, 23-6 Apple Cup football victory against
University of Washington, in the snow at Martin Stadium.
WSU football team beats Baylor University 10-3 at the Alamo Bowl
in San Antonio, Texas.
Cougar pride went on the road. WSU Cougar logo license plates support
HillTopics alumni newspaper celebrated 25 years. Its only editor
has been Patrick Caraher (Class of 1962.)
Stevens Hall, listed on the National Register for Historic Places,
celebrated its centennial.
The second woman to be honored with WSU's highest award Regent's
Distinguished Alumnus Mary E. Turner DeGarmo, dies at 91.
Coach Kevin Eastman took WSU men's basketball to NIT Tournament.
WSU captured the Pacific-10 North baseball title under first year
coach Steve Farrington.
Butch the Cougar and Mickey Mouse spent the day together at Disneyland
at a pregame rally for the WSU vs. USC football game.
Money magazine ranked WSU among the top eight of the 436 Honors
programs at American public universities.
Golden Grads of 1945 gave as a class gift a grand piano which was
dedicated during a concert in the Rotunda of the Holland Library
The WSU women's junior varsity eight crew team captured the crown
at the National Collegiate Rowing Championship Regatta on Lake Harsha,
Coach Lisa Gozley and the WSU soccer team made their first NCAA
Tournament appearance, ranking them 19th by "Soccer America."
WSU opened a new 130-unit Yakama Village apartment complex for families
and graduate students.
President Emeritus Terrell, who led WSU from 1967-1985, returned
to WSU for dedication of the Glenn Terrell Friendship Mall.
Cougar women's volleyball team ranked, 5th nationally.
Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Norman Borlang received WSU's honorary
doctoral degree at commencement.
Campaign WSU passed $200 million mark eight months before its scheduled
U.S. Army Gen. John M Shalikashvili, U.S. Dept. of Defense Joint
Chiefs of Staff Chair, spoke at commencement. His son was one of
Thomas "Les" Purce, former senior administrator at The
Evergreen State College in Olympia, selected vice president for
Extended University Affairs at WSU.
Jack Friel, coach of the Cougar men's basketball team for 30 years
and 495 victories, died at 97.
an acrylic-on-canvas three-piece painting celebrating diversity on the WSU campus, is dedicated in the Compton Union Building. WSU colleges and administrative units donated the nearly $10,000 for the mural. It was painted by artist Katrin Wiese, Riverside, Calif.
Volleyball Coach Cindy Fredrick concludes her seventh season at
WSU by being named Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year. The
team finished 22-7 overall and third in the Pac-10, led by All-American
WSU President Samuel Smith received Boy Scouts of America's Distinguished
Eagle Scout Award.
Thrifty Payless contributed more than $100,000 for computer equipment,
software and student scholarships for the College of Pharmacy.
WSU officials and community partners announced plans to develop
six pilot Learning Centers in the state to expand educational opportunities.
The centers are located in Port Townsend, Wenatchee, Colville, Longview/Kelso,
Tacoma and Yakima.
Time magazine named WSU graduate William Julius Wilson, noted sociologist,
one of America's most influential people.
WSU Vancouver's new Salmon Creek 384-acre campus dedicated. It is
WSU's first all new campus in more than a century.
The $16 million Lighty Student Services Building, which adjoins
French Administration Building, opened. It is named for WSU graduate
Phil Lighty and his wife, June. The Lightys established one of WSU's
largest scholarship endowments for students with demonstrated leadership
At the first anniversary of the state of Washington collegiate motor
vehicle program, more than 5,119 plate featuring the WSU Cougar
logo have been sold. More than all the other public schools in the
The $3.1 million Phi Kappa Theta fraternity opened. High-tech in
every respect, it reflects the "wired world" commitment
of WSU alumnus and fraternity member Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder.
He funded the building and equipped each of the other Greek houses
at WSU with Internet connections.
Money magazine ranks WSU among the top 15 best for value four-year
undergraduate universities and colleges in the Western U.S.
Mrs. George Randolph Hearst, Sr., widow of the oldest son of late
newspaper giant William Randolph Hearst, became an Adopted Cougar.
Dedication of WSU's Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy
and Public Service. It is named for the former speaker of the house
and State of Washington Congress member.
WSU's $38 million Veterinary Teaching Hospital opened. On Sept.
9 the hospital made history when an 80-year-old woman became the
first human patient to use the hospital's magnetic resonance imaging
unit. Under a cooperative agreement, the vet hospital provides imaging
services for human patients.
Gretchen Bataille named provost and vice president for academic
affairs, effective July 1. She had been provost of the College of
Letters and Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
The seven-year Campaign WSU, the university's first comprehensive
fund-raising effort, concluded with final total of $275.4 million,
surpassing its original $250 million goal. Supporting WSU's vision
to be one of the top public universities in the nation, the monies
raised benefit scholarships, teaching and research programs, student
programs and learning initiatives statewide.
WSU President Samuel Smith chaired the NCAA Presidents Commission,
the major governing body for college intercollegiate athletics.
The Consolidated Information Center at WSU Tri-Cities opened. Funds
for the $18.6 million literary and teaching center came from the
state of Washington and the U.S. Department of Energy.
WSU biochemists Rod Croteau and Linda Randall were elected to the
National Academic of Sciences. They joined four other WSU researchers
in the academy, C.A. "Bud" Ryan, a biochemist; Jim Cook,
a USDA plant pathologist at WSU, John Hirth, a materials scientist,
and Dieter H. von Wettstein, a plant geneticist.
Debbie Pipher, senior member of the WSU coaching staff, resigns
after 20 years as coach of the women's swimming team.
Dave Cooper retired as manager of the Students Book Corporation,
after 27 years leading the "Bookie."
WSU received $10 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department
of Energy to create an Institute for Shock Physics. The institute
is directed by WSU physics Professor Yogi Gupta.
Picked to finish 7th in the Pac-10, the 1997 WSU Cougar football
team finished first, earning the right to play the Rose Bowl game
(Jan. 1, 1998) for the first time in 67 years.
January 1, the WSU Cougar football team played in the Rose Bowl
football game in Pasadena, Calif., pushing national champion and
no. 1 ranked Michigan to the last play of the game before losing,
21-16. Some 101,219 fans and a world-wide television audience saw
the game. In February, football coach Mike Price signed an eight-year
contract extension through Dec. 31, 2005.
An alcohol-induced student riot along a Colorado Street adjacent
to the WSU campus takes place in early May. According to the Pullman
Police Department, several hundred students engaged directly with
police officers, some throwing bottles, cans and rocks. Estimates
put some 1,000 on-lookers on the street during the five-hour disruption
that left 23 law enforcement officers and four students injured,
according to a story in the June 1998 issue of HillTopics.
Washington Gov. Gary Locke participates in a dialogue on race and
bigotry in the Compton Union Building, with students, faculty and
staff. In an address, he said, "The gift of cultural pluralism
is grounded in mutual respect and democracy."
The new $27 million, 100,000-square foot Engineering, Teaching and
Research Laboratory opened. Adjacent to Dana Hall, the four-story
structure was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
A new state law gave WSU a major educational leadership role in
Spokane, and management responsibilities for the Riverpoint campus.
The WSU Creamery, home of Ferdinand's, celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Previously located in Troy Hall, Ferdinand's moved to new facilities
in the Food Quality Building in 1992. WSU cheeses, including Cougar
Gold, are sold worldwide.
The first students recruited to WSU through the College of Education's
Future Teachers of Color program graduated during the 1998 Commencement.
Pine Manor was torn down. Built by the Works Progress Administration
in 1937 with a knotty pine interior, it was operated as a cooperative
house, independent of the university's housing system. In 1963,
fire safety concerns brought an end to its use as a dormitory. WSU
purchased it and renovated it into headquarters for an internationally
recognized anthropology program.
The Bill Chipman Palouse Trail opened. Built on an abandoned railroad
bed, the recreational path parallels the highway between Pullman
and Moscow. Creating the eight-mile recreational asphalt trail involved
two states, two cities, and WSU and the University of Idaho. The
late Bill Chipman, Pullman car dealer, was a UI graduate and supporter
of his alma mater and WSU.
At age 102, Dorothy Otto Kennedy, the oldest living graduate of
the WSU College of Pharmacy, died in Everett. She earned her degree
in 1916 and went on to practice pharmacy in Reardan in eastern Washington
and Everett in western Washington.
A $1 million renovation of the "Bookie," WSU's student
book store, was completed. The facility now includes a 1,000-square
foot den with a fireplace, plus an espresso bar as part of the Wazzu
WSU's official fall semester Pullman campus enrollments reached
17,912. System-wide WSU registration totaled 20,998. The 2,877 new
freshmen comprised the largest incoming class since 2,970 enrolled
Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine (Sept. 1998 issue) ranked
WSU 39th among the nation's "Top 100 Values in State Universities."
A new poetry corner in the Holland/New Library Atrium was named
to honor Ruth Slonim, professor emeritus of English.
On March 26, the WSU Alumni Association began a six-month centennial
celebration. The association started in 1898, eight years after
the state Legislature created the land-grant college (March 28,
In March, the 24th annual Pah-Loots-Pu, a three-day celebration
and dance competition, was held, sponsored by Ku-Ah-Mah, the Native
American student organization at WSU.
WSU's campuses in Spokane, the Tri-Cities and Vancouver celebrated
their 10th anniversaries. They were all created by the state Legislature
on July 1, 1989.
Jamie Kern represented WSU's 150,000th graduate at commencement.
WSU alumnus and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen became the 29th
recipient of the Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award during Commencement.
The Admissions Office suite in the Lighty Student Services is dedicated
in Stan Berry's name. He worked 33 years in WSU admissions, 22 of
them as director.
President Samuel Smith, who became WSU’s eighth president in 1985, announced he would retire in summer 2000. Smith, 59, said WSU "has just finished a very successful Legislative session that provided much needed dollars for faculty salaries and construction" for the Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver campuses. A search committee will assist WSU Regents in finding a successor.
The May issue of Yahoo Internet Life Magazine rates WSU the No.
1 "wired" public university in America.