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Campaign for Washington State University - CAHNRS


Ben McLuen

on 29 June 2011

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Transcript of Campaign for Washington State University - CAHNRS

We need Big Ideas. Ideas big enough to spread out across Washington state and the world. Through Campaign for WSU, we seek a historic infusion of private support to leverage WSU research strengths in accomplishing our big ideas. How does CAHNRS fit into the Campaign? Rapid growth in science-based solutions is transforming our globe. All of the most complex problems facing us have scientific dimensions. Land grant universities are driving discovery, innovation and expanding the applied knowledge to communities at home and around the globe. Paul G. Allen, investor, philanthropist, and co-founder of Microsoft Inc. has made the largest gift to Washington State University in the school's history: $26 million to support programs and fund construction of WSU's School for Global Animal Health. Why do we need a campaign? The Campaign for Washington State University is a nine-year, $1 billion fundraising effort to position Washington State University to serve the people and address the needs and challenges of our state, nation, and world. What is the Campaign for
Washington State University? As a public institution, we cannot depend solely on public funds but must rely on the generosity of alumni and friends to provide momentum. If we stand still, or remain satisfied with incremental change, WSU will fall behind. $20 Million: CAHNRS world class programs attract the brightest young minds to address the challenges of tomorrow. The Transformational Teaching, Learning and Leadership Initiative will provide scholarships and experiential learning opportunities, making our graduates career ready, day one! $42 Million: The Campaign for Tree Fruit will seek an unprecedented public-private partnership between the Washington tree fruit industry and Washington State University. The Washington tree fruit industry is the number one producer of apples, cherries, and pears in the world. This Campaign will position the number one tree fruit industry to be partnered with the number one research and extension partner in the world. Answers to the complicated issues facing our planet will not be resolved with short-term solutions. We must attract the brightest young minds to address these challenges and provide them with the tools to be successful. We will grow the next generation of leaders, innovators and global citizens. Our faculty are finding ways to mitigate global climate change and address critical energy issues by having plant energy take the place of fossil fuels. Scientists in CAHNRS and Extension are committed to improving and sustaining natural and urban environments. They are conducting research on drought-resistant plants and landscape design to help conserve water in drought stricken areas of the state. They are also developing better storm water management systems to protect Puget Sound. Washington is diverse in geography and communities. Through Extension programs we are continuously improving lives across this great state. What are our Big Ideas? Since our founding as a land-grant institution, WSU has nurtured and cultivated the links among plants, animals and human health in communities world wide. The next revolution in food and agriculture is taking shape around the world. The campaign will define the state of Washington as a global powerhouse in agriculture and food systems, in sustainable natural and urban environments, and in growing leaders of tomorrow. More than half of today's prospective U.S. college students aspire to study abroad--yet only a small percentage take advantage of the opportunity, primarily because of costs and concerns about interrupting their degree programs. Access to higher education is increasingly out of reach for many of our residents. The percentage of the University's budget that is supported by state funding continues to decline, which increases the burden on students and families. Today 65 percent of WSU's undergraduates receive financial aid, about two-thirds of them in loans they must repay. WSU's scholarship support and tuition discounts--currently from operating funds--are nowhere close to meeting the need. Climate change, renewable energy and clean technologies are among the most urgent problems facing the planet. WSU's specialists understand that energy and the environment require interdisciplinary solutions. How can I be involved? Jim and Lee Ruck ('54) have given back to Washington State University for more than 50 years. Their annual gifts, spread out between multiple colleges and programs, target the educational experience of our undergraduate and graduate students. They give every year, as Lee puts it, because 'WSU is something special.' The Campaign for Washington State University is about people and places -- ensuring WSU's ability to provide access to quality education for a diverse student body, to attract and retain a world-class faculty, and to build and modernize state-of-the-art facilities where WSU students, faculty, and staff study, work, and live. Ultimately The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences and WSU Extension are focused on being the preeminent university in select areas to drive the economy at home and around the globe. We have the key pieces in place--strategic investments in areas of excellence will support students, faculty, and programs ensuring we reach these goals. Jim and Lee Ruck ('54) will both tell you that WSU is 'Something special.' It is so special to the Rucks, in fact, that they have given annual gifts to the university for more than 50 years. 'We Cougs know,' says Jim, 'that when you give, you get back a whole lot more. This is why we have continued to support the university.' Washington's farmers understand the competitive advantage of producing quality goods using food production systems that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable. Enriching the educational experience through real world impact is central to our mission. Students and faculty continue to foster international relationships and create global citizens. The Campaign Initiatives $23 Million: Wine changes everything - driving new businesses, creating jobs, attracting tourists, and helping Washington communities flourish. The new Wine Science Center at WSU Tri-Cities will provide the catalyst for research breakthroughs. $3.5 Million: 4-H is growing the next generation of leaders, innovators, and global citizens. The Washington State 4-H Foundation makes it possible for over 100,000 children and families to have full access to the 4-H experience and benefit from science, citizenship, leadership and volunteer programs. “The Best Investment is in our Youth” $10 Million: Washington is an industry leader in organics. Washington farmers learned early on about the competitive advantages of producing quality goods using earth-friendly practices. This campaign will assist with research and education that will help connect food, farms and families for the future. $3 Million: Over 4,000 Master Gardener volunteers across the state deliver the latest science-based knowledge from WSU to their local communities – helping answer plant-related issues, conserve and improve water quality, grow groceries for local food banks and teach children to garden. This initiative partners the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington with WSU to expand training and provide staff support. $10 Million: Our partnership between the Grain Commission, producers, professors and consumers has been growing vibrantly for more than a century. It has positioned WSU as a world leader in agricultural research innovation and teaching. This initiative will endow positions and support efforts at Lind, Cook and Spillman. $1.5 Million: "It is impossible to imagine a world class university without an arboretum. It reconnects you to the earth and is an important place for a university community to find peace and balance in a high-stress environment." - Elson S. Floyd $27 Million: People are our greatest asset. Preeminent research and degree programs offered by dynamic faculty allow us to train graduate and undergraduate students to be competitive as the scientists, teachers, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and global citizens of tomorrow. $300,000 Annually: The CAHNRS Excellence Fund provides needed flexibility for the Dean to allocate resources towards priorities of highest need. With a changing fiscal climate, a focused annual giving campaign will raise these critical dollars. The Washington Grain Commission continues to make visionary investments in the future of the industry. Through the course of the Campaign they have endowed 3 chair positions, each of which will impact the success of generations of farmers. Gordon ’68 ’69 and Joyce Davis have established an endowed chair in honor of Gordon’s great-grandfather, early Washington Pioneer James “Cashup” Davis. His expressive nickname became a household word in the Inland Northwest wheat country, and is still commonly used a century later. Gordon also made his mark in Washington as a member of the WSU National Champion Meats Judging Team in 1969.
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