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Heart of a Coug

Butch T. Cougar opening his suit like superman revealing a crimson shirt and the WSU logo within a heart.

2018 Reconnect

In this issue…

WSU CAHNRS Dean Ron Mittelhammer

Message from the Dean

In times of change, one thing will always sustain us: the larger-than-life WSU Cougar heart.
A worker in a crandberry bog

Happiness in a Cranberry Bog

Stepping into a dry, crunchy cranberry bog in July, Malcolm McPhail inspects his crop every day...
CAHNRS Cougs, Lang-Grant Loyal logo.

Donor Spotlight

Three couples leave a legacy...
Flats of seedlings in a greenhouse.

Let's Build Something Together

Perseverance is a defining characteristic of a WSU Cougar. Lee Mendez knows all about it.
Professor Elwood “Woody” Kalin in a green house.

Gift Comes Full Circle

Through his evergreen gifts, Don tends to young people’s growth.
Orlin Reinbold and Holly Lane in a greenhouse looking at camellia oilseed plants.

Thrill of Learning Comes Home, with Heart

“What am I really doing here?” Orlin thought. Adventures like these, he decided, lead to deeper understanding.
Carol Quigg and Jerry Sheffels standing in a field on the Wilke Farm

Learning Never Stops for Brother-Sister Duo

“The farmer who does it just like his dad, who did it just like his dad—that doesn’t really cut the mustard anymore,” explains Jerry. “Farmers today have to be flexible.”
A bronze statue of a cougar.

Family Inspires Statue Builder

My first memories of Washington State were going to the football games, which always included a visit to Butch’s den to see the live cougar...
Infographic showing donations came from 36 US states and British Columbia, Canada.

Dean’s Excellence Fund

The fund fuels student passions: translating small gifts into big differences.
Wall of Honor

Wall of Honor

From a small farm to global diplomacy, a Coug comes home.
Metal sign with apple logo and the text: Tieton Cider Works

Passion for Fruit Yields Business Venture

Craig Campbell loves growing apples and pears at his family-owned orchard. His love of fruit trees grew into a budding interest in hard cider.
Patricia Veleke holding her plaque at a Cougar Football game,


Coug-shaped hearts are forged right here at Washington State University, as the Cougar spirit draws in folks from all backgrounds and walks of life.
Two women

Showing School Spirit with Professional Collegiate Wear

Last fall, teams of AMDT juniors competed to design professional clothing with collegiate flair for women over 30, including plus sizes.
A football displayed with fries and a flag with logo from Washington Potatoes.

Touchdown to Perfect Spuds

Alumni tailgate bash feeds WSU potato research.
WSU Everything Seasoning and Espresso Seasoning and Rub bottles

Spice it Up with WSU Seasonings & Rubs

Whether you want to infuse your kitchen creations with flavor or spice up your grillin’ game, Washington State University’s got you covered.
Wheat grains in a pile

Donation Seeds the Future with Genetic Diversity

Without seed banks and germplasm collections, we are left with little insurance against ecological, environmental, and economic threats to our food system.
Lee and Hayley Mendez with their son Forest.

Meet Forest. He’s a future Coug.

Washington State University is where futures are forged.

reCONNECT is published yearly by the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences’ Alumni and Development Office.

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Ron C. Mittelhammer

Marta Coursey

Christina Mangiapani
Seth Truscott
Scott Weybright

Darrell Kilgore
Christina Mangiapani
Seth Truscott
Scott Weybright
WSU Photo Services
Matt Ziegler

Graphic Design
Gerald Steffen

Digital Designer
Lesa McPeak

The WSU shield and CAHNRS