by Lynne Haley, senior director of development
When my career path led me to fundraising over 16 years ago, I knew I couldn’t ask anyone to support something I didn’t also support myself. I felt it would be disingenuous. And I am lucky to work with others who feel the same way.
Bryan Slinker, the dean of our college for the past seven years, and his wife Kathy are some of those people. A first-generation college graduate, Bryan exemplifies the passion of WSU Cougar alumni. He has earned both his DVM (’80) and his doctorate (’82) degrees at WSU. His wife, Kathy, who holds degrees from Idaho and Cal, is nonetheless a Coug through and through; she proudly became an Adopted Cougar in October 2015. For more than 20 years, Kathy and Bryan have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to WSU and its students by generously supporting scholarships in the College of Veterinary Medicine, making the education of tomorrow’s scientists and veterinarians more accessible and affordable for future Cougs. In the fall of 2015, Bryan and Kathy were recognized by the WSU Foundation as benefactors to the University, joining a group of other benefactors in 2015 whose generosity we greatly appreciate. A list of laureates and benefactors recognized in 2015 is on page five of this issue.
No matter how large or small the gift, we appreciate each and every one of our donors who have generously supported the good work we do at this college every day. Whether you’re a graduate of the college or university, an animal lover, a faculty or staff member, a student, or a believer in our mission of “Healthy Animals, Healthy People, Healthy Planet,” (or all of the above) we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.