Meet Some of Our Supporters
Kathy and Kyle Frandle
Driving around the Santa Cruz hills in his old truck with a California license plate that reads "WSU DVM," Kyle Frandle is reminded how it all started. Kyle ('74 BS, '76 MS, '80 DVM) met his wife Kathy ('74 BA, '75 MA) when they were both juniors at WSU. He was working on a biology degree, she was studying elementary education.
Dr. Betsy and Drake Charles
It didn't take long for Betsy Charles ('95 BS Education, '95 BS Sciences, '03 DVM) to give back to the college that had given her so much. After she earned her DVM in 2003, Betsy completed a one year internship at an equine referral hospital. The very next year she began coming back to WSU as a facilitator for the veterinary Diagnostic Challenge.
Dr. Ken Jacobsen with Lori,
his wife of 25 years,
and their dog Lucy.
Ken Jacobsen ('77 BS; '82 DVM) knows the value of an excellent
education. As a WSU graduate, he says his education was
central to his success as a veterinarian and a businessman.
So when he and his wife, Lori, had the opportunity to give
back, a gift to the Teaching Academy was a natural fit.
Anita Busek ('49 Speech Comm.) loved Chevy Chase. Not the actor, but
the golden Labrador she rescued in 2008. "Chevy Chase" was
just one of a half dozen dogs that Anita would take in
during her life. Whether they lost their home or their
owners could no longer care for them, Anita would find room
for a dog in her home.
Jill and Jesse
After "Jessie," a blond Cocker Spaniel, passed away in May 2009 at
the age of 11 following a hard-fought battle with
gastrointestinal cancer, her owner Jill Strickler wanted to
do something to honor Jessie’s memory and give back to those
who cared for her. "I wanted to repay the amazing gift they
gave us with a scholarship to help students follow their
dreams and become veterinarians to help pets like Jessie,"
Dolly and Jacquelyn
Some people have really big hearts. When Dr. Jon Pennell ('81 DVM)
made a donation to the Pet Memorial Program at WSU to honor
a black lab named Gus who succumbed to cancer in 2010, Gus’
owner Jacquelyn Holland-Wright did something
extraordinary--she put on a musical show.
Jenna and Timmy
When 8-year-old Jenna from Washington State saw her beloved 18-month-old
English Mastiff, "Timmy" suffering from Wobbler disease, a
degenerative condition of the cervical spine that causes
unsteadiness and eventually loss of mobility, she wanted to do
something to help. So she decided to ride her bike for Timmy.
Class of 1961
Twenty-three class members attended their 50th class reunion in June
2011. They presented Nicholas Paulson (Class of 2012) with the
first Class of 1961 Professionalism Award.
Charles C. Mellinger III
When Charles Mellinger III graduated from high school in
1981, he knew he wanted to follow in his family's tradition
and attend WSU.
Bill Johnson travels by bicycle along a familiar 217-mile route from his
home in Cle Elum to Pullman, Wash. all to raise money for Washington State
University's College of Veterinary Medicine.