Supporter Profile: Ken and Lori Jacobsen
Dr. Ken Jacobsen with Lori, his wife of 25 years,
and their dog Lucy.
"I owe everything to the WSU Veterinary College"
--Dr. Ken Jacobsen
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.
In 2011, the Jacobsens gave $90,000 to the Teaching Academy to support our
educators. Their generosity, combined with the generosity of others, makes a
real difference for the quality of our instruction and for our students'
"I was so inspired by my instructors that I wanted to help give teachers
everything they need to excel," says Jacobsen, who's been a practicing
veterinarian at the Redwood Animal Hospital in Redmond, Washington since 1992.
"I was close to many of my professors and they formed me as a practitioner."
Faculty at the college created the Teaching Academy in 2010 to foster
innovative curriculum. Compared to standard classroom lecturing, when students
are actively engaged they learn more, are better able to remember what they've
learned, and their problems solving skills improve.
"From research we know there are better ways of teaching than hour after hour
of lecture," says Steve Hines, associate dean for Teaching and Learning and
director of the Teaching Academy. "When students are engaged the material is
internalized, not just memorized."
When instructors and students work as a team it can enhance the veterinary
practice, explains Jacobsen. He believes this type of partnership can be
fostered by helping our faculty become even better teachers.
"We can no longer train veterinarians the way I was trained," said Jacobsen.
"Because of the high cost of education we have to train them faster. And we
have to train them better."