Gifts in Action

Your Gifts Tell the Story

Behind every gift to WSU's College of Veterinary Medicine is a story. The detection of a new disease helps save lives. A scholarship makes school more affordable. A beloved animal's life is saved from cancer. From everyone at the college, you have our sincere gratitude for your generous support.

  • Donor Gifts Help Purchase a Needed Ophthalmology Table

    Story by Marcia Hill Gossard ’99, ’04

    Ophthalmology Table

    Dr. Terri Alessio, WSU veterinary
    ophthalmology specialist (right), with
    Marie Crossley, LVT (left), and "Daisy."

    Small gifts can add up to make a big difference. In 2009, Dr. Terri Alessio, WSU veterinary ophthalmology specialist, received a new height-adjustable examination table that has helped hundreds of her patients that she can now easily bring to eye level.

    "It really helps for patient comfort," said Dr. Alessio. "We can adjust the table to where the animal feels most comfortable."

    Before the ophthalmology group received the height-adjustable table, geriatric patients had to be lifted onto the table. Now the table can be lowered so that older patients can step on and then it is raised to just the right height. It can also be raised for smaller dogs and cats or lowered for big dogs.

    "If a large dog feels like standing, the table can be lowered rather than asking the dog to lie down," said Dr. Alessio.

    Donations from many friends of the college made this purchase possible.

    "When people make general donations to the college, we put the money in a fund that can be used for just these types of needs," said Lynne Haley, director of development for the college. "People sometimes think a small gift doesn't do much, but those gifts add up and can have a big impact."

    When she can, Dr. Alessio takes the height-adjustable table to the surgery room with her. But she hopes to someday have a second table.

    "Our patients are more comfortable and relaxed," said Dr. Alessio. "It has made an incredible difference."

  • A Gift to Last

    Story by Marcia Hill Gossard ’99, ’04

    Katherine Rempe

    Katherine Rempe ('10 Microbiology)
    is currently a Ph.D student in molecular
    genetics and microbiology
    at Duke University

    Every year for 6 years, Pat Youngman ('43 BS in Bacteriology and Public Health) did something that has helped hundreds of WSU students. She provided enough support for the now School of Molecular Biosciences to purchase one Leica microscope each year.

    "The microscopes made all the things we read in text books or hear in lecture become real," said Katherine Rempe ('10 Microbiology), who is currently a Ph.D student in molecular genetics and microbiology at Duke University. "We could see how bacteria move and behave differently."

    Originally, Katherine thought she'd pursue a degree in pharmacy, but she fell in love with microbiology.

    Pat Youngman

    Pat Youngman, '43
    BS in Bacteriology & Public Health

    "I enjoy research because of the problem solving involved and the fact that you never do exactly the same thing two days in a row," said Rempe. As a Ph.D. student she studies a bacterium (Haemophilus influenzae) that is a leading cause of ear infections in children.

    "Washington State University provided me many opportunities that have shaped who I am now," said Rempe. "I was able to be involved in research, which opened up a new career for me."

    Pat Youngman's microscopes have made a difference for countless students like Katherine in classes such as Introductory Microbiology, General Microbiology Laboratory, Diagnostic Bacteriology Laboratory, and Combined Immunology and Virology Laboratory. The microscopes are also used for pre-college outreach activities like WSU Cougar Quest.

    Pat Youngman passed away in 2010. Although most students will never realize how much they benefitted from her generosity, her legacy lives on in the lives she has touched.