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Land Grant Day Media Advisory

On Saturday, Oct. 25, Washington State University celebrates its heritage as a land grant university. A number of events of potential interest to the news media are planned by the College of Agriculture and Home Economics. We will try to arrange phone interviews for you if you can’t make it.

NETHERCUTT, MURRAY TO SPEAK AT OPEN HOUSE OF WHEAT RESEARCH FACILITY

Rep. George Nethercutt and Sen. Patty Murray are scheduled to lead a contingent of speakers at an open house program for WSU’s new state-of-the-art Plant Growth/Wheat Research Facility at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 25. The $8 million facility has 28 greenhouse sections, 11 growth rooms and 14 growth chambers, all designed to speed development of new crops for Northwest growers. Reception and self-guided tours at 10:30 a.m. Also scheduled to speak are WSU President Samuel H. Smith; State Sen. Eugene Prince; State Rep. Mark Schoessler; Karl Felgenhauer, chair of the Washington Wheat Commission; Alex McGregor, vice chair of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, Russ Zenner, Chair, Research Committee, USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council; Art Shipper, area director, USDA-ARS; and Alex Tan, project designer.

The facility is located on Wilson Road east of the Meats Lab. Contact Terry Day at (509) 335-2863 or terence@wsu.edu for more information.

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RETURN TO THE 1920’S — ANTIQUE ENGINES ON DISPLAY

Members of the Lewis-Clark Antique Power Club will show off antique gasoline engines and related equipment on the WSU Rugby Field next to the Livestock Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. Among the exhibits expected all operating — are a gasoline powered Maytag washer and a gasoline powered feed grinder. Contact Eldon B. Fogleman, club secretary-treasurer, in Lewiston at (208) 743- 8948 or Dennis Brown at (509) 335-2930 or brownd@wsu.edu for more information.

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ANIMAL SCIENCES LAB OFFICIALLY OPENS

Washington State University President Samuel H. Smith will preside at opening ceremonies for a new Animal Sciences Laboratory at 11:10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 25. The lab, which is connected to Clark Hall by a second story skywalk, provides 12,000 square feet of laboratory and office space for 29 faculty and staff of the animal sciences department. The architecture and interior color scheme reflect the Palouse landscape. While most of the exterior walls are pre-cast concrete, the west side and a silo-shaped atrium are corrugated aluminum. Total cost of the project was $7.2 million. A reception and tours are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Contact Dennis Brown at (509) 335-2930 or brownd@wsu.edu for more information.

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REUNION OF 1935 LIVESTOCK JUDGING TEAM

More than 60 years after the Washington State University livestock judging team took top honors at the Pacific International Livestock Exhibition in Portland, the team’s six members and their coach will reunite during Land Grant Day, Oct. 25. The group will meet for dinner Friday evening at the Hilltop Restaurant and gather for a group picture at 11 a.m. the following morning at the new Animal Sciences Lab. The reunion is being organized by team member Dan Eagle of Spokane, who received a WSU Alumni Achievement Award earlier this year. Contact Elizabeth Peterson at (509) 335- 2243 or peterse@wsu.edu for more information.

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WSU was founded in 1890 under provisions of the Morrill Act of 1862 which provided states grants of federal land to support the creation of colleges that would provide a practical education for the public, with special concern for people from rural backgrounds.

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