NW Cougar Quarterly

Winter 2016 issue: Wishing you a very happy holiday season and a cheerful new year

It's that time of the year again!

Cougar head ornamentsGet ready for the holiday cookies, candy canes, carols and family gatherings. It’s a time for connecting with friends and relatives, creating traditions and celebrating together.

With more than 200,000 Washington State University alumni worldwide, our Cougar families celebrate a variety of holiday traditions. We asked a few alumni and donors how they incorporate the crimson and gray into their holiday season.

Do you have a fun Cougar tradition that you celebrate this time of year? Share your photos and traditions on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #CougHolidays by December 9 for a chance to win an awesome Cougar ornament set.


The Ogg Family, Portland, Ore.

Ogg familyIn a state where other schools’ colors—orange and black, green and yellow—seem ubiquitous, Ogg family members stand out by wearing crimson and gray often. For their holiday gifts, they like to give Cougar Gold cheese. They swear that even their Duck and Beaver friends are now hooked on Cougar Gold!

Back row, from left: Jason Ogg, ’00; Larry Ogg, Pullman ’67; Mike Cunningham (Coug by marriage).
Middle row, from left: Joy Ogg (Coug by marriage); Caron Ogg, Pullman ’68; Alexa Cunningham (future Coug); Lara Ogg, Pullman ’94.
Front row, from left: Zach Ogg; Kate Cunningham; Nicholas Ogg; Carson Ogg (all future Cougs).


The Bennett Family, Vancouver, Wash.

Bennett familyEach year the family purchases a new WSU Christmas tree ornament. They already have an extensive collection—maybe enough to have an exclusive “Coug tree.”

Dave Bennett graduated from WSU Pullman in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in business and from WSU Vancouver in 2008 with a master’s degree in education. Although Jennifer did not attend WSU, she said she is an avid Coug by marriage. Their daughter, Abby, is a sophomore at WSU Pullman. Son Jeb, 15, is a freshman at Columbia River High School in Vancouver and plans to attend WSU.

Left to Right: Dave, Abby, Jeb and Jennifer Bennett


Cougar Holiday Social

Cougar Holiday SocialYou're Invited for Some Festivity!

Join WSU President Kirk Schulz and WSU Vancouver Chancellor Mel Netzhammer to celebrate the holiday season.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16
Hilton Vancouver Washington
301 W. 6th St.
Vancouver, WA 98660

Click here for more information and RSVP now to reserve your spot. Space is limited. Guests must be 21 years or older.


Enjoy these Cougar holiday discounts and perks!

Burgerville Salmon Creek (this location only)
13309 NE Hwy. 99, Vancouver, WA 98686

10 percent off through Dec. 31 for all Cougs. Show your Alumni Association membership card or WSU Cougar Card.

Columbia Sportswear

WSU alumni are invited to shop at the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store from Nov. 28, 2016 to Jan. 1, 2017. Learn more here and RSVP to receive your employee store pass.

The Heathman Lodge

15 percent off through Dec. 31 for Alumni Association members. Card required.

Peet’s Coffee Salmon Creek (this location only)
13307 NE Hwy. 99, Suite 115, Vancouver, WA 98686

20 percent off food and beverages year round for students and alumni. Alumni Association membership card or WSU Cougar Card required.

A Secret Garden Boutique
1208 SE Nancy Road, Vancouver, WA 98664

20 percent off Dec. 8 – 9 from 2 to 6 p.m. for Cougs. Alumni Association membership card or WSU Cougar Card required.

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