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Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation

WPPF Update: October 2017

We are off and running. Students returned to school on September 27 and we are enjoying one of the largest first-year classes in some time - 16 students. When transfer students are added, we will have more than 30 students joining the program this Fall. In anticipation of our 50th anniversary celebration (Did I mention it's May 24, 2018), we have been looking over past annual reports starting in 1968. Even though folks always say "change is inevitable," the minutes of the meetings then and now still focus on the same three things we grapple with: membership, financial support and student recruitment. If we can bring back members who have dropped away over the past few years, increase alumni giving and lasso some "big" 50th anniversary gifts, our finances will be strong. If we continue to have enrollment levels like this fall we will meet our goal of 15-20 graduates each year. This is the year to re-engage. If you haven't joined our alumni group, contact us. Plan to attend the annual meeting and reconnect with your classmates. Volunteer to help us reconnect with missing alums. We can promise a great time when you come back. –Mike Roberts

What a Day!

What a Day! More than 50 students, alumni, members and friends of the Foundation enjoyed a day of great weather, good food and exceptional camaraderie. The auction, raffle and lapel pin sale raised more than $2,465 for our scholarship program, but the best part was the opportunity to introduce several new students to their fellow BSE students. Once again the event couldn't have been carried off without the help of several friends who have pitched in every year - Gene and Anna Fioretti, Jerry and Molly Schaaf, Billye Smith, Julie Antich and, of course, Juliet. Click here to enjoy pictures from the event (also posted on the Foundation website’s Photo Gallery). If you attended, I am certain you can find yourself. If you couldn't make the event, see who did! - Mike Roberts

Valuing our Members

The Foundation has been successful in our mission over the last 50 years largely because of the support of our member companies and friends of the Foundation. One of the things we often forget to do is thank other members for their support when we do business. When a business relationship involves a member, do you take a minute to say thank you for supporting the Foundation? When a company approaches you with a proposal to do business, do you ask "Are you a member of the Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation?" and then say "We consider membership an important part of the future of our industry." If you know of a firm that would benefit from Foundation membership, let me know. Take a minute and look over our membership poster so you can say "thanks" to the firms and folks who support our mission. - Mike Roberts

2017 Summer Event

September 10, 2017. Yes, that's the date for the annual Summer Event on Hood Canal. Join fellow students, alumni, Foundation members, friends, faculty & staff for a day of great food and fellowship. Meet and greet our new students who will be joining us in the fall. Of course, there will be oysters, many oysters, all you can eat and prepared in different ways. For the non-maritime diners, there will be dead mammal (OK, steak). There will also be a great auction (if you or your business have an item or event you think would be a special auction item, contact Juliet or Mike) and an opportunity to get your 50th anniversary Foundation lapel pin. It's just possible that everyone who attends will leave with their own pin!

Check out more details about the Summer Event, and remember to RSVP before August 28 to make sure there is an oyster with your name on it!

2017 Annual Meeting and Banquet

We enjoyed record attendance and possibly the best time ever. The weather was great and so was the fellowship. This year was especially noteworthy: A new logo for the Foundation was unveiled, and we kicked off the celebration of the Foundation's 50th anniversary. Here is a link to pictures from the day - enjoy. Next year's celebration will be even bigger, so put May 24, 2018, on your calendar. We welcome any suggestions you have to make our 50th a very special year. Have an idea? Send us a note anytime to!

WPPF Event: 2017 Summer Event on Hood Canal, September 10

Save the date! Help us celebrate our 50th year on September 10, when we hope to see many of you at our annual Summer Event at Mike & Barb’s home. Registration is open!

WPPF Update: July 2017

At our Annual Banquet on May 25, 2017, as part of the kickoff to our 50th year, we unveiled a new logo for the Foundation (see above!), and we have commissioned a logo lapel pin we would like every friend and member of the Foundation to have and wear to show your support for our program and our students. Learn how you can get one of these special pins!

WPPF Update: April 2017

From welcoming ZeaChem as the newest Foundation member, to enrollment updates and progress in the Paper & Bioresource Science Center, Mike reflects on (soggy) spring happenings at WPPF.

WPPF Annual Meeting: May 25, 2017

The Annual Meeting is our biggest event of the year where alumni, industry reps, friends of the Foundation, faculty and students gather to reconnect and celebrate all the ways our community continues to raise up the next generation of leaders and engineers. Registration is now open. Check out our registration brochure for more details and register online.

WPPF Update: Jan 2017

In his quarterly update, Mike discusses a possible rebranding effort for the Foundation, the return of two members, enrollment and recruiting news, and more about the 50th anniversary coming up in 2018.

WPPF Update: October 2016

From a bump in enrollment to early plans for WPPF's 50th anniversary in 2018, read more about our fall happenings in Mike's quarterly update!

WPPF Event: 2016 Summer Event on Hood Canal - September 11

Mike and Barb Roberts look forward to seeing many alumni, member reps, friends, faculty and students at this year’s summer event. Read more details and RSVP!

Announcement: Pacific Section TAPPI Golf Tourney

Friends and Alumni, Pacific Section TAPPI will be holding their annual golf tourney on September 16 in Kelso (click here for details). Pacific Section TAPPI is a charter member of the Foundation and has significantly supported our scholarship program for nearly 50 years. We encourage all golfers (and folks who just want to have fun) to sign up for the tourney (it's a scramble) and support TAPPI and the Foundation. Thanks!

WPPF Update: April 2016

Spring is upon us. Cherry blossoms have graced the quad, and seniors are thinking seriously about their plans after graduation. Read more in Mike's quarterly report!

WPPF: 2016 Annual Meeting

Registration is open for our 47th Annual Meeting on May 26, 2016. Check out more details and registration info, and we hope you can join us for all or part of the day!

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WPPF Mission

To provide the pulp, paper and bioresource industries with outstanding, dedicated graduates in Bioresource Science and Engineering from the UW who have breadth and depth of knowledge, make immediate contributions, are future leaders and are grounded in the principles of teamwork, sustainability, stewardship and economic vitality.

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Read previous updates from Mike Roberts:
October 2015
January 2016