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WSU Vancouver honors Dan and Val Ogden

first_imgCougar blood runs deep in the Ogden family.Three generations of the prominent Vancouver family have graduated from the Washington State University Pullman campus, and the Ogdens helped to bring the branch campus to Vancouver in 1989.So when WSU Vancouver gave the Community Award of Distinction for Community Partnership to Val and Dan Ogden at a recognition dinner this week, it was a special honor for the couple, Val Ogden said.“We’re very proud,” she said. “We felt greatly honored. It’s doubly important to us because it comes from a university that we’re very proud of.”Val Ogden pushed hard for the opening of the campus while serving in the State House of Representatives for 12 years, she said.“It’s such a godsend to have it here; it met such a need,” Val Ogden said. “The site is stunning and the campus keeps growing. We are drawing people to come to Vancouver.”The couple established the first graduate-level endowed scholarship at the Vancouver campus. And Val Ogden championed the creation of school vanity license plates with fees to support other scholarships throughout the university system.last_img

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