Washington State University's Department of Entomology will have a celebration Aug. 31 for its supporters.

Washington State University will honor supporters and others past and present who have aided the study of insects.

WSU's College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences will host a celebration of entomology donors, members, alumni, emeriti and friends at 3 p.m. Aug. 31 in the Ensminger Pavilion on campus.

It will be in conjunction with the WSU-New Mexico State University football game, which will be later in the evening.

The event is hosted by CAHNRS Alumni & Friends and Dean André Wright.

"We are a small department, but we've had so many people donate their hard-earned money on behalf of the department for the museum, for students, for honeybees, for scholarships," said Laura Lavine, chair of the Department of Entomology.

The department has most recently received donations and gifts totaling roughly $7 million in endowments. Its campaign to protect honeybee and pollinators, with a goal of $15 million, has raised $3.5 million.

The department works on integrated pest management across all crops grown in the state. It is committed to preventing pest outbreaks, reducing pesticide inputs, increased sustainability and decreased economic impacts for farmers, Lavine said.

Elizabeth Murray, currently with the Smithsonian Museum, will join the department in February as professor and director of the M.T. James Entomological Museum. She will attend the event, Lavine said.

The event is particularly for alumni of the department and their friends, but all are welcome, Lavine said.

"If you had a favorite entomology professor ... we'd love for you to stop by," she said.

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