April 8, 2010
Hard to believe, but spring quarter is well underway. It seems like just a couple months ago, I rang the bell to kick off the new academic year. And, before you know it, we will gather on Friday, June 11, to send off the class of 2010 at commencement.
But there is a lot happening between now and then, and I’ll give you a brief update on campus news.
Many of us are anxiously waiting to see how the revised state budget, under consideration in Olympia, will impact Eastern. State lawmakers are negotiating several different proposals aimed at staving off devastating cuts to financial aid. I will share the news once we get word from the Legislature.
It is great to see so many other positive things happening around campus. In early March, I was proud to take part in the grand opening of the new Pride Center in Showalter 105. The center is the home base for Eastern’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community. This is significant, because EWU is committed to creating an inclusive, diverse environment that addresses the needs of all students. If you have not yet taken the time, stop by the Pride Center and say hello. This has been a long time coming.
Another important event in March involved a visit from Geshe Thupten Phelgye, a Tibetan scholar who is emissary to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His visit was marked by various talks and discussions on issues like the Middle East, diversity and interfaith relations. The day was highlighted by a blessing of the EWU Peace Pole, located between the campus mall and one–room Schoolhouse. The pole is an international sign of peace, and I encourage you to take a few minutes to contemplate its symbolism when passing this monument on campus.
I would like to again note the accomplishments of the Eastern Eagles women’s basketball team. Not only did they win their first–ever regular season Big Sky Conference title and advance to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, but they continue to excel in the classroom as well. Over the past eight years, the team has ranked among the top 10 squads on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Honor Roll. This truly exemplifies the outstanding student athletes we have on campus.
I would also like to highlight the successes of the EWU men’s hockey club and the Eastern women’s volleyball club. In addition to their fine work in the classroom, both teams also advanced to the nationals in their respective sports. I want to congratulate all the students, coaches and staff who were a part of these great efforts.
Just this week, I was pleased to welcome our new Vice President for Student Affairs, Stacey Foster, to campus. She will make a great addition to the Eastern family, and if you see her around campus, be sure and say hello!
I look forward to seeing many of you out and about around campus during the final two months of school.
Rodolfo Arévalo, PhD
Pride Center grand opening
Peace Pole blessing
Women’s Basketball Big Sky Champs
Dr. Arévalo welcomes Stacey Foster
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