May 25, 2010
We are officially headed toward the finish line of what has been a very challenging, yet rewarding, academic year here at Eastern Washington University. On June 11, we will say goodbye to another group of graduates. At the same time, we continue to prepare for fall, as enrollment looks to be very strong once again.
Springtime at EWU is always a special time. Just walk through the mall on any given day, and you will likely hear the happy sounds of music and students echoing throughout the heart of campus. This quarter, there has been plenty of spirited activity — from the Cinco de Mayo celebration and Spring Concert Series, to the Chef's Challenge and World Language and Culture Day.
Other important events included another successful Get Lit! Festival, the annual Killin Dinner, Dance and Auction, the Eagle Powwow and the always inspirational Student Research and Creative Works Symposium. These events truly embody the great students, faculty and programs we have at EWU.
Most recently, I was honored to speak to the Seattle Rotary Club, the largest Rotary group in North America. The event honored high school scholarship winners who have overcome many obstacles to achieve their goals. Not only did I share the Eastern story of providing opportunities to all students, but I encouraged students to do whatever it takes to earn their high school diploma and pursue a college degree — preferably at Eastern!
Earlier in the month, I also spoke to the business community at the Colville Rotary and will be soon sharing the university’s message with Rotarians in central Washington. I truly believe this type of engagement is critical to Eastern’s mission of reaching out to surrounding communities, and educating people on what a great thing we have here on campus.
In April, I was able to join Dean Rex Fuller in welcoming Jim Sinegal, the CEO of Costco, to EWU Spokane at Riverpoint. He shared some of the best practices of his business and industry with students studying in our College of Business and Public Administration. Bringing a speaker of Mr. Sinegal’s caliber to campus was a valuable experience for our students and the university.
This spring I was also privileged to join the state director of the Department of Veterans Affairs in signing the Partners for Veterans Supportive Campuses certificate. This enforces our commitment to support veterans on campus. It is important to give something back to these veterans and make sure they have the opportunity to obtain a college degree.
With graduation on a Friday this year, I hope many of you can attend the ceremony and support our students. I also want to thank, in advance, the many staff members who have helped coordinate this important event.
This summer will be a busy one. In addition to Summer Session and the usual camp activity, the university will be finalizing the college consolidation plan. Of course, key budget issues never take a vacation, and any new developments on that front will be communicated to the campus community.
Have a great summer!
Rodolfo Arévalo, PhD
The Makepeace Brothers perform for the EWU Spring Concert Series
Dr. Arévalo and Wife Nadine at the Chef’s Challenge
Spirit of the Eagle Powwow
Dr. Arévalo at the Seattle Rotary Club
Costco CEO Jim Sinegal visits EWU
Dr. Arévalo congratulates Trent Lutey at Veterans certificate ceremony
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