April 25, 2012
Spring has arrived on the Eastern campus, and it is energizing to walk around the mall area and enjoy the warmer weather and daily festive activities that make this time of year remarkable.
There are many highlights to share since we returned from spring break. After a lot of planning, Eastern was pleased to announce the formation of a Veterans Resource Center. I gathered with members of our Military Service Advisory Committee to celebrate the occasion. The facility will open on the first floor of Showalter Hall this summer. It will be an important asset for our many current veterans, as well as those who will be returning from active duty to pursue their degree. The center has been a big initiative for the university, as it is part of the Eastern mission to provide exceptional support services for all students, including military personnel and their families.
The university was also privileged to welcome to campus two major events that involved hundreds of middle and high school students from all over the state of Washington and the Northwest. For the first time, EWU hosted one of 55 national FIRST Robotics Competitions (FRC). More than 1,000 students, many with an interest in science, technology and math (STEM), were on our campus for several days as part of the event. It was exciting to see the robots in action, and when addressing the crowd, I encouraged them to think about EWU and its STEM programs when considering their higher education.
Just a week later, Eastern hosted the state Science Olympiad. This also involved some of the brightest students in Washington, and was another opportunity to showcase our strong programs.
Eastern’s diverse campus culture has been highlighted at several other important events, such as the annual TRiO Day celebration, the Weaving the Threads evening of women empowerment and the annual Get Lit! Festival. I encourage you to take in many of the other campus activities that will keep everyone busy right up through final exams.
Finally, I would like to thank those of you who attended the kickoff luncheon for the next phase of Inspiring the Future, our strategic planning process. Many people in attendance enjoyed the message of keynote speaker Dr. Mark Milliron, who challenged us all to think of innovative ways we can make it easier for our students to find success in the classroom. I know sometimes it is hard to get excited about a strategic plan, but I really believe the university community has answered the call to create a roadmap that will serve us well. I again look forward to your input as we now work together to develop an action plan for 2012-13.
Thank you all for everything you do for EWU, I look forward to seeing you around campus this spring!
Rodolfo Arévalo, PhD
Spring on the EWU Campus
Veteran Ben Moree & President Arévalo use a Sword to Cut Military Cake
Addressing the Crowd at Robotics Competition
Robots in Action at Reese Court
Dr. Mark Milliron Speaking at Inspiring the Future Luncheon
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