Dec. 6, 2010
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. With finals now upon us, I thought it would be a nice time to touch base with you, before we break for the holidays. While it is hard to believe how quickly fall quarter has come and gone, there have been many accomplishments and events that reflect the great pride so many of us have in Eastern Washington University.
Some of us might not be as excited as others to see the early snow, but there is no question it has added a touch of tranquility and beauty to campus. While parking and getting around may be challenging at times, I want to thank all of you who work hard every day to make sure we can safely navigate the snow and ice. And, I appreciate all of your patience, as we deal with the sometimes difficult winter conditions.
You might say the snow is the icing on what has been a wonderful fall.
EWU hosted many successful, and well attended events this autumn, honoring donors, alumni and our outstanding faculty. These gatherings were wonderful opportunities to connect with those who committed a lot of time, energy and resources to the university. They also reminded us of the daily work we do to educate our students and help them succeed.
EWU’s energetic student body is another reason it is so great to come to work every day. Whether it is through their involvement in spirited events such as Homecoming or International Week, or their passionate stand against the hateful Westboro Baptist Church, our students care deeply about getting the most out of their Eastern experience.
Our student athletes have made us proud as well. Earlier this fall, Athletic Director Bill Chaves and I were honored to receive the 2009-10 Big Sky President’s Cup, awarded to the school with the best overall academic and athletic success. And, while the red turf has received a lot of publicity this year, let’s not forget the team that plays on it, as the EWU football team recently rose to the number one ranking in the Football Championship Subdivision, on their way to sharing the Big Sky Conference title. As you know, Eastern won its first playoff game Saturday, and we wish them well as they continue their postseason play this weekend at Roos Field.
It was also nice to see so many of you at the annual university Thanksgiving dinner, where we once again honored faculty and staff with service awards and pins for their hard work over the years. This event is especially important during these difficult times, as it reinforces the fact that we have such a unique and close campus community. We rely on each other every day, and I am certain that by working together, we will be able to handle the many challenges we will face as the calendar turns to 2011.
Winter and spring quarters are typically some of the busiest at Eastern, and I look forward to seeing you all around campus. Until then, Nadine and I wish you a happy holiday season.
Rodolfo Arévalo, PhD
Students take a stand against the WBC
Dr. Arévalo presents Jennifer Netto with pin for 30 years of service
2010 Fall Gathering
Big Sky President’s Cup
For all these photos and more check out EWU’s Flickr photo share.