June 02, 2011
One of the most challenging and memorable years in the history of Eastern Washington University is coming to a close. I would personally like to thank all of you for your outstanding efforts this year. And as we prepare to bid farewell to another graduating class, I am excited to take a few minutes to keep you up to speed on the latest happenings before break.
As you know, we finally know the magnitude of the state budget reductions. If you have not done so yet, please take a few minutes to read the recent campus email that outlined the 2011-13 Conference Budget. As I stated, throughout this process there has been tremendous feedback from students, faculty and staff, as well as the University Budget Committee. Your input will be considered as we create a funding plan that will be most beneficial to the university.
The budget should not overshadow the many campus activities that make Eastern a special place to be this time of year. In April, EWU celebrated national TRiO day, in honor of the many federal programs that help students who otherwise might not attend college. It was a privilege to see students, faculty, staff and legislative representatives come together to celebrate a program that has helped thousands of Eastern students since 1977.
I also attended a great Spokane community event honoring some of the top graduating high school students, half of which will stay in the Spokane area to attend college. Provost Rex Fuller and Faculty Organization President Doris Munson joined me at the Spokane Scholars banquet.
Nadine and I have also enjoyed attending the numerous campus events in recent weeks, from wine tasting on the red turf, to tasting great food at the Chef’s Challenge. No other event makes me more proud of our hard working students than the annual Research and Creative Works Symposium, and this year more than 400 students participated. The Symposium involves an exclusive collaboration between students and their faculty mentors, and is a great example of the unique learning environment that can only be found at Eastern.
Many of these, and other EWU students, are able to succeed because of the generous contributions of our alumni and friends. And that's why we gathered on May 26, for the annual Benefactors' dinner. This year, we honored longtime EWU supporters Walt and Myrtle Powers. The Hargreaves Reading Room now bears their name, after a generous gift to the university. This type of commitment has a lasting impact on students, faculty and all programs at Eastern.
I also want to recognize three outstanding, longtime EWU faculty members who are retiring. Marilyn Carpenter, Ernie Gilmour and John Cogley have established great legacies as terrific educators, and have all been an integral part of the successes in their respective colleges and the university as a whole. Congratulations to them, they will be missed.
When we all gather again in the fall, EWU will welcome another record student body, Patterson Hall will still be under construction and we will proudly be able to say the defending national champions are at home this week! Those are just a few of the reminders of the positive steps the university is making as it strengthens its position as such a vital and special part of this region.
Rodolfo Arévalo, PhD
2010 Undergraduate Commencement
Addressing TRiO Day Audience
Student Research and Creative Works Symposium
Dr. Arévalo with Walt & Myrtle Powers at Benefactors' Dinner
Marilyn Carpenter Retirement
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