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The Pitre Dish

June 25, 2020

Greetings #EverCougs community,

I often speak of the courage and strength of character that is core to the Cougar spirit. That courage and strength of character has been tested this year. Our world is changing. We are adapting, and we too are changing.

Adaptation and change produce innovation.

The challenges that we have faced in dealing with systemic racism has sparked a new generation of leadership. The protests we see, fueled by the death of George Floyd in police custody, include our neighbors and friends. They reflect every age, ethnicity, profession, and community. While we do not condone violence or destruction of property, we have gone far too long without addressing racism. I invite you to read my personal reflection here.

Simultaneously, the fog of COVID-19 has forced many of our important experiences, milestones recognitions, and celebrations to be canceled or postponed. It has truly impacted our students and their families. That is why I am happy to share that Washington State University Everett and WSU Snohomish County Extension have received allowance, at the local and state levels, to bring faculty and staff back to campus in a safe and healthy way. We are using the summer to prepare our campus to welcome students back this fall. We are planning for a hybrid model of course delivery, maintaining personal space as recommended by health experts, wearing personal protective equipment, and mandatory health safety training. President Kirk Schulz has outlined some of the policies that will be in place systemwide here.

While the ongoing pandemic may cause uneasiness, safety is and always will be our top priority. More guidance specific to WSU Everett and Snohomish County will be issued in the coming weeks.

WSU Everett is still accepting applications for fall semester, including dual enrollment opportunities with any community college, and change of campus of forms for students planning to continue their studies closer to home. In July, two Everett Education Exhibition virtual sessions will be held specifically for Everett Community College students.

WSU Everett staff will continue hosting online information and networking sessions for new and returning students, campus groups and financial aid workshops throughout the summer, and we will deploy all the technology at our disposal to support students. Outstanding programming by our Student Services staff can help students excel in coursework, improve their mental health, and prepare for rewarding careers within the industries that drive our state’s economy.

In short, we are excited to see you in the fall!

Go Cougs!

Paul Pitre, Chancellor
WSU Everett and Everett University Center

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Photo courtesy of Kevin Clark / The Herald


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