September 12, 2018
Greetings to the #EverCougs Community!
Washington State University Everett is bounding into the fall semester on the heels of a busy and successful summer. While our students took a well-deserved break, our campus was percolating with activity. We hosted graduate students from Beijing. We welcomed high school students to our engineering labs for a class on Computer Aided Design in manufacturing. We provided tours to state and federal lawmakers and proudly showed off the result of the public’s investment in our campus.
August 20th marked the start of WSU’s 2018-19 academic year. I am excited to announce that 275 Cougs are now enrolled in one of WSU’s seven programs in Everett! We graduated 96 students this spring for a total of 256 since WSU planted the flag in Everett.
The newest WSU program in Everett is Organic & Sustainable Agriculture from the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. We are growing the pathways to transfer into this program and anticipate significant enrollment growth over the next two years.
As Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers noted in a recent Executive Order strengthening the county’s work in agriculture, “Our farms, ranches, and timber industry remain vital parts of our economy and our community. We never want to lose sight of our need to produce food in our own community, protecting our self-sufficiency.”
Data Analytics and Software Engineering programs at WSU Everett started in 2016 with single-digit enrollments and are now thriving. With funding we will continue to grow these programs and create others aligned with the needs of local industries.
WSU is making great strides to promote good mental health and ensure our students have the tools and resources they need to achieve their educational goals. At WSU Everett we have a Care Team that is dedicated to the success of each student academically, socially, emotionally and physically. The team’s purpose is to identify and develop a plan for students who may be experiencing more than ordinary transitional issues and may need a member of the committee to check in and offer assistance.
President Kirk Schulz recently outlined important progress in our system-wide fiscal recovery. You can read more about that in his August message to the WSU community here. Speaking of President Schulz, you are all invited to his Town Hall in Everett on Thursday, October 11 at 12:00 p.m. in room 102.
A few of you may have noticed a familiar title to this newsletter. The Everett Herald’s Jerry Cornfield has kindly blessed the use of the name, The Pitre Dish, for this inaugural column and future ones.
And that’s what’s developing in The Pitre Dish! Below you’ll discover some recent points of pride and highlights from around campus. I look forward to another great semester.
Paul Pitre, Chancellor
WSU Everett & Everett University Center
In August we met some of the newest #EverCougs at orientation!
Learn why these students chose STEM programs from WSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, College of Arts and Sciences at Washington State University & WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences at WSU Everett.
Everett Herald | WSU Everett resumes classes with a new, seventh major
“A few years ago, Jessica Woods tried fixing a PlayStation. She watched a couple of videos online and got to work. Eventually, she thought she had it. After plugging the system in, the lights went out in her apartment. She wanted to learn what went wrong.
“Now, she’s majoring in electrical engineering and minoring in software engineering at Washington State University Everett. The Arlington woman and her classmates started fall semester Monday.” Read more…
Herald Business Journal | WSU’s new Everett home is a tangible touchstone for students
“The first year in a new home often brings its share of surprises.
“Washington State University Everett’s new home, a $64.6 million campus that opened its doors a year ago, is no exception.” Read more…
Student spotlight | Spencer Fee: Industry scholarship provides undergraduate a running start toward hospitality career
Hospitality student Spencer Fee has had a running start toward his future career as an event coordinator in more ways than one. As a child growing up in Freeland, Washington, he was naturally drawn to orderliness and liked to be in charge of organizing his family’s schedules. These qualities led to leadership roles in high school and volunteer organizations. Read more…
WSU setting the standard for energy efficiency
At Engage Everett in July, Washington State University Everett announced that the institution’s building at 915 North Broadway has been certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council for the sustainability features in construction and operation.
Sustainability is a core value of Washington State University and was a priority for legislators when state funds were authorized for construction of the campus building. Read more…