December 4, 2018
Greetings to the #EverCougs Community!
We are nearly through another productive and exciting semester, and I wish all of our students the best of luck on their finals next week.
Though the Apple Cup this year did not go our way, thanks to the success of the football team, WSU Everett benefited from the generosity of our community. Throughout the season, The WSU Alumni Association Snohomish County chapter collected more than 100 pounds of non-perishable food and $695 for the WSU Everett Cougar Food Pantry. That included $575 from Wayne Larson, owner of 13th Ave Pub & Eatery in Lynnwood. The Cougar Food Pantry is here for students and their families facing food insecurity. We strive to make the process as confidential as possible for students. Please contact Dr. Ciera Graham with questions about accessing this campus resource, or if you are interested in making a donation.
I’m proud to say that WSU Everett Society of Women Engineers (SWE) treasurer Gayle Jordan and public relations officer Lynn Aylesworth recently attended #WE18 in Minneapolis. #WE18 is the largest conference in the country for women engineers to connect with industry professionals. I am thrilled that Lynn and Gayle enjoyed the conference and connected with several employers. This is one of many opportunities our students take advantage of to get more engaged in their industry of choice before they graduate.
The campus recently hosted a ‘Proud to be First’ evening, celebrating students who are the first in their family to attend college. Testimonials from graduates, faculty and staff were nothing short of inspiring. Advice that resonated strongly with me was that all of our students should get as engaged as possible with each other, resources on campus and the community for the best opportunity to succeed.
As we head deeper into Fall and toward Winter, we must consider the effects of winter weather and the safety of our students, faculty and staff. Safety is our top priority. Whether you are a student or a member of the community, you may register for Rave Emergency Alerts to receive email and text alerts if campus will have a late start or is closed due to weather. It is also how you will be alerted to any emergency situations on campus. You do not need an Everett Community College email address to register. Also, Winter break will be here soon, and WSU Everett will be closed Dec. 24 through Dec. 28 and Jan. 1.
Lastly, even though we have not completed the fall semester, it is time to start thinking about spring commencement. Commencement is the ceremony in which our students get to share the excitement, and importance, of their academic accomplishments with their peers, family and friends. WSU Everett will hold its commencement exercises on May 11, 2019, at 2 p.m. in Everett Community College’s Walt Price Fitness Center. Spring may seem a long way off but believe me, family and friends who want to celebrate with our graduates will appreciate the early notice. Students graduating in the spring will need to apply for graduation, rent their academic regalia and RSVP to the Everett ceremony. Those details will be available in January at everett.wsu.edu/Commencement.
Paul Pitre, Chancellor
WSU Everett & Everett University Center
WSU Everett Highlights
“Members from the Washington State Legislature met at the WSU Everett campus today to attend a lunch forum with the second class of 15 medical students assigned to the university’s medical school hub in Everett. Students thanked legislators for their support of the medical school and discussed their individual experiences so far.” Read more…
“First year medical students from Washington State University and their host families will give back to the community at a family night at Imagine Children’s Museum. Families will learn about the skeletal system, organ systems and universal precautions through fun, kid-friendly activities.” Read more…
“Wayne Larson, the owner of 13th Avenue Pub & Eatery near Lynnwood, has been watching the Huskies play football since the ’60s. He never thought he would see his bar full of crimson and gray, with dozens of Cougars fans sporting their favored quarterback’s trademark mustache and sweatband.” Read more…