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June 11, 2019

Greetings to the #EverCougs community!

Just one month ago WSU Everett celebrated the graduation of more than 100 #EverCougs! It was truly inspiring to see them in full regalia celebrating their accomplishments with family, friends, and the faculty and staff of WSU Everett.

Our student speaker, Adam Householder, spoke eloquently about the challenges he overcame as a veteran returning to school after making a promise to his mother that he would earn his degree. “A recently returned war-torn veteran, a young kid who has just lost his mom, a brand-new dad to a perfect one-year-old little girl – and to top it off – I didn’t have a job anymore,” he shared. “Terrified but determined to achieve better opportunities than I was being given, at 32-years old, I went back to school.”

Adam went on to describe the family he created at WSU Everett, of people who cared deeply about his success intellectually and as a person. “It felt like I had found my tribe,” he said. “If that year in Iraq had taught me about some of the worst things that humanity had to offer – and it did – then the two years I’ve spent at WSU Everett has taught me about some of the best that humanity has to offer.” You can watch his speech here on YouTube. Have tissues ready.

Another of our graduates is among the first WSU students to earn a degree in Data Analytics. Haylie Murray has been a standout student on campus and in the WSU system, earning the honor of Outstanding Senior in the program for the entire WSU system. I’m confident she’s already standing out as a data scientist locally at EagleView, where she previously interned and helped develop StormAI technology that utilizes neural networks to determine if buildings are damaged in hurricanes and wildfires. You can read more about her time at WSU Everett and her future here.

Now we look toward the next academic year, as a system and as a campus. Leaders from our advisory council just returned from meetings with similar groups from each campus and our system leadership at WSU Tri-Cities, including President Kirk Schulz. We discussed growth of our campus and our University as one WSU. We emerged from our day and a half gathering united and ready to balance WSU’s land-grant mission with our Drive to 25 goal to become a preeminent research institution.

Speaking of growth, at the end of this month WSU Everett will welcome a new class of students for fall orientation. Many of those students have already spent time on campus, but this will be a critical component for them successfully transitioning to WSU. They will meet fellow classmates, WSU Everett faculty and staff, register for courses and develop an understanding of the student resources available on campus. And for many, it will the first time they sing the WSU Fight Song!

Adding to that growth, WSU Everett, Everett Community College and Everett Public Schools recently signed an exciting dual admission initiative, whereby students may apply to and enroll in classes at both EvCC and WSU Everett simultaneously. The agreement allows students access to advising from both institutions and the ability to build a Transfer Admission Plan, creating a stronger pathway from College in the High School or Running Start, through EvCC, to a four-year degree at WSU Everett.

It is an incredibly exciting time of growth for our campus and University, a time of new prosperity for our graduates and one of new beginnings in our community. I would like to welcome Dr. Daria Willis as the new president of EvCC and Dr. Ian Saltzman as the new superintendent of Everett Public Schools. The partnerships we have forged with these institutions will grow with their added passion, intellect and leadership to our work of supporting students in our community.

Go Cougs!

Paul Pitre, Chancellor
WSU Everett & Everett University Center

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