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August 12, 2021

          Washington State University Everett will offer in-person learning this Fall Semester, which begins on August 23. Washington students have big dreams for their futures, and education beyond high school is more important than ever. WSU Everett is here to enable more Washingtonians to earn credentials, which will launch their futures and help our economic recovery.

          Our summer has been busier than ever gearing up for the safe return of in-person learning. If you, family, or colleagues you know have been on the academic sideline through the pandemic, now is the time take the field and finish that degree!

          We are collectively thrilled to bring students back to campus for our Week of Welcome from August 23 – 27. We commence with a free Grab & Go Breakfast for students and a Back-to-School Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic hosted by the Snohomish Health District. We know vaccination is our way out of this pandemic, and WSU is doing its part to ensure our community is safe. Covid-19 vaccines are free, safe and effective. These Back-to-School Covid-19 Vaccine Clinics are open to the public. Appointments are recommended, but not required. Pre-registration can be found at these links for Aug. 23 and Sept. 13.

          See the full schedule of Week of Welcome events below, including visits by the Dick’s Drive-In food truck, our always popular Student Involvement Fair, and even live music outdoors! We welcome the public to join us for the food truck visit and the Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic.

          Not only will WSU Everett classes be in person again, but we will meet the first students in our new bachelor’s degree program in business administration. When students choose the business administration bachelor’s degree, they join the Carson College of Business, one of the top business schools Pacific Northwest for business knowledge, skills, and the ability to add value to organizations and communities. This program ensures students will graduate with key skills in communication, teamwork, professionalism, ethics, and career management that employers value. Demand has been strong for our eighth transfer program, and there is still room for new transfer students here in Everett.

          Graduate education in Everett is expanding as well. You may have seen big news in The Herald and on KING 5 from our partners at Providence. Providence Regional Medical Center teamed up with Washington State University to open a clinic focused on providing health care to underserved populations. Recently graduated doctors will complete their residencies at the clinic in Everett. While the clinic is run by residents, there are board-certified physicians and faculty from WSU and Providence onsite overseeing the whole operation. In July, we introduced U.S. Representative Rick Larsen to several leaders from the Elson. S. Floyd College of Medicine leading the program in Everett and growing more opportunities statewide.

          There are five individuals in our community who I would like to highlight as we look to the new academic year. Our outgoing student government president Claire Jackson was an incredible partner during the 2020-21 academic year, and she is currently fulfilling her dreams as a test engineer in the Space and Airborne Systems department for L3Harris Technologies. I am so proud of her work and I encourage you to read more about her time at WSU Everett.

          The success of Claire and other WSU Everett students is only possible with the support of our Cougar community. Thus, I want to acknowledge two personal gifts from WSU alumnae. Melody Hall, a supporter of the WSU Everett Cougar Food Pantry since our early days, and her husband Rick Simon, recently made a $10,000 gift to WSU students. We also lost a longtime friend of WSU and the Everett campus, Jack Arends, who passed away in late July and bequeathed gifts across Cougar Nation, including to students at WSU Everett. These gifts are both meaningful to us and an inspiration to others who would like to support our Everett students.

          Finally, a tip of the hat to Marysville’s Gary Baker who has served the past two years as the Chair of the WSU Everett Advisory Council. Gary was born and raised in Everett, graduating from Everett High School in 1976. After high school, Gary attended Washington State University’s Pullman campus, where served as president of the WSU student body during the 1979-80 school year. His leadership has resulted in tremendous investments in the well-being and success of WSU Everett students, most notably the establishment of the Launching Futures at WSU Everett: WSU Everett Advisory Council Scholarship Fund.

          Thank you to Melody and Rick, Jack and Gary. You are true Cougs!

          Now we cannot wait for everyone to join us on campus at WSU Everett this fall. Go Cougs!

Dr. Paul Pitre, Chancellor
WSU Everett & Everett University Center


Campus Highlights

Vaccine Clinic 

Washington State University Everett will host a public Back-to-School Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic with Pfizer and J&J on the first day of classes, Aug. 23. A second-dose clinic will take place on campus on Sept. 13. Operated by the Snohomish Health District, these Back-to-School Covid-19 Vaccine Clinics are open to the public. Appointments are recommended, but not required. Pre-registration can be found at these links for Aug. 23 and Sept. 13. More details here…

Week of Welcome | August 23 – 27

Week of Welcome is a week-long event on the WSU Everett campus that combines academic and social programming to help new and returning students kick off the new academic year. The programming will focus on supporting your navigation with topics such as involvement and financial aid, help you make connections with other new and returning students, and teach you more about academic preparedness, social identity, campus engagement, and other important topics transitioning to college life. Read more…

Claire Jackson: Taking flight at WSU Everett

“In engineering, coursework is frequently heavily focused on technical aspects of how things function. At WSU Everett, there is also an emphasis on soft skills like communications, writing, leadership, and problem solving within a group dynamic.” Read more about Claire here…

The Everett Herald | New center opens at Providence to serve vulnerable patients

Mike Mallory used to drive at least half an hour to Edmonds to see his doctor. If there was traffic, it could take an hour. But on July 6 he could walk a couple of blocks to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett for an appointment. This made him patient No. 1 served by a resident physician at the hospital’s new Internal Medicine Center, a partnership between Providence and Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. Read more here…


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