For those of us in higher education, autumn is an exciting time of year. The cooler temperatures and colorful leaves mark the start of a new academic year and unlike the quiet days of summer, once fall arrives so do the students, bringing with them a healthy buzz to the Bastyr University campuses. And there is a lot going on, on campus and beyond, that is worth buzzing about. Here are a few examples:
In a major step toward increasing the visibility of natural medicine in the United States, for the second year in a row the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating October 6-12 as Naturopathic Medicine Week. The resolution recognizes the value of naturopathic medicine in providing “safe, effective, and affordable health care,” and encourages Americans to learn about the role of naturopathic physicians in preventing chronic and debilitating conditions.
For two weekends this month, the woods surrounding our Kenmore campus will be home to a frightfully good time as “Haunted Trails” returns. Now in its 16th year, the annual event — one of the longest-running and most popular Halloween activities in the Puget Sound area — promises to have something for everyone in the family, including scares for thrill-seekers and trick-or-treating for the young ones. Proceeds from the events will go toward our acupuncture students’ study-abroad expenses.
Bastyr Center for Natural Health features a number of free talks this fall, as its popular “Living Naturally” lecture series continues. On October 11, Stephen Phipps, ND, will present “Finding the right supplements for you” as part of Naturopathic Medicine Week events. On November 13, advanced nutrition student supervised by Kelly Morrow, MS, RD, CD, will host “Do You Have a Food Allergy?” Additionally, on October 22, Brad Lichtenstein, ND, will host his popular “Death Café” talk once again. Come early, as these presentations tend to fill up quickly.
This year our San Diego campus turned two years old. Since opening its doors in September 2012, Bastyr University California has received a warm welcome from the community and seen tremendous growth and interest in a short amount of time. As the first accredited school for naturopathic medicine in the state, Bastyr University California has made its mark in San Diego very quickly. The 2014-2015 school year promises continued success and growth.
One of our biggest events of the year, our annual Founders' Day Dinner is just around the corner. Mark your calendars now for November 1, when we will spend the evening honoring University founders and the next generation of healers at our annual scholarship fundraising dinner. It is always an uplifting event that leaves me excited about the past, present and future of natural medicine.
On November 2 at 4 p.m., internationally acclaimed organist Maestro Hector Olivera will perform at our Kenmore campus. Olivera is described as being in “a class by himself” and “a man with phenomenal technique who moves from one genre to another with ease,” and we are fortunate to have him performing in our acoustically perfect Chapel. Proceeds from this event will go toward the purchase of the organ on which the maestro will play, in the hopes that we raise enough to make the University its permanent home.
This is just a sample of what’s in store for the coming months, on campus and at our clinics. We hope you are as excited as we are about the start of another great year, and welcome you to take part in our new school year!
Daniel K. Church, PhD
Bastyr University President