It's November and there is no better time to give thanks for all that we have and all that we're accomplishing at Bastyr University. Among our recent highlights:
Bastyr University just received the results from a new study that showed that its economic impact on the local community in 2010 was more than $136 million with an additional $30 million impact as a result of the construction of our LEED platinum-certified Student Village housing project.
As the University fulfills its mission to educate future leaders in the natural health arts and sciences, it also serves as a significant economic engine for our local community, county and state. We are proud that Bastyr University, which began more than 30 years ago as a fledgling professional school with about 30 students, has experienced the type of growth reported in this important study.
On November 5, 2011, we will hold our annual Founders' Day Gala to honor our founders, give tribute to our legacy and celebrate our accomplishments along with the people who achieved them.
Emmy Award-winning KIRO-7 main anchor Angela Russell will be the host, and the event promises to be a wonderful time for a good cause: The money raised will go toward student scholarships.
As we surge toward the end of the calendar year, we invite you to celebrate the winter holidays with us by attending two concerts in the elegant Bastyr University Chapel. As a gift to the community, we will again sponsor a free concert by Breath of Aire on December 9. On December 11, the Everett Choral Society will also grace the chapel with melodic holiday music as a benefit for the Chapel Organ Fund.
Though we're approaching 2012, there is still time to enjoy what Bastyr University has to offer in 2011. In this season of Thanksgiving, I am grateful to everyone in the Bastyr University community for your continued support in making our school the best place to study the natural health arts and sciences in the country.
Daniel K. Church, PhD
Bastyr University President