After an historic and monumental 2012 full of accomplishments and celebrations, we at Bastyr University welcome the new year with high hopes and the expectation that 2013 will be as successful, if not more so, than the previous 365 days. Already we have much to look forward to – here are a few highlights.
If you have an interest in learning more about careers in natural medicine or are planning to apply to Bastyr University, I invite and encourage you to attend our largest on-campus admissions event of the year, the Saturday Open House on January 26. Located on the University’s campus, the all-day affair gives prospective students a wonderful opportunity to learn more about our degree and certificate programs, application deadlines and the financial aid process. Additionally, come and take a tour of the campus, eat in our award-winning Dining Commons and speak with students and faculty to get a glimpse of life at Bastyr University. Prospective naturopathic students also are invited to our Clinic Open House on January 25 at Bastyr Center for Natural Health.
We are pleased to be able to announce a new Master of Science in Ayurveda Sciences. With the first class starting in fall 2013, this new degree offering represents the first regionally accredited program of its kind in the U.S. Although it is relatively new in America, ayurveda has roots dating back 5,000 years in India and is steadily gaining in popularity in this country. This new program promises to keep us in front of the ever-changing landscape of natural medicine and help us best educate health leaders and providers of tomorrow.
The start of the winter quarter is unofficially marked by our annual Splash and Dash, where brave students, faculty and staff members take to the chilly waters of Lake Washington. Now in its 15th year, the plunge is a way to start the New Year, and the new quarter, in an invigorating and memorable way. For those who participate in the run, the plunge, the shivers and the laughs with others in the community, we salute you.
Finally, after spending all of 2012 celebrating what would have been our University namesake’s 100th birthday, we recognize a different kind of milestone in 2013 – Bastyr University’s 35th anniversary. It’s hard to believe that back in 1978, an inspired group of four visionaries took it upon themselves to establish a school of science-based natural medicine, at a time when the mainstream did not think highly of, or know much about, complementary medicine. It is a testament to their perseverance, dedication and foresight that we are where we are as a comprehensive health arts and sciences university, with a second campus now up and running in San Diego.
With this pioneering spirit in mind, I look forward to another fantastic year for everyone in the Bastyr University community as we continue to lead innovation in natural health education.
Daniel K. Church, PhD
Bastyr University President