Fall is Here, and So Are The Students

Fall Leaves

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:

Naturopathic Medicine Week

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.

Haunted Trails Returns

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.

Free Talks

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.

San Diego Campus Turns Two

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.

Founders’ Day Dinner

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.

Organ Benefit Concert, Featuring Maestro Hector Olivera

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




What Is Naturopathic Medicine graphic

Bastyr University Celebrates Naturopathic Medicine Week 2016

Naturopathic Medicine Week 2-16 was a huge success at Bastyr University.Scroll to the bottom to see our video explaining the 6 Principles of Naturopathic Medicine.

Three students posing for the camera

Bringing Healing to Families in Need

Through a partnership with the nonprofit charter school EJE Academy, naturopathic clinicians at Bastyr University California are offering free health care to students and their families in an underserved region of San Diego

Students Rally for Medicare Inclusion in Washington, DC

Nearly 150 naturopathic medicine supporters from around the country spoke with Congress about Medicare inclusion at the annual DC Federal Legislative Initiative (DC FLI) in May.
Bastyr Kenmore's 2016 graduation ceremony at Benaroya Hall

Bastyr Graduating Nearly 400 Students in June 2016

Bastyr University California in San Diego and Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington, are sending nearly 400 graduates into the world at their respective commencement ceremonies June 19 and 20, 2016.

In the Media

Natural Benefits of Eucalyptus

September 8Natural Benefits of Eucalyptus:

Jenn Dazey, ND discusses the natural benefits of eucalyptus on page 24 of the April 2020 edition of Prevention Magazine.

Pacific County Program Manager

March 5Health Department Expands Services, brings new People Aboard:

Stephanie Michael, a registered dietician nutritionist, was hired as the county’s Health Services Program manager, and is on the front lines of the COVID-19 response in Pacific County

February 27Seattle Based Organization Expands Awareness About Naturopathic Medicine: Welcomes Dr. Joe Pizzorno To Board Of Directors:

The Institute of Natural Medicine announces that Dr. Joe Pizzorno has joined their Board of Directors