President's Message - January 2012

Bastyr University President, Dr. Daniel K. Church.

As we begin a new year and a new quarter, Bastyr University is preparing for a number of significant events.

This year marks the 100th birthday of our University’s namesake, Dr. John Bartholomew Bastyr. Dr. Bastyr was seen as a pioneer and promoter in the field of natural medicine, even during times when naturopathy was drawing fire from the allopathic community. His commitment to science-based natural medicine continued throughout his career as he spent a great amount of energy researching medical literature and applying the latest findings to naturopathic principles and laboratory studies.

To honor the contributions and legacy of this great healer and innovator, Bastyr University is planning several major 2012 events for our students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends, including an on-campus kickoff event January 25 for those whose lives were touched by Dr. Bastyr’s work, teachings and friendship.

In this new year, we also continue to gear up for the fall quarter opening of our San Diego campus. We are now accepting all applications to our naturopathic medicine program (the priority deadline is February 1). Those interested in studying in California will be notified as soon as our San Diego campus has achieved final accreditation approval, and we eagerly await their arrival when we open the doors this September.

Also new this fall is our Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree program at our Kenmore campus. This program differs from other graduate psychology programs in that it focuses on whole-person health — body, mind and spirit — allowing graduates the opportunity to find careers in private practice or integrative settings as licensed mental health counselors (LMHC). Classes will be offered on weekends to accommodate both working professionals and traditional students who desire an alternate schedule.

Prospective counseling psychology students will be interested to know that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mental health jobs are expected to increase by 24 percent between now and 2018. This indicates tremendous growth potential in this field and a strong need for qualified and licensed mental health professionals to begin their training now.

This is just a sample of what we are working on at Bastyr University for this year. Be sure to visit our website frequently to follow our progress. It may only be the beginning of the year, but we are already in mid-season form when it comes to planning for success in 2012.

In Health,

Daniel K. Church, PhD
President, Bastyr University

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