As the 2012 Summer Olympic Games take place in London, I reflect that the elements that make that event so special — teamwork, spirit and hard work — are the same ones that, to me, make Bastyr University so special. We have a number of exciting events happening in the coming month and beyond, for which we are actively preparing.
In the same way the summer games unify countries, the 27th American Association of Naturopathic Physicians Annual Convention and Exposition will unify those interested in the naturopathic profession. It takes place August 15-18 in Bellevue, Washington, close to our campus, providing a wonderful opportunity for the best and brightest in the world of natural medicine to meet, learn and have fun. Prospective Bastyr University students will have the chance to learn more about the profession and gain valuable insight into what naturopathic medicine is all about.
Past Olympians’ accomplishments are memorialized and appreciated – just as Bastyr University alumni are remembered fondly. On August 14th, we welcome our past graduates back to campus for Alumni Day. Activities throughout the day will include campus tours, alumni discounts at the bookstore and much more.
Attendees will also get the chance to share their memories of our University’s namesake on what would have been Dr. John Bastyr’s 100th birthday.
From the time they are young children, world-class athletes train for years to become the best at their respective sports. This month, we are also starting young, at least when it comes to teaching children about the importance of healthy lifestyles and obesity prevention. The second annual APPLE Core program happens on the Bastyr University campus on August 11. Children between the ages of 8-12 and their parents will participate in a number of activities designed to educate and encourage families to eat healthy, exercise and make good choices – together.
The goal in many track events is to cross the finish line first. For Bastyr University’s California campus, the end of our preparation is in sight and we are sprinting toward the grand opening on September 14, 2012. From new leadership to assembling our faculty, we are gearing up for a memorable celebration next month.
Just like those who prepare and participate in the Olympics, our team is seeing the fruits of its labor. We hope you follow and support us as we continue to make Bastyr University the gold standard for natural health arts and sciences throughout the world.
Daniel K. Church, PhD
Bastyr University President
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