Fast Facts That You “May” Not Have Known

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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We present a little trivia about this month to go along with the latest news and events.

A view of the garden in the foreground, student village in the background.

The month of May is memorable for a number of reasons. In addition to it being the month with the fewest number of letters in it, May is special in that no other month ever begins on the same day of the week, regardless of the year. As we near the halfway point of 2013, here are the latest happenings on our campuses and clinics that we feel are as memorable and special as the month in which they are happening.

Herb Day, Week Celebrations

To help celebrate Herb Day on May 4, Bastyr University is hosting a number of presentations on campus that week to raise public awareness about the significance of herbs in our daily lives and the many way herbs can be used safely and creatively for health, beauty care and culinary enjoyment.  Among the presentations will be one called “Herbal Salves: Versatile Herbal Preparations & First Aid Necessities for Every Home.” The public is invited to attend. Speaking of celebrations, don’t forget that Bastyr University will be hosting our annual Herb and Food Fair on Saturday June 1.

One of America’s Greenest Universities

The Princeton Review has named Bastyr University one of the nation’s greenest colleges and universities for 2013.  The 215-page guide highlights Bastyr University’s energy efficiency, its LEED-Platinum certified Student Village, the fact that 90 percent of food expenditures at Bastyr go toward local, organic, and responsibly sourced products, and the University’s Dining Commons, which provides complete vegetarian options for all of its meals. While the main reason we strive to be environmentally conscious is for the good of the planet, it is nice to be recognized for our efforts in “going green.”

Bill Mitchell Visiting Scholar in Botanical Medicine

This month Bastyr alumna Mary Bove, ND (’90), will be on Bastyr University’s Kenmore campus as the Bill Mitchell Visiting Scholar in Botanical Medicine. Throughout the month she will teach a variety of classes in the herbal sciences and naturopathic medicine programs, as well as visit teaching clinics and present lectures to the public.

Dr. Bove is a former chair of Bastyr’s Departments of Botanical Medicine and Midwifery and served as a faculty member. What’s more, she worked closely with Dr. Bill Mitchell, Bastyr University cofounder and the man for whom this endowment is named. We welcome Dr. Bove back and hope you will have an opportunity to hear her speak!

It may only have three short letters in its name, but the month of May promises to be long on activities and events at Bastyr University. We hope you will continue to follow the strides we are making in the fields of natural medicine and higher education and continue to support us throughout the year.


In health,

Daniel K. Church, PhD

Bastyr University President