A New School Year is A Lot Like Celebrating a Birthday

Sunday, September 1, 2013

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Our University President explains why this is one of his favorite times of the year.

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For a lifelong academic such as I, the start of a new school year is similar to the feeling of celebrating a birthday: There is much anticipation, excitement and happiness. And while there are no presents to unwrap as this school year begins, the gift of seeing the growing Bastyr University community alive with spirit and vibrancy provides a satisfaction to which no material object can compare. Here are a few highlights for September 2013.

San Diego Campus Turns One
The start of this school year coincides with at least one big birthday: Our San Diego campus turns 1 year old! On September 14, Bastyr University California will celebrate 365 days of existence. Since it opened, the campus has received a warm welcome from the local community, and being the first accredited school for naturopathic medicine in the state has resulted in a flood of admissions applications. Year two promises continued growth, including more classrooms, laboratories and a relocation and expansion of the clinic.  

Mollie Katzen Speaks
Late in the month we partner with the King County Library System (KCLS) to host celebrated cookbook author Mollie Katzen as part of the KCLS "A Place at the Table" series. Katzen will be on campus for a free talk on September 27, discussing creative menus for a plant-based diet and introducing her new book The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation. Be sure to arrive early to ensure a seat at this presentation.

Living Naturally Series Resumes
Speaking of food presentations, Bastyr Center for Natural Health resumes its free Living Naturally lectures September 5, with How to Eat Healthy on a Budget. Two Master of Science in Nutrition students, Lisa Holman and Stephanie Fairweather, will lead the discussion and share their tips for living frugally while eating a healthy diet. I can think of no better people to shed light on this topic than college students! The series continues Sept. 12 with the talk “Natural Treatments for Menopause” by Debra Brammer, ND, and Weiyi Ding, MD (China), MS, LAc.

$20 Student Visits at Bastyr Center
Another way for college students to save money while staying healthy begins this month at our Seattle teaching clinic. From September 3 - October 31, Bastyr Center offers $20 visits for university students. If you or someone you care about is enrolled in a college or university, now is a great time to receive high-quality care from our team of naturopathic doctors, who have been judged some of the best in the region when it comes to patient satisfaction.

Cutting-Edge Research
The Bastyr University Research Institute is constantly working on interesting and often pioneering studies. Here are a few examples of what is taking place in our labs: How probiotics may protect against an alarming drug-resistant superbug; how saunas may help with detoxification; and whether ingesting turkey tail mushrooms will help the immune systems of those fighting prostate cancer. Click here to learn more about the studies and how to participate.

Yet another new school year is upon us and I could not be more excited. Consider this message your invitation to the party; check back here often to see what develops on our campuses and in our clinics. There is no need to RSVP!

In health,

Daniel K. Church, PhD
Bastyr University President