During her annual State of the University address, EWU President Mary Cullinan encouraged faculty and staff to continue the work of helping students succeed every day.
“It’s your work,” said Cullinan, as she outlined the university’s role in transforming the lives of Eastern students. “Our role is increasingly important as this region’s public university. We are teaching the skills to help students be successful in this very disruptive world.”
This was Cullinan’s sixth State of the University address and during that time about 15-thousand Eagles have graduated from Eastern. The president proudly noted how EWU graduates “are everywhere,” working in our schools, hospitals and key businesses all over the Northwest. She urged the campus community to keep asking if everything we are doing is the best possible thing for students, so future Eagle graduates “can fly as successfully as previous graduates.”
To do this, Cullinan says Eastern must continue to offer new courses like the online MBA and online MEd, while supporting students through innovative campus programs that address key issues such as inclusion and food insecurity.
She also pointed out how the physical changes to campus, including the new PUB, the soon-to-be-completed Interdisciplinary Science Center and the Catalyst (the region’s first net-zero building) in Spokane are signs of EWU’s growing footprint. She also emphasized that Eastern will need to rely on strong community partnerships and increased fundraising for scholarships and academics to maintain its momentum.
President Cullinan says putting students first is most important. “I want to spend a lot of time this year talking with students. I want to learn what is working and what is not. I want to hear from students what we are doing right, and what we can do better.”