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EWU State of the University Address | 2017


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    President Mary Cullinan gave her State of the University Address to faculty, staff and community members Tuesday, Sept. 19, in Showalter Hall Auditorium, outlining EWU's successes over the past year and goals for the future.

    "EWU is on an amazing trajectory," Cullinan said. "We're increasingly recognized for our commitment to students and the communities we serve, our focus on active and engaged learning, on inspiring students as they acquire the knowledge and skills they need for a lifetime of success." Cullinan summarized EWU's progress on a number of projects, including:

    She also spoke to the volatile and uncertain times regarding the state budget and politics, and how Eastern must be responsive to its environment. "Eastern has changed over the years in many ways," she said. "However, in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment, we can't just respond to change. We need to get ahead of it. We need to lead the change that provides solutions for businesses and communities." Cullinan emphasized how the strategic planning process for Eastern is critical - many of EWU's significant projects came from the current strategic plan. However, students will always remain Eastern's focus, along with the theme of collaborating closely with businesses, schools, agencies and other communities. "We need to keep our doors open to opportunities for students," she said. "We must keep our minds open to new ideas. We must continue to keep our hearts open to be an inclusive, welcoming community."

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