It’s hard to believe that we’re wrapping up the sixth week of the semester—what a whirlwind this fall has been! I’m continually overjoyed seeing our students, faculty, and staff back in person on our campuses. The energy—and the Cougar spirit—is stronger than ever. I also want to take a moment to thank all of you for the hard work you have put in to ensure that we could return to an in‑person experience—and commend you because, across all our locations, WSU is doing phenomenally well. Our vaccination rates are high, and our case rates remain low.
The past year and a half pushed many of us to new extremes as we weathered a global pandemic and political upheaval. But, many of us have grown from these experiences—I know I have. We’ve learned to adapt to new environments and ways of communicating and learning; we’ve discovered that mental health is as important as our physical well‑being; and perhaps most importantly, we’re having critical, and overdue, conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion.
This semester has not been without its challenges. This past weekend, our WSU Pullman campus learned of a tragic act of violence. To our Cougar family, I want you to know that you all remain in Noel and my thoughts. Please take the time you need to reflect and heal, and know that resources are available for you.
As we continue into the semester, I’m looking forward to meeting with Cougs across our nation as I work with our development partners on advancing WSU’s philanthropic agenda. We will have some exciting news to share in the coming months about groundbreaking support for our students, faculty, and staff across the system.
Thank you again for all you’re doing to support WSU
Kirk Schulz, President
Washington State University