After breakfast, Shepard delivers annual address

Western Today staff
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 11:36am

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Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard delivers his annual convocation remarks to a packed Performing Arts Center Mainstage Theater Wednesday morning, Sept. 18. Photo by Matthew Anderson | WWU
Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard delivers his annual convocation remarks to a packed Performing Arts Center Mainstage Theater Wednesday morning, Sept. 18. Photo by Matthew Anderson | WWU

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Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard delivers his annual convocation remarks to a packed Performing Arts Center Mainstage Theater Wednesday morning, Sept. 18. Photo by Matthew Anderson | WWU
Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard delivers his annual convocation remarks to a packed Performing Arts Center Mainstage Theater Wednesday morning, Sept. 18. Photo by Matthew Anderson | WWU

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Western Washington University faculty and staff enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the Viking Commons before the Opening Convocation ceremony in the PAC. Photo by Matthew Anderson | WWU
Western Washington University faculty and staff enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the Viking Commons before the Opening Convocation ceremony in the PAC. Photo by Matthew Anderson | WWU

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Western Washington University faculty and staff enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the Viking Commons before the Opening Convocation ceremony in the PAC. Photo by Matthew Anderson | WWU
Western Washington University faculty and staff enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the Viking Commons before the Opening Convocation ceremony in the PAC. Photo by Matthew Anderson | WWU

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Western President Bruce Shepard chats with faculty and staff members during the convocation breakfast Sept. 18 in the Viking Commons. Photo by Matthew Anderson | WWU
Western President Bruce Shepard chats with faculty and staff members during the convocation breakfast Sept. 18 in the Viking Commons. Photo by Matthew Anderson | WWU

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Cyndie Shepard chats with faculty and staff members during the convocation breakfast Sept. 18 in the Viking Commons. Photo by Matthew Anderson | WWU
Cyndie Shepard chats with faculty and staff members during the convocation breakfast Sept. 18 in the Viking Commons. Photo by Matthew Anderson | WWU

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Bagpipers welcome faculty and staff to the Performing Arts Center for the annual Opening Convocation awards and a speech by President Bruce Shepard.
Bagpipers welcome faculty and staff to the Performing Arts Center for the annual Opening Convocation awards and a speech by President Bruce Shepard.

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Mentioning that he's been asked to be more succinct in his communications, WWU President Bruce Shepard jokingly places a large clock on the podium to help him keep his remarks short. Photo by Matthew Anderson | WWU
Mentioning that he's been asked to be more succinct in his communications, WWU President Bruce Shepard jokingly places a large clock on the podium to help him keep his remarks short. Photo by Matthew Anderson | WWU

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Western Washington University faculty and staff enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the Viking Commons before the Opening Convocation ceremony in the PAC. Photo by Matthew Anderson | WWU
Western Washington University faculty and staff enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the Viking Commons before the Opening Convocation ceremony in the PAC. Photo by Matthew Anderson | WWU

After hundreds of faculty and staff gathered for a complimentary breakfast in the Viking Commons, Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard delivered his annual convocation address to faculty and staff Wednesday morning.

In his address, Shepard posed several questions for Western to address as it seeks to create a brighter future for Washington.

A video of the president's speech is available online here (Shepard's remarks begin at 19:30, after the presentation of the annual awards for faculty and staff). The full text of Shepard's speech is available here.

The faculty and staff award winners who were recognized are:

  • Outstanding Faculty Leadership: Kevin Leonard, History
  • Diversity Achievement Award: Steven Sulkin, Shannon Point Marine Center
  • Carl H. Simpson Bridging Award: Aysha Kloub, Fairhaven College
  • Outstanding Classified Staff: Susan Cahill, Woodring College of Education
  • Professional Staff Award for Excellence: David Davidson, Border Policy Research
  • Philip E. Sharpe, Jr. Community Engagement Award: David Willett, Facilities Development/Capital Budget
  • Team Recognition Award: Multi-Purpose Field Team (Mark Bagley, Linda Beckman, Rick Benner, Mark Brovak, Steve Brummel, Athletics Steven Card, Travis Connell, Clark Cripps, Lynda Goodrich, Teresa Hart, Tamara Jansen, Adam Leonard, Barbara Lewis Pete Lockhart, Sally McKechnie, Justin Moore, Sara Nichols, Kunle Ojikutu, Sara Richards, Diana Rosen, Marie Sather, Ed Simpson, Amy Suiter, Brian Sullivan, Mike Ulrich, David Willett)

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Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard delivers his annual convocation remarks to a packed Performing Arts Center Mainstage Theater Wednesday morning, Sept. 18. Photo by Matthew Anderson | WWU