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OCTOBER 20, 2017

Dear KWU Families,

We have just enjoyed a beautiful fall break on campus. Many of our students traveled to Costa Rica on a free Wesleyan Journey this week. If your student is a qualified junior or senior, please talk with them about what Journey they will take before they graduate (http://www.kwu.edu/current-students/wesleyan-journey).  

As your student starts the second half of fall semester, he or she has hopefully had a chance to rest and do some homework and is coming back refreshed and ready for the next eight weeks.

Between Homecoming and recent travels, I've visited with many alumni. It is so exciting to see graduates who are living out their dreams, thanks to the education they received from KWU. They regularly remind me to tell students to stay focused, not let setbacks derail them, and to work hard every day. I hope you'll encourage your student, just like I, and others on campus, do each day.

In the coming weeks, semester projects will be due, and longer assignments will likely be the focus. It is important to remind your student to keep up with work and to not let assignments get away from them. Continue to encourage them to use the Albert Nelson Student Success Center.

The national and local events of the last few weeks remind us that it is important to remain focused on our individual and collective safety. Law enforcement has taught us, "If you see something, say something." Students should talk to an RA, staff or faculty member, a coach, or be in touch with me if they have any concerns. We are implementing several programs to enhance campus safety awareness and education. While students receive safety education during orientation weeks, our campus security and emergency management personnel will share safety reminders at residence hall meetings and staff/faculty meetings within the next few weeks; Student Development recently launched its annual domestic violence awareness month programming; and, we are working on improvements to our CampusAlerts software and internal communication plans. We are all committed to making sure KWU is a safe and productive place for learning and growth. 

As always, please be in touch if there is something we can do to be in support of you or your student.

All the best,

Matt