Facility Expansion and Community Involvement

On Sunday, March 23, 2003, CCNM opened its doors to the public for the annual Open House 2003 – Discover the Healing Power of Nature. More than 900 people visited the college to participate in a variety of events throughout the day. Open House 2003 was especially significant this year as it marks the 25th anniversary of CCNM’s founding.

Bastyr University’s community education program – open to the public – offers Fundamentals of Ayurvedic Medicine course. Students learn to recognize Ayurvedic body types and personalities, and about Ayurvedic nutrition, diet therapy and detoxification. CEUs are available upon request.

A reporter tours Bastyr University’s culinary and medicinal garden, calling it an “organic paradise.”

The new Essiac® Botanical Medicine Collection expansion in Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine’s Learning Resources Center grants students and faculty access to information on botanical medicine in a variety of formats, including the Internet, CD-ROM and a new Web links page. The botanical medicine print collection has been enlarged, including out-of-print materials. New databases, periodicals and equipment for classroom data projection have also been added.

The new Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center, SCNM’s teaching clinic, provides patients and students with a beautiful, well-equipped clinical setting that embodies true health and environmental consciousness: all-natural carpet fibers, full spectrum lighting, recycled materials and non-toxic paint and building materials.

Funds from a generous donor helped to establish CCNM’s Paracelsus Herb Garden. Students planted the garden with more than 200 medicinal plants specific to different medical traditions.

In April 2002, SCNM provided institutional and continuing education support at Harvard Medical School’s annual Complementary and Integrative Medicine conference.

SCNM classrooms are equipped with multi-media LCD, video and Internet access to enhance student and instructor course experiences. Online course notes and information for over 65 courses are also available to students as additional resources on Blackboard.com.

University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine students are active in a variety of extra-curricular activities to promote naturopathic medicine to the public. Students sponsor health fairs, provide community outreach and maintain an herbal garden available for study by the public at large. The herb garden was planted to honor the first graduating class of the College of Naturopathic Medicine. An endowed scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student.


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