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Dear Woodbury community, “A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – William Shedd This year we celebrate our 130th anniversary and invite you to join us for Woodbury Week (October 13-18)—were we will provide a tribute to the entrepreneurship of F.C. Woodbury, celebrate our contributions to the early business development of Los Angeles, the continuing contributions of our alumni, and explore how we will continue to service the region in the future. When we first started in 1884, we offered business classes in a storefront in the Pueblo, the central business district of Los Angeles at that time.  F.C. Woodbury created this institution to meet a pressing need.  The city of Los Angeles was still in its infancy.  There were only 35,000 Angelenos at that time, but Mr. Woodbury and the civic leaders of this fledging city understood that an educated citizenry would be essential to future growth and prosperity.  Mr. Woodbury, who came to the frontier that was Los Angeles from the more established San Francisco, instituted one of the pillars of Woodbury education—entrepreneurship. Woodbury has been part of the business development of Los Angeles and, in a sustained demonstration of our core value of agility, our campus moved as the central business district grew.  At one time, one out of ten Angelenos went to Woodbury to study bookkeeping, commercial law, and how to operate the telegraph. Woodbury’s unique growth with Los Angeles organically transformed the university from a professional college to a full-fledged liberal arts university with an education focused on effectively preparing students for careers.  Woodbury’s academic programs are respected for being practical, entrepreneurial, and career-oriented.  External validation of our academic quality comes in the form of our highest accreditations: AACSB, ACBSP, FIDER or Council for Interior Design Accreditation, NAAB, NASD, and WASC.  We moved from Los Angeles to Burbank in 1987 to Villa Cabrini, the former site of the Catholic girls’ school. A university’s principal contribution to society is the production of graduates with highly valued degrees so we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge a few Woodbury graduates.  We are truly proud of our graduates, who include the first superintendent of the California Highway Patrol (Eugene W. Biscailuz), the Academy Award-winning fashion designer who created the most costumes for Marilyn Monroe including the most famous costume in all of film (William Travilla), the secretarial school graduate whose book launched the women’s liberation movement of the 1960’s (Helen Gurley Brown), and the architecture graduate who is now a successful shoe designer based in London (Bryan Oknyansky). One of our earliest graduates, Mary Emily Foy, the first woman head librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library, became a leader in the California Women’s Suffrage Movement—nine years ahead of the federal drive to open the franchise to women.  Years later, in 1914, another Woodbury alumna, Georgia Phillips Morgan Bullock, was appointed the first woman judge of Los Angeles.  Judge Bullock was the “woman judge” of Los Angeles, in charge of a court segregated by gender where “she would serve as a role model of Victorian ideals of womanhood for female misdemeanants.” Woodbury University is committed to delivering unique educational value to its alumni, current, and future students. We do this by infusing the Four Pillars into everything that we do. They are the foundation upon which a Woodbury education rests - our values, our active verbs, our lodestars. They form the core of the student experience; they define our aspirations and our outcomes. WOODBURY UNIVERSITY FOUR PILLARS Transdisciplinarity: Thinking and acting holistically by bridging multiple perspectives and practices. Design Thinking: Creating impactful solutions by linking needs and functions to limits and possibilities. Entrepreneurship: Pursuing visionary opportunities to realize innovative knowledge, practice or product. Civic Engagement: Strengthening communities by actively applying critical knowledge, skills and values. Woodbury is committed to continuing this tradition of delivering unique educational experiences that produce socially responsible graduates who are outstanding professionals grounded in liberal education.  As one community, join the alumni and friends of Woodbury as we embark in the various activities commemorating our 130th anniversary. Sincerely, Dr. Luís María R. Calingo