I would like to extend my appreciation to those who are serving on the search committee for our next provost. I’m thankful for the energy and commitment they’ve demonstrated throughout this process; they have been very responsive and have taken their duties seriously. From the pool of 38 applicants, we expect to invite four finalists to campus for open forums in late March. Look for more information on this soon.
By now, I’m sure you’ve heard that we’re moving forward with two ceremonies this May. Another change will be how we handle the reception following these ceremonies. The receiving line of faculty and staff is a fine tradition, but I would like to revise this to respond to the wishes of our students. They want their parents and family to meet the people who have meant so much to them, so we will have designated gathering points for each college in east arena. Stay tuned for more details on this.
My thanks to our faculty who are content partners for the College of Education as they have given their thought, time and cooperation to the College as it gathers evidence and data for its State of Michigan assessments and national accreditation. Taxpayers and students expect this sort of interdisciplinary cooperation, and I’m always pleased to be able to point to examples such as this.
My first formal overseas trip as president will be to visit our friend Dr. Lee and others at Ming Chuan University, our sister institution in Taiwan. I’ll be joining them for an anniversary celebration and finalizing plans for their branch campus at SVSU. A dedication ceremony for this is planned for Monday, June 23. Also, our graduate committee and the faculty as a whole have approved a joint degree program with Ming Chuan: a master’s degree in teaching Chinese as a second language. We hope to enroll our first students this fall.
While I’ll be abroad, our international students will present their signature event of the winter semester this Friday, March 21. Intercultural Night provides them an opportunity to showcase music, dance, dress and other elements of their native countries. I encourage you to attend as you’re able.
The various awards committees are busy completing their work. I hope you’ll join us to see your colleagues honored at the All-University Awards Banquet Friday, April 11.
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