Dear Fellow Albrightians,
Welcome to the end of the first week of classes! And, almost the beginning of another cohort for our SPS students! This is one of the most fun and busy times on campus — the week that our students return and our traditional program classes start and our new SPS cohort begins. It is great to see our campus and classrooms so bustling!
It’s been a blur since we welcomed our first year and other new students on campus last week on one of the most beautiful days in recent memory. My thanks to the faculty, staff, athletic teams and other students who volunteered to move our new students in to the residence halls. Friday followed with a lovely convocation ceremony, including an inspiring address by this year’s Annadora Shirk Award winner, Matt Sonntag, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
Over the summer, we completed a few upgrades to campus, including Joffrey’s Coffee now at Jake’s Java. Be sure to check out their excellent coffee, including my favorite, Shakin’ Jamaican cold brew. A special thank you to the leaders of Albright’s Student Government Association, especially current President Heather MacQuarrie and Past-president Jordan Winkler, for their support in both talent and resources for the upgrade of the Student Center. If you haven’t seen it, be sure to stop by to check out the new carpet and new furniture. In addition, Crowell Hall has reopened and we have begun much-needed upgrades to the Woods Apartments.
This year, a number of faculty members are including a common reading in their first-year seminar and in other classes. “Between the World and Me,” by Ta Nehisi Coates describes the experience of a black man in America — in the form of a letter from a father to his son — and considers the question of how to live in a black body. Inclusion of a common reading for many students will provide a common touch point outside of class and provide a foundation for discussions on racial justice, especially relevant to today’s world.
Our Deep Dive Strategic Planning work continues unabated. Deep Dive Phase 4 teams are well into their work, and further Deep Dive Phase 4/5 teams will be commencing later this semester. Learn more about the Phase 4 teams whose work is ongoing by visiting the Deep Dive Engagement Plan on the web. There you’ll find a complete list of Phase 4 teams, their charges and their membership. This process is an essential part of our work to move Albright boldly into the future and I’m looking forward to seeing the outcomes of Phase 4.
Welcome to the new academic year! I am looking forward to working with each of you as I begin my year as a sophomore president!