Dear Albright Faculty and Staff,
It’s hard to believe that Spring Break has come and gone, and we are now just 44 days away from commencement. It was thrilling to see campus in full bloom with a record number of prospective students and families for our Accepted Student Open House last weekend. Congratulations to the Admission Office for a spectacular event and a hearty thank you to all faculty and staff who spent their Saturday with our prospective families. It was a GREAT day to be a Lion!
Though we are quickly moving toward the end of the semester, there are still so many things yet to experience at Albright this spring, like Diversity Week, which is just around the corner!
During Diversity Week – April 7-13 — we will celebrate our ongoing commitment to an equitable, inclusive and thriving community with an engaging array of activities and events. All events are open to everyone — both those in the traditional residential programs and those in the School of Professional Studies. A few of the highlights include a new Diversity Week tradition sponsored by the Council for an Inclusive, Thriving and Equitable Community (CITE-C). On Monday, April 8, at 4 p.m., faculty, staff and students are invited to make a quilt block, that when put together, will reflect how our campus’ diversity makes us who we are. Several Albrightians on CITE-C, including me, got a jump start on our quilt blocks last week. The story of who we are is already unfolding and it’s amazing! I hope that you will participate — no sewing skills required!
The Diversity Dinner on Wednesday, April 10 at 5 p.m. will spotlight the Irish culture with an array of mouth-watering dishes in the dining hall, while the Pride+ Festival on Friday, April 12, will feature games, prizes and opportunities for learning about the LGBTQ community. And leading us into Alumni Weekend, you will have the opportunity to visit and reconnect with members of Albright’s new Society of Black Alumni — Tiffenia Archie, Ph.D. ’92, Justin Armstrong ’18, The Honorable Tonya Butler ’93, Andre Ezeugwu ’10 and Ebony Richardson ’13 — on Saturday, April 13, from 12 to 2 p.m. in Alumni Hall.
In addition to our Society of Black Alumni members, we’ll be celebrating seven other inspiring and accomplished graduates on Saturday evening during the Alumni Association Awards Dinner. Join us for dinner (you can register here: www.albright.edu/aw2019) in celebration of The Rev. Dr. Gene W. ’64 & Vivien L. (Griesemer) ’64 Aulenbach, Todd G. Bonsall, D.C. ’88, Andrea Verdone Gorsegner ’99, Brian Nester, D.O., M.S., M.B.A., F.A.C.O.E.P. ’84, Patricia L. Fitzgerald ’93 and Caroline M. Vazzana ’14.
I celebrate the good work that Albright’s Domino Players and the theatre department have done this season that has contributed to our campus conversations on racial and social justice. From “Mosaic,” to national award-winning “Raisin in the Sun,” to “America the Play: a Play about America,” and “Sweeney Todd,” the entire season has been thought-provoking and encouraged conversation. I thank and celebrate the Domino Players and all faculty and staff in the theatre department for developing such an impactful and important production season.
I wish to share with you a story about our students, which reminded me how much it means to be a part of this special Albright community. Recently, at a meeting with our College Heights neighbors, I learned that several of our students have been helping our community friends — one student has helped shovel snow and rake leaves at Nativity Lutheran Church and others helped a neighbor who had fallen in the snow, helping him up, and then carrying his groceries into the house. No names were given to me when these stories were shared. I celebrate these students for being good friends and neighbors to our local community members.
The semester is going by quickly. Each one of us has been extremely busy, accomplishing both ongoing and daily work and the work of building our larger community for the future. Many of you are engaged in phase 6 of our Deep Dive strategic planning process and some of you will be soon, as phase 6 teams continue to form. Doing both your daily work and the work needed to move our college boldly into the future is difficult and tiring. Thank you for your continued commitment to Albright College and to our students.