Between attending board committee meetings, traveling to alumnae chapter events and planning for major campus events, October has been a very busy month so far.
The fall meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Thursday and Friday of this week (October 21-22). Preparation for committee and full board meetings takes a significant amount of time from all of us in the President’s Office. The Board Affairs, Institutional Advancement and the Executive Committees have met this month. Other Board committees met in September. Also, faculty council representative Tim Hendrix and staff representative Kris Householder have prepared reports to the Board and will attend the business meeting on Friday. One of the major items before the Board will be the 2010-11 budget revisions. I will share the highlights from this meeting with the campus via email next week.
I would like to remind everyone of the work of the Major Events Committee, which has also been active in planning and supporting this year’s theme “Critical Thinking for Critical Times,” the summer reading program and major lectures. The Committee has begun planning for next year’s summer reading and presidential lectures. The theme for 2011-12 is “Uncommon Choices” – the 2011 summer reading book and lectures will focus on this theme. If you have suggestions for a book, please send your idea(s) to Chrissie Bumgardner (email@example.com) or Rebecca Duncan (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have recommendations for great speakers who could address this theme, please share them with Jeannie Morelock (email@example.com).
The Office of Alumnae and Parent Relations is supporting 60 alumnae chapter events this year and I am making an effort to speak at many of these. Last week, I attended the Winston-Salem event, which was very well attended and had alums present representing classes from 1951-2010. We have been excited about the recent gifts and funds brought in to the College by the Institutional Advancement staff. For example, we recently held an endowment signing for a $50,000 gift to fund a scholarship for students majoring in art, art education or interior design.
Please support our Admissions team as they prepare to welcome prospective students to campus on October 29 for Senior Visitation Day. What a wonderful time of year to visit our campus, especially the week before the exciting events of Cornhuskin’!
Have you presented research or attended a professional meeting recently? Has your department earned an award? Share news of these accomplishments and more with the Meredith community. Faculty and staff are invited to email items to Melyssa Allen, “Campus Connections” editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.