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President Joseph F. Sheley gave his annual address to the campus community at CSU Stanislaus on Aug. 26, laying the blueprint for a new culture of pride and advocacy with a clear focus on student success, a call for increased regional partnerships and a commitment to the fundamental skill of writing.
In his first annual address since his appointment as president by the CSU Board of Trustees in May, Sheley renewed his call for advocacy on behalf of CSU Stanislaus from those on campus and throughout the region. Advocacy will be especially important, he said, as the university continues to fight for funding to increase enrollment each year and provide access to higher education for more of the region’s students.
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“But people can’t advocate for us if they don’t know our story — and know it well enough that they can tell it to others,” Sheley said. “All of us at the university need to tell that story such that people understand why an education at CSU Stanislaus matters to this region and beyond.”
Sheley said that while those outside the university often clamor for a greater focus on academic programs that lead directly to specific jobs — such as those in business, health, science and teaching — he stressed the importance of the core liberal arts and sciences curriculum of the campus as providing an overall education that prepares students for a successful career.
“Regardless of major, our alumni possess foundational skills — critical thinking, comprehension, communication, and not just problem solving, but problem identification,” Sheley said. “They’ve honed those skills within their specific major, be it professional or in the liberal arts and sciences. The major extends the foundation, but the foundation carries the day.”
Presidential Investiture Set for Nov. 22
The Investiture of President Joseph F. Sheley — a significant, formal ceremony— will be held in Fitzpatrick Arena on Nov. 22. An academic processional will begin at 10:30 a.m., and a ceremony to invest Sheley as the 10th president of CSU Stanislaus will start at 11 a.m.
The event is expected to draw more than 1,000 people and will feature a speech outlining the president’s long-term vision for the university. An investiture is a formal academic ceremony held during or at the conclusion of a university president’s first year in office.
Investitures have symbolized the pursuit of knowledge since the Middle Ages and today are used welcome a new era and celebrate as a community. CSU Chancellor Timothy White, members of the CSU Board of Trustees, various CSU presidents and other dignitaries, along with members of the public and the campus community, will attend to mark the occasion.
For more information, visit one.csustan.edu.