August 24, 2016
Dear Stanislaus State faculty, staff and administrators,
Welcome back to the first day of classes for the new 2016-17 academic year! Even though I imagined it would it would be an exciting time to join the campus, my experiences so far have well exceeded my imagination for just how wonderful, exciting, warm and welcoming my first 55 days have been. I am very humbled and inspired to join you as the new 11th President at Stanislaus State. As your new President, I promise that it will be an exciting, engaging and important year for at least three major reasons.
First, on a historical note, as you can see from some of the photos here, Stanislaus State welcomed our largest freshmen class in the history of the campus with 1,416 freshmen. We hosted our first Freshman Convocation in over 12 years! It was deeply touching to see so many faculty attend to welcome our newest freshmen and watch the students have the opportunity to meet and mingle with our faculty, Deans and Vice Presidents this past Monday as they start their college journeys to become graduates of the Class of 2020.
Second, my husband and I had the pleasure of meeting many of you at the beginning of July at my initial campus event. We had the wonderful experience of participating and riding with Mayor Soiseth in Turlock's Fourth of July parade and we truly enjoyed the firework festivities on campus later that evening. I've been meeting so many wonderful staff, faculty and administrators on campus, as well as meeting key donors and important elected officials and other dignitaries in our surrounding community. It's also been a pleasure greeting our newest faculty and students. Since I've met hundreds of people so far, please feel free to reintroduce yourself to me when you do see me! My visits to offices around campus have been a joy, and I feel so warmly welcomed.
Third, working closely with the Senate, faculty and many across campus, we will be launching a Presidential listening tour Transition Team and beginning work on our new University Strategic Plan. Please watch for more emails to attend over a dozen open campus forums this Fall. It is my hope to host many opportunities for everyone in our campus community to be involved with the dialogue that will shape how we want Stanislaus State to continue to thrive as a destination university for our region.
Finally, I am inviting everyone to attend my Fall Convocation address next Tuesday, August 30. The pre-convocation reception begins at 10:30 a.m. outside Snider Recital Hall and the Convocation address will start promptly at 11:00 a.m. until noon.
As we welcome the 2016-17 academic year, I cannot thank all of you enough for what you do to help Stanislaus State achieve its mission and for making our University what it is today. We are a small enough university to have a personal touch, so I know that together we will work to further build and enrich our outstanding university, and I'm looking forward to seeing you around campus!