Events: New semester, inauguration

Jan. 26, 2017

Welcome Back, Warriors!

Good morning, Warriors!

It's exciting to welcome everyone to the new semester! It was such a delight to drive on to campus this morning and feel how the atmosphere comes alive when students and faculty return. The parking lots are full of cars, faculty are busy in classrooms and labs, the pathways are full of students looking for their new classes, staff are greeting students in hectic offices, and main dining is packed. It's a great feeling!

We have made good progress this past Fall, and we have even more to look forward to in the coming semester. For example, we will continue to pursue achievement of our GRI 2025 graduation rate goals set forth by the Chancellor's Office and the Board of Trustees. Faculty advisors and our GREAT Team have been hard at work over the last semester implementing new strategies to enhance student success. Stay tuned for some exciting new events coming down the pipeline as well.

I am pleased to announce that we will be joined on campus by Dr. Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, for the installation of a peace pole on our campus on March 27. It will serve as a pillar of hope and inclusivity as we embrace diversity of all kinds at Stanislaus State. In that same spirit, we will be launching the new President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, an adaptation of the former Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity. This Commission will work with the campus to assess, create and implement to a truly comprehensive institutional diversity action plan for our campus.

Finally, there are a few important dates that I hope you will put on your calendars:

  • First, this Monday, January 30th from 3pm-5pm in Snider Recital Hall the University Strategic Planning Council will be hosting an open forum as they continue their work on developing our new University Strategic Plan. Come share your thoughts about what you'd like to see in the future for Stanislaus State.
  • Second, I will be holding a Spring Convocation on February 13th from 10am-12pm in Snider Recital Hall. I'll be providing a campus update, introducing our new university leadership team, and presenting the report produced by my Presidential Transition Team. As you know, they hosted almost 20 open forums last semester with students, staff, faculty and community members. I'm excited to reveal their report and share how we will address many of the issues that emerged from the forums. Please try to attend this informative campus meeting.
  • Finally, I would be very honored if you would all join me for my inauguration as the 11th president of Stanislaus State. It will be an exciting day for the campus community as we celebrate this cherished tradition together and look to the future in this new chapter for our community. The inauguration ceremony will be at 10 am on March 30th in the Fitzpatrick Arena. Special seating will be available for faculty, staff and students. Please watch for emails and website announcements for more details about other related events and activities.

Best wishes for a wonderful Spring semester and see you soon!

Warm regards,
Ellen