A Message From Academic Affairs
Hope your summer is going well and you are enjoying the blast of heat that has besieged us in the Quad Cities. By comparison, while I was visiting New Delhi, India in May, it was over 106 degrees every day. So things are sometimes relative - it's just a matter of perspective. Or you could simply blame me that I brought the heat back from India!
I want to provide you with a brief update of all the happenings this summer in Academic Affairs. Kristin Douglas has moved her office and joined the Dean's Office in Founder's Hall. Our search for the Director of the Upper Mississippi River Center continues with the hope of making a hire by August 2012. We are busy planning for the New Faculty Orientation, the Faculty Retreat on the 13th and 14th of August, and the 2012-13 academic year. We have successfully completed all twenty-one full-time faculty hires for 2012-13. We have also bid goodbye to seven faculty members who left us to join other institutions and ten who have retired. We now have tuition deposits from just over 670 new freshmen as well as 45 new transfer students. So far, over 400 first-year students have registered for fall term through Summer Connections. In addition, construction work on campus is in full swing.
I look forward to seeing you all at the Faculty Retreat in August. I hope you will be delighted that the words "curricular realignment," "4-1-4," "RISE," "SLGs," and "6-35" will not cross my lips at this retreat. Unfortunately, they will be replaced by new words "HLC," "HLC" and "HLC" and just for some additional fun I might throw in a few other endearing terms like "Student Learning Outcomes," "Re-envisioning our Faculty Development Efforts" and "Strengthening our Advising and Mentoring Efforts." If you have any suggestions for additional endearing terms, do let me know.
Enjoy the few remaining weeks of summer.