Many of our students were quite active during their spring “break,” engaged in the type of learning experiences that will serve them well and make us proud. Here are a few examples I’m aware of. I’m sure there are others I missed but are no less valuable.
I spent much of my “break” visiting donors in Florida. Their faith in our university is comforting and energizing. I needed the latter, given the many miles Liana and I logged, but it was well worth it. The culmination was our annual “Friends in Florida” event, which drew 87 people, our best attendance to date. My thanks to Andy Bethune and Jim Dwyer and everyone in the Foundation and Alumni Relations offices who worked so hard to make this a success.
In addition to spending time with donors, I also visited our baseball, softball and women’s tennis teams who were competing in Florida. Each recorded some impressive wins, but what impressed me more was how well they represent our university. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the student-athletes and their families.
Hillary Degner and Monica Reyes
I would like to extend my congratulations to Monica Reyes, associate director for the Center for Business and Economic Development, and Hillary Degner, a professional and technical writing major from Monroe, who both will be honored at tonight’s YWCA Women of Achievement awards ceremony. I look forward to attending.
This Friday, our colleagues in the College of Business and Management will honor students, faculty, staff and representatives in the regional business community during the second annual Academia Awards Best in Business ceremony. My congratulations to all the honorees:
Also on Friday evening, our international students will celebrate their signature event of the winter term: Intercultural Night. This is a wonderful opportunity for them to showcase a slice of their native culture with us. I encourage you to attend.
We received some good news this week when Military Times released their Best For Vets Business Schools rankings. We were the top-rated school in Michigan and ranked No. 20 nationally on a list rating the best educational institutions for military-affiliated students seeking an education in business. To determine its business school rankings, Military Times focused on culture and curriculum that cater to military-affiliated students. The rankings will be published in issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times.
Tuesday, I attended a presentation by Beth Roe, “A collaborative project to improve healthcare of the elderly in long-term care,” and I was struck by what an outstanding example of community engagement her work is. She is including students in her research and she clearly has gained the support of leaders in the regional elder care community, as they attended her talk, as well. Beth’s work is another fine example of the scholarly projects supported by the Ruth and Ted Braun Fellowship Program.
If we think of the traditional academic year as a relay race, we are now beginning the anchor leg, the final seven weeks. We all must be our best runners – however we define our race – during this important stretch run. (Yes, I understand the irony of a sprinter analogy coming from me, but I like it, so I’m going with it.) We must run fast and with purpose, but also with intelligence and stamina to ensure we cross the finish line. For our students, especially those who may be experiencing this for the first time, please give them your full support. They deserve no less.