President's Newsletter July 2014

Coming Events

Our annual Mission Day on Friday, Aug. 15 will feature an opening Interfaith Service, as well as presentations by members of the Mission Integration and Education Teams. Note that this event is on Friday not Monday to accommodate the Monday faculty workshop. This is a great opportunity both to deepen our appreciation of our mission and to foster a strong campus community spirit.

The annual State of the University Day, Tuesday, Aug. 19 begins at 8 a.m., with breakfast in the student dining room followed by the program in the PEC.

All faculty and staff are asked to attend the above events. (Note: the Mission Day program will be repeated for those whose orientation duties preclude them from attending on the 15th.)

The Diversity and Cross-Cultural Action Committee is working with the Anti-Defamation League to engage 100 students, faculty, and staff in the Campus of Difference program August 14-15. Additional information on this should be coming soon.

The New Student Convocation on Thursday, Aug. 21 begins Student Orientation.

We will celebrate the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit on Monday, Aug. 25. As the symbolic beginning to the academic year and final activity of Orientation Weekend, our Mass once again will be supported by an adjusted class schedule and a free all-university luncheon. All are encouraged to attend.

As noted before, in addition to the O’Pake Lecture on Nov. 10, and the usual wonderful variety of Literary Festival events, an impressive series of lectures is planned for early fall.

Founders Day is being commemorated on Sept. 11 with a lecture on “Vatican II and the Theology of Baptism” from Dr. Richard Gaillardetz. The event begins at 7 p.m., in the McGlinn Conference Center.

Nationally recognized author Denise Kiernan whose book Girls of Atomic City drew global acclaim, is the Literary Festival Keynote speaker. She will present on Oct. 8, at 6 p.m., in Francis Hall Theater.

This year’s First Year Seminar Lecture features Mark “Coach” Smallwood from the Rodale Institute. He will address “Ethical and Environmental Concerns Regarding Industrial Food Production” on Oct. 30, 7 p.m., in the PEC.

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president's newsletter july 2014

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