President's Newsletter July 2015

Coming Events

Our annual Mission Day for faculty and staff will be held Monday, Aug. 17. This year we will focus on the Mission Education Plan and its implementation. Components of the plan reach out to many campus constituencies. This is a great opportunity to both deepen appreciation of our mission and foster a strong campus community spirit. (The Mission Day program will be repeated Sept. 9 for those whose orientation duties preclude them from attending.)

The annual State of the University Day, Tuesday, Aug. 18 begins at 8 a.m., with breakfast for all faculty and staff in the student dining room followed by the program in the PEC.

Please plan to attend both of these important university events.

Student Orientation begins on Thursday, Aug. 20, with New Student Convocation at its center. We will celebrate the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit on Monday, Aug. 24. 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 lunch. All are encouraged to attend.

Founders Day is being commemorated on Sept. 17, 7 p.m., with the annual lecture being held at the McGlinn Conference Center. This will be the concluding installment of of our multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of Vatican II and will feature Angela Carmella, professor of law at Seton Hall University, who will speak on the Declaration on Religious Liberty: Vatican II to the present.

The annual Freshman Seminar lecture, featuring author Wes Moore, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m., in the PEC. This year’s Literary Festival keynote speaker is Lisa Scottoline, the New York Times bestselling author and Edgar Award-winning writer of 23 novels, including her latest, “Every 15 Minutes.” She will speak on Oct. 6, 7 p.m., in the Francis Hall Theater.

Still in the planning stage, a new lecture series “The Francis Factor: Past, Present, Future” will soon launch. Sponsored by our Mission Integration Office, the series will focus on Pope Francis as servant leader and how he is influencing the embrace of the Gospel in the Church and wider world.

Stay cool, and enjoy the rest of the summer.

Peace and All Good,

Tom Flynn

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president's newsletter july 2015

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