Calm Before the Storm
I have often heard this saying, but it was never more apt than today. On this brilliantly sunny summer day, our faculty returned from their summer activities to prepare for the excitement of a new term. Fifteen new faculty members were introduced and their impressive credentials and experiences complemented those of our existing roster of talented scholar-teachers. While the faculty met, student orientation leaders spread checkered tablecloths on outdoor tables in preparation for tonight’s welcome barbeque for first-year students and their families.
While all seems ready for a calm start to the academic year, there is a flurry of behind-the-scenes planning to address potential chaos as Hurricane Irene barrels up the east coast. We are taking heed and watching the storm carefully, preparing for the safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff, and hoping that our lives and our educational programs will not be unduly affected.