There are few places more exciting than a college campus in August. The energy starts with our faculty, whose passion for teaching and research inspires the entire campus. Earlier this month, we introduced more than 50 new faculty members to UNCW. Their commitment to the journey of learning makes them terrific additions to one of the best university faculties in the nation.
The energy surge continues with our dedicated staff’s diligent work to prepare our campus for what promises to be an extraordinary year at UNCW. The excitement will hit fever pitch this Saturday when about 2,000 new freshmen will arrive ready to begin the journey of a lifetime. Thank you in advance to all of the volunteers who will be there to welcome our new freshmen to the Seahawk community. With your guidance and support, the applied learning experiences they will participate in while at UNCW will prepare them to respond effectively to the diverse opportunities and challenges that characterize life in the 21st century. You have a terrific opportunity to reach out to them, as well as your colleagues across campus, by participating in UNCWelcome. A wide variety of informative and fun events are planned to help our campus community celebrate the life of the university.
I also hope that you have had an opportunity to review and reflect on the Strategic Action Plan, developed by a campus committee under the leadership of Provost Denise Battles. It outlines our vision, values and goals, and clearly conveys UNCW’s ongoing commitment the journey of learning, the love of place, and the power of ideas and innovation.
As we begin UNCW’s 67th year as an institution of higher learning, I want you to know that I feel honored to work with you to educate tomorrow’s leaders. There is immense value in what we do and how we serve our students, the state of North Carolina and the world. Best wishes for an outstanding year.