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Now that spring break is behind us, final tests are not that far away. But I can already tell you that as a campus, you’ve made the grade. Your open doors and open hearts have shown students they are not alone during this pandemic. As faculty and staff, you have mentored, advised and encouraged students through the challenges you are...

Rural Wings Up!

Dear Students, On Saturday morning, you made headlines in the Wall Street Journal. Peggy Noonan told the world what I already knew. You are hardworking, less cynical, more earnest. You are mature, gracious and welcoming. And smart. You came here to change your world and the world around you. Now I’d like to tell you about an opportunity to get involved...
It’s Thanksgiving week, and I know all of us are anxious to spend special time with family, friends, food, and football. Although not totally American, the practice of periodically pausing to show thankfulness has been a part of the American story since early colonial days. However, it is noteworthy that Thanksgiving did not become an annual federal holiday until President...
As we welcomed our new and returning students to campus this week, I was struck yet again by their enthusiastic spirit and infectious optimism for the future. You cannot help but be excited and equally optimistic after spending even a few minutes with any one of them. To hear their personal stories of family and home – and their...