Reunion Address · Connecticut College
On October 29, , I assumed the privilege of becoming your Alumni Association President for the next two years. While I have enjoyed a relatively long. Needless to say, the living room of the President's House was loud as the band During my installation speech, which seems like it was yesterday, The year before he died, Packer met with a group of young alumni who. A very pleasant evening to one and all gathered here. Honorable chief guest, dignitaries on dais, invited guests, graduates, parents and my dear friends.
Deferred renovation and unmet needs - Dartmouth is in a period of massive construction. Although not unprecedented in our history, the past 5 years have seen several major construction and renovation projects, and the next 10 years will see an even greater amount.
Some of our academic facilities do not meet the needs of modern scholarship, our classrooms need to be technologically enhanced, and our residential facilities are crowded and inadequate in number.
The list of projects either undertaken or already underway is daunting: We are in the midst of a renovation program for the residence halls and have already accomplished much here. We are currently renovating Baker Library, and we have begun planning for Kemeny Hall, a Life Sciences building, two new residence halls, a dining and social space that will be located north of campus, the expansion and renovation of the Arts complex, an expansion of Thayer School's facilities, and likely additional construction at Tuck following the opening of Whittemore Hall this month.
We have established our need for additional new and renovated athletic, recreational, and social space, and we hope to move forward with that area shortly. We must also provide dedicated space for the Dickey Center and the Humanities Center as well as improve faculty offices and classrooms on Dartmouth row.
This historic heart of academic programs needs to be maintained. We have refurbished Dartmouth, but now we need to work on all of the buildings on the row. Finally, we must ensure that our infrastructure supports the needs of the educational program.
For example, the computing environment must be adequate to the needs of our faculty and students. The quality of the undergraduate educational program - We need to affirm our traditional leadership role in undergraduate education, not only through our commitment to teaching but also by ensuring that the total environment is one that encourages learning. We must provide a diverse environment that allows our students to learn from each other, to understand and appreciate difference, and to have opportunities for international engagement.
We must provide opportunities for our students to engage in research with faculty. Students learn best in a hands-on, experiential learning environment. Dartmouth is already ahead of many of our peers in the strength of our off campus efforts.
Dartmouth sends more students abroad on our own programs than does any other comparable institution in this country. This is something that we can build on as we think about how to integrate these programs still further into on campus academic activities.
We will also be thinking about how else we can enhance our international offerings. The out of classroom experience must support and contribute to the learning environment. We must foster both a sense of community and sense of place that will engage and include all of our students. The Student Life Initiative aims specifically at this objective. We must underline also our commitment to professional and graduate schools.
Dartmouth was a true pioneer in the development of professional education.
We were the first institution of higher learning in this country to open a business school and the first to have an engineering school, and our medical school, founded inwas among the very first.
We have a proud tradition of educating men and women of the highest caliber to take up a profession. Our graduate programs are more recent but fit squarely within this tradition as well as our historic mission to create new knowledge. The professional schools are now engaging more with the Arts and Sciences and with the undergraduate program. This only enriches all of our work and needs to be encouraged. I face the dilemma of every one of my predecessors in the Wheelock succession: No doubt every other President of a university in the US today could make the same observation.
Our aspirations are ambitious, as well they should be, and our resources are finite. Despite our current financial strength, we will need to make choices.
We have made one, implicitly perhaps, now explicitly: Dartmouth is going to maintain a competitive niche with the strongest institutions in the country. We do not aspire to their size, but we will not concede quality - quality in the student body, quality in the faculty, quality in the strength of our programs, or quality in the nature of the experience we offer.
Over the past year we have undergone a major planning process under the leadership of Provost Prager to help us focus on some of our needs as we head into a capital campaign. Each school as well as the Arts and Sciences forwarded a set of priorities to the Provost, who established a committee to discuss and review all of these.
That committee summarized its findings in the report that is currently under discussion by the various faculties. The report is not a comprehensive assessment of programs and priorities as much as it is a summary of some needs and initiatives that could make a difference. This is an important discussion. The faculty have raised and considered some critical questions, as they must do, as we depend upon them to do.
The faculty play the critical role in shaping our academic priorities. We have already had some good and vigorous debates that have related to these priorities, and I am looking forward to further discussions as we sharpen our focus for the next campaign. The discussion will continue over the next few months. I hope that we can take an outline of our priorities to the Board of Trustees in February.
But even as we firm up our sense of where we must be strengthened, and where we must invest now, we will - we must - continuously discuss our academic priorities, our mission, our purposes as we work to provide a rich and stimulating program to our students. There is no more important task for an academic institution than periodically to review our strengths and to then decide on future directions.
President's 2014 Reunion Address
As a liberal arts institution we need to maintain the overall excellence of our undergraduate program. And the plan is to turn a not-so-beautiful piece of 70s architecture into a striking new space in the middle of our campus. It will include a central glass column and enlarged windows to bring natural light into the building. Our new Academic Resource Center will also be moving to the second floor of the new library, to provide students with even greater access to academic support.
Hillel You may have heard that we opened a new Hillel House this semester, with a generous gift from Henry Zachs and his family. Connecticut College has actually supported a Hillel student organization on campus for 25 years, but this new facility gives our Jewish students their first dedicated space on campus for study, reflection, and fellowship. The Zachs Hillel House is a gorgeous, shingled house on the northeastern corner of the campus, just beyond Winthrop, that has already become a sought-after meeting place for the whole community.
We had the formal dedication of the Hillel at the end of April, and it was clear, from those who spoke, that this new building was already making a huge difference for our students.
Career We are making a difference for our students with some other programs, too. You know, one of the things that impressed me when I came to Connecticut College was its enlightened approach to career advising.
For the last two decades, at least, this College has distinguished itself among its peers by offering a rigorous three-year career preparation program, along with funding for summer internships.
And so we are doing it.
In January, with support from Diane Y. It was a big success. In February, I announced another new opportunity for our students. Connecticut College is one of a dozen liberal arts colleges in the U. That is a Seattle-based company that is working to offer immersive programs for liberal arts students in real-world business challenges.Peter Dabrowski Alumni Association President
Students work with CEOs in high-growth startups or established industries on the West Coast currently in San Fran and Seattle to get hands-on training in areas like marketing or project management and to hone other marketable skills that may lead directly to employment.
The first six Connecticut College students who were chosen will start this summer. These kinds of offerings are, of course, critically important for our students who are stepping into uncertain times.
But, to me, they are also critically important for this College. In a very notable way, they hark back to the educational vision of this school at its beginning years ago. The founders of Connecticut College imagined a new kind of education for a new kind of woman at the dawn of a new century. So they combined rigorous liberal arts with practical training so that women could make a meaningful contribution to the world as soon as they graduated.
That original vision is all the more relevant today, and I am committed to building on that deep foundation to make a Connecticut College education even more distinctive — and valuable — for our own time. So I want to thank you all again for being here. We are very happy that you are all here to share in this celebration of the accomplishments and unique qualities of the fine members of our graduating class.
As a graduate nurse who successfully completed 3 and half years of education in nursing, I feel a huge sense of pride and achievement right now and I would like all of my fellow graduates to cast your minds back to day one of St. Success is defined in myriad ways and you will find that through so many people as you progress in your life journey. We are grateful to the management of St. As rightly said by Dr. Looking back helps us to gather lot of memories. Our days were not very easy and we tried each day to cope up with its tough schedules.
President James Wright's Alumni Council speech
But in all these, the most important thing we learned was striving for excellence with hard work and passion for nursing realizing the value of being a nurse. Each and every one of us graduating today has had to struggle, sacrifice and compromise in order to succeed and each of us takes something individual from our time at SMCON.
I have had many opportunities for personal and professional growth and I have been encouraged out of my comfort zone many times.
A person of infinite value, has the ability to make a profound difference in the lives of others, who gives most profoundly positive impact in those around her by the examples she set. We are grateful to God for giving us a person like that, our principal Sr.
Sister knows the strength and needs of the students and has helped us and given us meaningful opportunity for our professional development and instilled in us a passion for nursing as a profession. All of them toiled unselfishly, sharing their time, energy, talent and knowledge with us. With an open heart they were ever loving and supportive to all of us and helped us to bring out the best in us. We can never forget the help we enjoyed from the non-teaching staff who were always ready to extend their support and helping hand which made our journey an easy one.
Here we are with joy in our hearts and smiles on our face ready to challenge the future. Apart from our academic activities in the class room, we were enriched with clinical exposure to the wards, which were the best classroom to learn our nursing skills.
We gratefully remember the hospital management, for giving us the opportunity for the practical experience, the contribution by the ward in charges, staff nurses and doctors who were of great support to learn our practical skills. We thank all the patients who bore with us, when we practiced our nursing skills on them. A day came where we have to be away from our family and friends to join this family of St. And our stay in the hostel was made homely by our loving wardens Sr.
Kripa by their motherly care in all through our stay in the hostel. I am excited to remember the first time we met in august 23rd in St.