|UM-Flint Campus News from the Desk of Chancellor
| Ordinarily I would
devote this column to something related to March, but this
time is an exception. Instead, I want to draw your attention
to April 1 - an important day for our campus. First, we will
be celebrating the official launch of our "new" Barnes &
Noble bookstore. After a complete renovation (during which the
bookstore remained open), the bookstore will celebrate its
"new look" on April 1 at 10 a.m.|
will be hosting a Critical Issues Forum on that same day.
Noted author and alumnus Christopher Paul Curtis will be the
featured speaker for this event. Christopher has served as the
2010 Winegarden Professor this year and his visit has been a
resounding success. He is a wonderful, engaging speaker and a
great contributor to our campus.
1 is Census Day. A variety of events will take place around
the city that day. Weather permitting, the Mayor and I (and
others) will walk to the Post Office to personally mail our
Census forms. Stay tuned for more information about Census
activities, and be sure to fill out and mail your form. We all
need to be counted!
While it is always a good day to be from
UM-Flint, Sunday March 20, was an especially good day! The
all-university Honors Convocation was held that afternoon to
celebrate the success of our most high-achieving students on
all three UM campuses. A number of our students were
recognized from the audience and were supported in their
attendance by Dr. Mary Jo Sekelsky, Vice Chancellor for
Student Affairs. Seated with me on stage was UM-Flint student
Katie Schott, who was one of eighteen students recognized as
an Angell Scholar with seven consecutive terms of all "A's."
Also seated with me was freshman UM-Flint student Matthew
Duncan, who was selected to sing the National Anthem. Matthew
did an outstanding job and numerous members of the platform
party commented to me afterward that his performance was the
best they had ever heard of the National Anthem.
Congratulations to Katie and Matthew and our other student
Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Budget and Strategic
Planning is working diligently to develop the membership of
our Strategic Planning Steering Committee and seven Task
Forces (Learning, Scholarship, and Professional Development;
Student Life; Academic Programs; Outreach and Engagement;
Physical Space; Diversity; and Enrollment). I expect to be
sending letters of invitation to the individuals who have
volunteered or been asked to serve within the next week or so.
As you can imagine, this process has been no small task,
trying to match areas of interest with the various topics. I
am grateful to the CAC/BSP for their diligent work on behalf
of this effort.
Each year the
University sponsors a Congressional Breakfast in Washington.
This year, UM-Flint sponsored our own table and invited a
number of local alumni to join us. We all enjoyed our
interaction with our Washington D.C. Flint alums, and next
year I hope we can sponsor two
for reading "BlueNotes!"
Public Library Interviews
Executive Officers (Ann
laid off, now what?"
3/5-8- American Council on
3/8-9- Washington D.C Congressional
3/10- Transportation Technology
3/12- Social Work
3/13- NAACP Dinner
3/15- Risk Assessment
3/16- Executive Officers (Ann Arbor); Hurley
3/18- Board of Regents (Ann Arbor);
Reception for David Brandon
3/19- Census Press
3/20- Honors Convocation (Ann
3/21- NASM Accreditation Visit; Outreach
3/23- Executive Officers (Ann Arbor);
Student Forum; Greek Life Event
3/25- Pentagon Music Event (Washington
3/26- Kappa Sigma Dinner
3/27- Cesar Chavez March & Earth
3/29- Leadership Video; Hurley Strategic
3/30- Executive Officers (Ann Arbor); Vocal
3/31- Sodexo Meeting; East Village