Welcome back to campus. I hope you all had a terrific holiday season and happy new year. This is the first edition of the new consolidated DSU administrative newsletter that will include messages from myself, Provost Lacourse, Vice President Gitau and other campus leadership as appropriate. We also intend to highlight a broad spectrum of upcoming campus activities and events that may be of interest.
I want to begin by expressing my appreciation for the opportunity I have had to work with Marilyn Lamoreaux over the last few years. As most of you know, she will be retiring this Friday with 17 years of service at DSU. She has had a terrific career working as the assistant to Presidents Huddleston, Caldwell, Nadauld, and me. More importantly, Kristin and I consider Marilyn and her husband, Terry, dear friends. She has provided a friendly, professional first impression of the University to the broader community, responsiveness and competence to the campus community, as well as expert support to the Board of Trustees during that time.
Theresa Bondad will be my new assistant. She previously worked at DSU in the Multicultural Diversity Center and most recently worked for Leavitt Group Enterprises in Cedar City. She holds a master’s degree from Chaminade University. Please stop by sometime and introduce yourself to Theresa. She will be a great asset to my office moving forward.
I have been reading with great interest the strategic plan mid-year reports that have been submitted recently by all of the implantation team leaders. Great work continues to be done as campus focuses on assessing our plan’s progress in a meaningful way and work teams collaborate more purposely both within goals and across goals. The annual Strategic Plan Report Out meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 18.
A group of DSU employees, including myself, will be attending Washington County’s “What’s Up Down South” Economic Summit later this week. I am looking forward to attending Provost Lacourse’s presentation in which he will provide an overview of DSU’s academic direction and solicite feedback and support from the community.
A note of congratulation is in order for DSU student Dillon McKinney, who was selected for the DSU 2017 Community Engaged Student Leadership Award and was recently selected from a distinguished group of peers throughout the Western Region of Campus Compact for an award at the upcoming Continuums of Service Conference in Denver, CO.
Finally, a reminder that the Utah State Legislative Session begins on January 23. Our campus legislative representatives Frank Lojko and Henrie Walton will be tracking bills and issues closely and will keep us all updated in real time as developments unfold.
Thanks for all you do for Dixie.
Have a great spring term,