Dear Faculty Colleagues:
Welcome back to the spring semester and a new year! I hope your time spent over the holidays was restful and allowed you to spend some quiet moments (and maybe some loud ones, too!) with family and friends. We are off to a great start this term with positive student retention levels and enrollments, including 300 new undergraduate students, and exciting developments in academic programs and support services. I plan to blog about these and other issues over the coming months, and you’ll also have an opportunity to hear about these from Fr. Garanzini during his upcoming State of the University addresses scheduled for the end of this month, Jan. 28 and 29.
Of course, as a faculty member, new developments in your fields are always of interest to me—whether in research or teaching, scholarly and professional collaborations, engagement with students, or activities in your departments and programs. Drop me a line this semester and let me know what you’re working on—I’d love to hear from you. And if you have published a book in 2013, please send a copy to my office so that it may be displayed among our library of Faculty Authors.
Finally, in 1964 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the baccalaureate address at the commencement ceremony for Wesleyan University in Connecticut, during which he was quoted as saying, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” As we approach the observation of Dr. King’s birth on January 20th, I ask that you take time to reflect on the significance of his words and his life’s work and their relevance for Loyola’s Jesuit, Catholic heritage and commitment to social justice.
Have a great semester,