From the Desk of Dr. Karen Haynes
A Fast and Full Start to Fall
September 30, 2013
The fall semester is off to a fast start. We welcomed 12,000 students to campus, our largest class ever. We opened phase II of the Quad student housing, and our athletics teams are already posting banner seasons. The energy and excitement are palpable, especially as we continue to watch our student union take shape and anticipate its spring opening.
For me, fall always brings a host of events, a chance for me to reconnect with our supporters and our campus community. The semester began with my annual President’s Circle reception. The event brings current and potential donors to campus to hear from students, staff and faculty about the good work that we are doing here. This year, guests heard from Dr. Lorena Meza, vice president for student affairs, student Trustee Cipriano Vargas, and Brittany Forrester, a former foster youth set to graduate in May.
A few evenings later, I was delighted to welcome members of the Rancho Sante Fe Foundation to campus for an event to support military veterans through higher education. The foundation made a generous donation toward our new veteran’s center.
The following week, I held dinners at my home for our Alumni Board and the ASI Board of Directors, and the new Campus Connect class stopped by my office for an afternoon of discussion and Q&A. Each of these events is an opportunity for me to share the university’s accomplishments and goals and to hear from students, staff, and alumni.
With our growing student population and alumni base (now more than 30,000), it’s important that I connect with our campus and our communities. We are educating the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, thinkers and doers, and I want others to be as in awe of our students and our campus as I am. So as we move through the year, I look forward to hearing and sharing the many success stories that exist at this vibrant and dynamic university.