At the beginning of every academic year faculty, staff, and students gather at our two campus locations to build community and enable people to reconnect or meet for the first time. The first of these gatherings will occur today, at 5:30 p.m. in the Rapson Hall courtyard, and the second will occur tomorrow, at noon, in the McNeal Hall atrium. I encourage you to come to one or both of those events and to enjoy the food and conversation there.
While our Blue Ribbon Committee recommended as a high priority that our college be located on one campus, our two-campus location may continue for some time because of the state's financial situation and the change in leadership at the University. However, depending upon who becomes governor of the state, according to President Bruininks, we could also see a major capital investment in the University as an economic stimulus, especially aimed at renovating existing buildings. If that occurs, we might find ourselves well-positioned to benefit. We'll have a better idea of this the day after election day, so stay tuned.