Monday Minute, July 25, 2011

Colleagues,

I wanted to update you on a few things that have transpired this summer.

Construction on the new digital fabrication lab in Rapson Hall is progressing well, scheduled for completion on August 1. The new space will be spectacular, and a great addition to the college's facilities. Also, the National Science Foundation has released one of our college's videos and have two more at the ready, which is part of our effort to get more national visibility for the great work that goes on in the college. To that end, we have also entered a partnership with Design Observer/Places that will enable us to get news about our programs, degrees, and research activities out to a very broad audience.

On a less positive note, the University has installed new lighting in the Rapson Hall auditorium that is unacceptable, and we have begun working with classroom management to rectify the situation. Because of the lead time on new fixtures, this will have to wait until the holiday break to rectify, but I wanted to let those of you who use the auditorium know that we will get this problem fixed.

That annoyance, though, hasn't deflected us from making great progress this summer administratively. We released the official announcement of Missy Bye's coming on board as the Head of DHA, and she has done a great job getting acclimated. We will also have more news at the beginning of the school year on what we have done this summer to move strategic planning in the college forward. There will be much for us to discuss this fall.

Let me end by sharing with you the sad news that Karen LaBat's husband and Ritu Bhatt's mother passed away this summer. Our condolences as a college go out to both of them. The funeral service for Joe LaBat, Karen's husband, will be on Friday, July 29, 11am at Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel, located at Fort Snelling State Park. Following his interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, friends and relatives are invited to a reception from Noon to 3pm at the Fort Snelling Officers' Club (395 Hwy. 5 & Post Rd., St. Paul, MN), where Joe asked Karen out for their first date.

Tom

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