Over the weekend, Professor Kim Johnson and I ran into one another at the Philadelphia airport, and she informed me that some of our students won awards at the International Textile and Apparel Association meeting there last week and over the weekend.
Last week we also saw architecture and landscape architecture students sweep the top three awards in Institute on the Environment's Sustainability Symposium. Two apparel students won first place and a $25,000 prize for a national hospital gown redesign competition sponsored by the Park Nicollet Foundation. The Discovery Channel was in town to do a segment on the work our product design students are doing. And the clothes some of our students are making for orphans in Haiti are complete and should arrive there later this month.
If anyone needed proof that our students are making a difference and an impact on the world, they need look no further than these few instances in the last week alone.
Their accomplishments are also a testament to the hard work you - our faculty and staff - do every day on their behalf. Because of the tools you give them, they are armed with the skills necessary to transform society for the better in the years ahead.
So thank you for all that you've done and continue to do.