Monday Minute, March 5, 2012: President Kaler and Challenging the Status Quo

mondayminute2.jpgDear Colleagues,

If you haven't yet had the opportunity to watch or read President Kaler's State of the University Address from last week, I encourage you to do so. You can read it in its entirety here. Both the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press editorialized favorably on it over the weekend as well.

There are a number of items worth noting; including the three-semester, year round calendar. As many of you know, our retail and graphic design programs are already moving in that direction, and, overall, I believe our College is uniquely suited to rise to the challenges President Kaler discussed last week - and has been promoting since coming on board last July.

At the core of each of our disciplines lies a healthy challenge of the status quo. We aim at being more efficient and effective in everything we do and that, essentially, is President Kaler's charge to each and every one of us. I'm excited and encouraged by the direction he is taking our University and believe that our College can both serve as an example for those changes and be instrumental in helping shape them.

Another point to note from his address: as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act that created land-grant institutions, President Kaler highlighted our MLA student Prescott Morrill, the great-grandnephew of Senator Justin Morrill from Vermont, near the end of his remarks. A nice tribute to Prescott and our College.

Have a pleasant and safe spring break.