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A Message from President Rooney

March 4, 2019

I hope this issue of Fisher Family News finds you doing well.

Dr. Gerard J. Rooney

While some of your students took the opportunity to vacation with friends this week or perhaps even spend some time at home, several of our athletic teams are on the road for their spring training, and we have a contingency of students and staff who traveled to Tampa, Florida, for a week of service. Wherever people have chosen to spend their break, I hope it is a good week away and a time to recharge before returning to campus for the final weeks of the spring semester.

Spring is always a busy semester, and this spring has been no exception. We have been hard at work focusing on activities and initiatives that support our Strategic Plan, coming together as a community particularly focused on one specific area that encompasses equity, inclusion, and community. We had another very successful Teddi Dance for Love, raising over $100,000 for Camp Good Days and Special Times. We’ve announced new graduate programs with our Master of Public Health and M.S. in Strategic Communication offerings, both of which we anticipate will be of interest to our current undergraduate students. And on March 21, we will hold our annual Career Fair, which has grown so big that this year, it will be in a variety of campus locations. Please be sure to tell your students to watch for details as the date approaches.

Finally, despite this wintry weather, the construction of our new Upper Quad Residence Hall remains in full swing, and we are on track for a fall opening. The new hall will include 155 beds in double rooms with private bathrooms, and students will also have access to several study rooms and lounge areas. You can see the progress in action through our live streaming webcam.

I hope that your student is continuing to grow both personally and academically while they are here with us and that they are enjoying their Fisher experience. As always, my door is open to them and to you if I can be of assistance.

For those of you with a student in the Class of 2019, I look forward to joining you at the Commencement Ceremony on May 11. Thank you all for your continued support of your student and of their time at Fisher. Best wishes to you, your family, and your student for the remainder of the semester.