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President Blomberg's monthly email newsletter to faculty and staff.

President's Office

September 2018

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to extend my thanks to all those who contributed their time and energy to the different activities that took place on our campus this summer. This was no small feat. For the past three months, our community welcomed guests numbering in the thousands, and we have all of you—our faculty, staff and students—to thank for creating such a lively and welcoming campus environment. Our Summer Fellows program and other student research and creative projects went incredibly well, as usual, and the second season of Summer Burst was a remarkable success.

To that end, I would like to thank CASE for their wonderful work in creating such a vibrant summer campus. I am also grateful to our facilities and IT staff for the extra commitment they made to prepare our grounds, residence halls and classrooms for our visitors and guests this summer. As you know, for seven weeks, our campus was home to several hundred Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) students and many CTY staff, and we provided wonderful support to them as they used our facilities to carry out their world-class educational programs.

Also of note: we had a weeklong visit from students and faculty from our sister school in Sendai Japan, Tohoku Gakuin University. And we opened our campus to surrounding communities by hosting 12 athletic camps, as well as Movies on the Lawn, in partnership with Collegeville Economic Development Corporation. You all truly worked together to raise the bar, and your effort is greatly appreciated!

We are already underway in an exciting and activity-filled year. I look forward to you sharing your insights at our first BLT of the semester on Oct. 2 at 12:30 p.m.

Sincerely,

President Blomberg

Community Conference

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Thank you to the core values team members who facilitated conversations at the annual community conference. There were many good themes and ideas generated that will support our continuing conversations in the fall. The team will be conducting multiple conversations with faculty, staff, and students, to determine language that captures the essence of these conversations. A values statement/set of institutional values will be presented to the campus community for approval. The final step will involve seeking the approval of the Board of Trustees at the winter board meeting.

Enrollment Marketing

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Vice President and Dean of Enrollment Management Dave Tobias and Tom Yencho, chief communications officer, will team together for a series of campus presentations about prospective student recruitment this fall semester. Dave, Tom and their teams have been partnering on new, highly customized marketing strategies for Ursinus that will begin to roll-out this fall. More details, including how faculty and staff can be involved in those efforts, are coming soon.

IDC Complete

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The start of the 2018-19 academic year also brings the opening of our newest academic building. The Innovation and Discovery Center recognizes that we must teach to careers that haven’t been invented yet, which is why it will infuse policy, entrepreneurship and science with a new approach. This is an ambitious, once-in-a-generation project that will foster creative and innovative thinking, which has always been a hallmark of the Ursinus experience. I encourage everyone to take a walk through the IDC and visit the U-Imagine and Parlee centers in their exciting new homes. On Saturday, October 27, we will celebrate the dedication of the IDC, starting at 12:30 p.m. I invite all members of the Ursinus community to join the celebration. Registration is required for this event.

Commons Update

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The much-anticipated start to the construction of the Commons has arrived, and our new campus gateway has already received media attention from the Philadelphia Business Journal and the Pottstown Mercury. Thank you for your continued patience through the construction phase of this project.

Campaign Update

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The Keep the Promise comprehensive campaign recently surpassed three-quarters of its campaign goal, with more than $75 million raised. Notably, we received a generous commitment from Trustee Will Abele ’61, his wife Joan Abele and the Abele Family Foundation to establish the Abele Scholars Program, which launched this fall with its first cohort of eight scholars. We are grateful to the Abeles and the Foundation for sponsoring this important program.

Ursinus College, Office of the President