President's Update

Barbara Gellman-Danley, Ph.D.

The 138th Anniversary Commencement is drawing near and promises to be a day filled with excitement, recognition, and well-deserved celebration. You will read an article in this edition of Tower & Times on our Commencement Speaker, Justice Judith French of the Ohio Supreme Court.  A recognized champion of education in Ohio, she promises to bring excellent perspective to our graduating class.  Rio Grande’s Class of 2014 boasts 391 graduates earning 413 degrees.  They will leave campus after Commencement to take on numerous roles in our society, and will—as others have done in the past—be valuable members of the workforce and loyal members of the Rio Alumni Family.  Best wishes Graduates!

The flurry of activity surrounding the end of another academic term is not confined to Commencement. This is the season of faculty and student awards, presentations, art exhibits and concerts. Spring officially made its presence known with warm sun, fresh breezes and the beautiful trees in full bloom.  We regularly see students enjoying campus activities—all the things that leave a lasting impression of college life at Rio.

I recently had the pleasure of attending the presentations of the Provost’s Academic Excellence Initiatives.  Our faculty and students have done outstanding work in their respective areas.  From social work and chemistry to the fine arts, the academic rigor of Rio Grande is well illustrated in these projects.  Please view the article on the presentations in the Academic Bulletin in this edition. This works bodes well for future employment as some former student participants are working in their respective fields, partially based on their research experience at Rio.

Other learning opportunities extend to the board members as well. Recently, University of Rio Grande Vice Chair, Dr. Alice Dachowski attended the annual meeting of the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) with me. Presentations deal solely with governance, and board-administrative relations and work. Additionally trustees attending learn about the latest national trends in higher education and discuss the impact on their respective institutions.

It is a pleasure to share with you the excitement of this time of year at Rio.  I hope you can join us in celebrating our 2014 graduating class on May 10, 2014.  It will be the fifth commencement over which I preside at Rio – every year is different and filled with great hopes and dreams. As I say each year, there is no greater reward for all our work than seeing the glisten in the graduates’ eyes as they receive their diplomas. We wish them our very best now and as future alumni.

Barbara Gellman-Danley, Ph.D.