Day 89 - Friday, April 11, 2014
After spending a couple of analysis-filled days on our campus, the accreditation team from the Northwest Commission for College and Universities gave an oral summary of their report, a list of five commendations and four recommendations regarding our university. The report was very positive and will give us some things to work on.
Following my meetings with the evaluation team I join in with SUU Preview Day for a welcome to students thinking about attending SUU this coming fall semester. Among other things, I told them they could not find another university whose faculty and staff were more committed to their success than those at SUU.
I then met with Professor Michael Stathis to discuss a class we plan to team teach in the Political Science and Criminal Justice department during the July summer session. I always look forward to teaching.
Next I visited with Jim Volz who was on our campus conducting a review of our College of Performing and Visual Arts (apparently it’s the week of accreditation for us) along with Dan Frezza. Jim had a lot of great things to say about CPVA and, of course, recommendations in order for us to realize our goal of receiving accreditation through the National Association of Schools of Theatre.
Bridget Eastep, the Director of the Outdoor Engagement Center, and I visited along with two outdoor recreation students who play a role in leading many of the outdoor activities. One of southern Utah’s main advantages is, in my opinion, the outdoor opportunities and the proximity to seven National Parks.
For lunch I joined the attendees of the Women and Gender Studies Luncheon. The event was held at my home in the Tradition Room. Trustee Ann Marie McIff Allen was the keynote speaker at the lunch.
This afternoon Kathy and took the long drive to Rexburg, Idaho for a relative’s wedding Saturday. Saturday was full of wedding and travel—the first Saturday since my start at SUU three months ago that was not at least 50% spent on the listening tour and university work. I’ll take work over driving from Rexburg, Idaho to Cedar City, Utah any day of the week!