A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

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Posted on May 8, 2014

Portrait of Interim University President Geraldine Jones.

To: All students, faculty and staff
From: Interim President Geraldine M. Jones

Commencement Week is a time of celebration. There’s a sense of excitement in the air as the semester comes to a close and we prepare for graduation ceremonies.

Springtime has arrived at last, and our buildings and grounds have never looked better. I want to thank those hard-working staff members who have planted, painted and polished every inch of our campus to get it ready for visitors. Thanks, too, to those staff members who have been handling last-minute requests and working with students and families as the semester winds down. Your efforts make Cal U a place we all can be proud of.

Our faculty members are busy reading exams and finalizing grades, but tomorrow I’ll join them to honor the recipients of this year’s Faculty Professional Development Committee Merit Awards. These faculty members — Drs. Shelly DiCesaro, Kyle Fredrick, Mary Seman, Sean Madden and Sarah Meiss — have been recognized by their peers for excellence in grants and contracts, research, service, teaching, and technology.

The FPDC recognition event also celebrates the accomplishments of other grant and award recipients. It focuses attention on the outstanding work of our Cal U faculty, their commitment to professional growth and their essential role in our University’s core mission. I applaud all of our caring, committed faculty members for their professional achievements, and for their efforts on behalf of our students.

For underclassmen, this can be a bittersweet week of good-byes and promises to meet again. For some, it’s a time of preparation for internships or summer jobs. I wish all our returning students a productive summer, wherever it takes them, and I look forward to welcoming them back in August.

I’ll share my thoughts with our master’s degree candidates and graduating seniors at our Graduates Dinner this evening, and at Commencement on Friday and Saturday. For now, let me simply say this: I am proud of every one of you, because I know how hard you’ve worked to reach this moment. I can’t wait to see you walk across the stage to accept your diploma, and I’ll be thrilled to share the moment with so many of your family members and friends.

Within days, you will be part of an important group — Cal U’s newest class of alumni. Please come back often. Join us for Homecoming, alumni gatherings and campus events. Call on Career Services, a lifetime benefit for all Cal U graduates. Visit your mentors or become a mentor yourself.

Now and for always, you are part of Cal U. And our doors will always be open to you.

With warm wishes,

Interim President Jones' signature.

Meet Interim President Geraldine M. Jones