The Alexandria Campus opened its 2017 spring semester by hosting a day of motivation, preparation and fun through its convocation at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Provost M. Annette Haggray updated faculty and staff about important campus details, events and expectations.
Haggray acknowledged recent achievements by faculty including Professor Jonathan Kolm becoming a recipient of the President’s Sabbatical Award and thanked the deans for their efforts throughout the 2016 fall semester.
“There’s a lot of really good work going on for a specific purpose and that is to make sure our students are prepared and able to make informed decisions about their career paths,” Haggray said.
During her short presentation, Haggray expressed her interest in Alexandria Campus faculty and staff working together to create campus goals and a strategy that will include concise action steps where the Campus can see small success along the way toward achieving their goals.
Before faculty left for breakout sections with their departments, Haggray encouraged them to continue their dedicated work which she acknowledges is not always an easy task.
“The work we do is sometimes very challenging, but it’s very rewarding,” Haggray said. “I just want to thank you for the work you’re doing. I’m grateful to work with campus leaders who enjoy what they do and faculty that really care about the success of their students.”
Faculty were briefed on a number of campus updates including new signage throughout the Bisdorf Building. Haggray also informed the faculty that the new fine arts building will be open by the time summer classes begin and the Campus will begin to organize and prepare a ribbon cutting or celebration event.
A number of options are being considered for the old Tyler Building, including renovating it and opening it as an early college high school.