President Bierman spoke to a full house Thursday morning, as members of the college’s faculty and staff packed Moore Lounge to hear about the budget, student life, and screen a performance by the Rock River Turtle Stompers.
“There’s so much good about what we do,” Bierman told those assembled, before ending on a sunny note: he predicts clear skies and 75 degrees for next Sunday’s Commencement ceremony.
Below are some of the highlights of his presentation.
Spring board meeting
- The board met on campus in April; they discussed the budget, approved faculty promotions, and reviewed the president’s performance
Year in review
- President Bierman cited the successful curricular review as one of the defining factors of the year
- After a two-year hiatus, the college has re-instituted tenure-track hiring
- The college celebrated 50 years of study abroad, and was honored with the Senator Paul Simon Award
- The men’s baseball team is in the conference play-offs
- Outgoing Dean of Students Bill Flanagan was given a round of applause for his three decades of service
- Staff were invited to next Thursday’s (May 12) Senior Gala
- The Annual Fund is seeing a 10 percent increase over last year
- Other gifts are up 20 percent
- The endowment has gone up to $118 million (it was $84 million when President Bierman came to the college)
- Staff Symposium is taking place May 18
- New curricular requirements will take effect with fall’s incoming first-years
- Reunions will start happening in the summer, rather than the fall
- The college is switching from enterprise resource planning system Datatel to Jenzabar