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A recap: conversation with the president

May 5, 2011


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

Student Life

  • 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)

 Looking ahead

  • 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