Today I attended the 2013 UW-Parkside convocation. While it was nice to see folks from many different sectors of the university gather to celebrate successes and learn about new initiatives, I’m a bit disappointed that we don’t have the type of convocation I’m used to attending, a gathering for new students where they hear a few short speeches, learn some of the traditions of the university, and are motivated to start the year strongly. Last week I spoke with the Dean of Students to suggest that we should co-chair a committee to explore possibilities for establishing a campus signature event; I’ll have to see if she also wants to add a new student convocation to the planning agenda. If so, we’ll definitely need to look into including a dynamic sophomore speaker like the one this year at Georgia Tech!
Laura Coffin Koch — September 5, 2013
I love our New Student Convocation at the University of Minnesota. It helps start the year with energy: the energy of the first-year students who are excited to start their new journey; the energy of our speakers - a faculty member who spoke on play and creativity; a recent graduate who told students to make this their university and to try new things, even if they were scary; and the president, who had a fun little video and told the students to use their Strengths and make wise decisions; and of course, their was the 350 piece band bringing the crowd of 600+ to their feet at they marched into Mariucci.
Walt Jacobs — September 5, 2013
Thanks Laura. We won't be able to have the big marching band here at UW-P, but we can add the other things!