Dear Colleagues and Friends,
As we close the chapter on the academic year and send forth another graduating class to make its mark, I wanted to write and express my thanks for all that you continue to do for our students.
This was truly a sensational year. Among the many highlights were visits by Barack Obama, Maya Angelou and Bruce Springsteen. We gained state approval for a new pharmacy school. We took a prominent leadership role in educating veterans and welcomed to campus a strong contingent under the new GI Bill. Our acclaimed Rothman Institute celebrated its 20th anniversary of offering extraordinary entrepreneurial programs. We appointed 24 faculty to U.N. committees and continued to feature a full slate of U.N. Pathways Ambassador Forums. Two faculty earned Fulbright Scholar grants. Our capital campaign, FDU NOW, surpassed $45 million, and we dedicated the Frank Giovatto Library to honor a dear friend. And our Division I women’s bowling team won its second national championship in the last five years.
Last week, we enjoyed our 67th annual Commencement exercises. In addition to honoring our exceptional graduates, we had the special opportunity to salute the very first graduating class of FDU-Vancouver. Did you happen to view the Webcast of the ceremony (www.fdu.edu/commencement)? If you did, you were in good company. The Webcast has been viewed almost 10,000 times — nearly twice the number of last year — with 1,300 international viewers from 56 countries! Also, this year for the first time the Grad Greetings video was uploaded to YouTube, and it quickly became the most popular video on our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/fdu). The Grad Greetings offer a poignant look at the graduates and well portray their sense of gratitude and joy.
We also recently had the opportunity to query graduating seniors about their education at FDU. The questionnaire, constructed and distributed by FDU’s PublicMind™, was completed by almost 300 seniors, and it indicates that our efforts to provide an outstanding global education are having a significant impact. A strong majority of our participating seniors are familiar with our mission and believe FDU has prepared them well for success in the global economy. Specifically, 86 percent know that our mission is to prepare world citizens through global education and most (ranging from 69 to 79 percent) agree that it is important to have a global perspective, to understand people from different cultures and to have knowledge of global issues. About 80 percent say that FDU helped improve their knowledge of global issues and different cultures, and 80 percent are satisfied with their academic experiences at FDU.
Such results, as well as our recent highlights, are a tribute to all that our community has done to bring our global mission to life. Thank you for your continued commitment to our University, and thank you for so wonderfully serving our students.
I wish you all a healthy, restful and productive summer!