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Bearings: News and Perspectives for Academic Affairs

Bearings: News & Perspectives for Academic Affairs

My Armstrong Experience - Week Two

Aug 20, 2012, 04:05 pm - Carey Adams

Recently I told a group of freshmen that it still feels strange to welcome people to Armstrong when I still am being welcomed to campus by someone new just about every day. Armstrong quickly is becoming "home" to me, but every week, if not every day, brings new experiences and new things to appreciate. Often when we have been someplace for a while and have settled into our routines we stop noticing many of the great things going on around us. As the new guy, I want to point out and name the many points of excellence that I am observing and in the process perhaps remind all of us not to take our many accomplishments for granted. As the new guy, I am having my own Armstrong experience, and from time to time I would like to reflect some of it back to you.

I ended last week and began this new week attending two inspiring events. On Friday the Office of Faculty Development kicked off the Faculty Reading Roundtables and Faculty Learning Communities with over 100 participants. Faculty, staff and administrators from across campus gathered to collect our books and get acquainted with in our groups. Seeing the stacks of books lined up on the table reminded me of how exciting Scholastic book order days were back in grade school! Talking with colleagues about good books and interesting ideas is one of the real pleasures of working on a college campus but one which easily is crowded out by the busyness of our daily schedules. It's wonderful to see so many people intentionally deciding to build in time for these discussions. Didn't sign up in time to join one of these formal groups? Pick a few friends, pick a book, then pick a day to have lunch. It's as easy as that!

Sunday evening it was my pleasure to join a number of other campus and community leaders to welcome participants in the new M.O.V.E. (Men of Vision and Excellence) program, our grant-funded initiative aimed at fostering success among African American male students. Twenty or so freshmen turned out to meet their upperclassmen mentors, members of Armstrong's nationally-recognized Collegiate 100, leaders of 100 Black Men of Savannah, Inc., and representatives from Armstrong's Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. M.O.V.E. is a collaboration between the Office of Multicultural Affairs and First Year Experience. It was exciting to see so many people committing themselves to the success of these young men and to hear them talk about their college ambitions. This is just one example among the many innovative programs underway at Armstrong to improve student success. Whether through M.O.V.E., Armstrong Latino, the new First Class freshman seminar, learning communities, advising, or other opportunities, I encourage you to become directly involved in our efforts to help new students succeed academically and become connected at the university.

Have a great week,
Carey