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Bearings: News and Perspectives for Academic Affairs

Bearings: News & Perspectives for Academic Affairs

Start Strong, Armstrong

Aug 11, 2013, 10:54 pm - Carey Adams

Last Friday morning hundreds of new students filed into Alumni Arena to participate in a rally as part of the Week of Welcome.  The rally kicked off a full day of activities centered around the new First Class learning communities.  Orchestrated by Dr. John Kraft and executed by a veritable host of faculty, staff and student leaders, the day's success demonstrated Armstrong's core strength: people putting forth extraordinary effort, pulling together with colleagues across campus, to serve our students.

Friday's rally featured a cavalcade of stars: Vice President of Advancement Bill Kelso served as emcee, cheerleaders tossed "Start Strong" giveway items, and Navigate leaders engaged students in fun activities.  First Class instructors met with their learning communities, and the day capped off with an outdoor concert by two popular local bands.  Dozens and dozens of faculty, staff and students volunteered to help make the day a success.

This may have been the showiest display of teamwork last week, but it certainly was not the only one.  The Financial Aid Office encountered a perfect storm of high volume traffic, malfunctioning phone lines, and having to deploy half of their counselors to assis with move-in on Thursday and Friday.  Staff afnd student workers from every division volunteered to answer phones in Victor Hall so that students and parents were greeted by a human voice and an assurance of when their calls would be returned.

Last Tuesday Dr. Teresa Winterhalter again led the annual new faculty orientation program, with assistance from faculty and staff from across campus offering their help and expertise.  A new department head orientation session on Wednesday featured many of the same participants.  These are just a few of many examples of Armstrong employees reaching across units to serve others.  I could point also to the many people who volunteered to help students move into the residence halls and those who will stand in the heat on Monday to dispense lemonade and directions to students arriving for classes.

Thank you to everyone for what you are doing to help our students start strong this fall.  You are what makes Armstrong strong.