Semester heading toward finish line with special events, commencement

Academic year coming to a close

You sure can tell that the semester is racing to its conclusion. Last week was a whirlwind for me, attending events, meeting with people and taking care of issues that need to be addressed before the end of the academic year.

Bobs Blog | Research Day

(from left) Eric Huse, Kelsey Mead, Kate Fochs, and Chancellor Meyer (not pictured are other members of the research team, Dr. Markie L. C. Blumer, Research Advisor and Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies/Marriage and Family Therapy Program and UW-Madison, Wisconsin HOPE Lab Affiliate, and student member, Amy Geislinger)

For example, I had a great lunch meeting with a group of students, three of whom are graduating, in the Certificate in Applied Ethics Program. Then I followed that with an inspiring time in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center viewing the student and faculty research projects on Research Day. Details of that celebration are available here.

Four students were honored for the quality of their projects, but I was amazed at the variety, detail and scholarship I saw in each and every project that filled the Great Hall.

Finally, I had a great time Wednesday evening at the annual banquet put on by the ASPIRE/Multicultural Student Services office celebrating the successes of students helped by those programs.

This time of year really keeps me on the run, but I truly am gaining a great understanding of the hard work and dedication that goes into the success stories we see in our students year in and year out.

Please participate in commencement

I would like to personally invite all faculty and staff to participate in the commencement ceremonies Commencementwe are holding Saturday, May 9, in Johnson Fieldhouse. When I was a faculty member and college dean, nothing excited me more than seeing my students walk across the stage and receive their diplomas from the chancellor.

Now it is my privilege to hand out those same diplomas to all those smiling students. I would like to have a large contingent of faculty and staff to share that moment with me. Undergraduate ceremonies are at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., as well as a Graduate School commencement at 5:30 p.m.

If you want to be part of the processional, please email If you wish to attend but not be a part of the ceremony contact Britta Miller at