Women of Color Health Expo Set for Friday in the Grove

Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement seeks to educate Oxford community

woc1OXFORD, Miss. – Educating women about health issues and promoting healthier lifestyles are the focus of a Women of Color Health Expo, set for Friday (Oct. 21) in the Grove at the University of Mississippi.

The event, set for 4-7 p.m., is free and open to all. It will include a “kid zone” with inflatables, activities and treats so that parents can enjoy the expo.

The featured experts are Nancy Hooks, a certified nurse practitioner and owner of Hooks Diabetes & Medicine Clinic in Tupelo, and Mariana Jurss, a registered dietician with RebelWell.

“(I will be) using my heart and hands to heal in health care,” Hooks said.

The racial health disparities for women of color often are linked to access, affordability and not taking preventative measures.

“Our goal is to provide education on certain diseases that are prominent for women of color, such as diabetes, breast cancer and obesity,” said Alexandria White, assistant director for the UM Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement, which is sponsoring the event.

“We also want to provide nutritional information to aid in healthier lifestyles. We plan to demonstrate healthy and holistic physical activities such as yoga and Zumba to attendees.”

This event was made possible by a grant the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement received from the Highlander Research and Education Center.

The Highlander Center, in New Market, Tennessee, was founded in 1932. It serves as an adult education center for community workers involved in social and economic justice movements. Its goal was and is to provide education and support to poor and working people fighting economic injustice, poverty, prejudice and environmental destruction.

Several area businesses also have donated items for prize giveaways during the expo, White said.

Campus Event to Help Community Prepare for Disaster

Students urged to check out first-ever UM ReadyCampus on Wednesday

Mississippi's tornado season includes March, April and November. Photo by Robert Jordan UM Brand Photography Services

Mississippi’s tornado season includes March, April and November. Photo by Robert Jordan UM Brand Photography Services

OXFORD, Miss. – As November approaches, the beginning of another tornado season threatens the South. On Wednesday (Oct. 19), an interactive campus disaster preparedness event will help University of Mississippi students and employees prepare for the worst.

ReadyCampus, a Federal Emergency Management Agencysponsored event, is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Ole Miss Student Union plaza. The event is designed to educate students, faculty and staff through interactive and informational booths as well as a disaster response vehicle.

“This is a campuswide preparedness event, and ReadyCampus is a keystone program for FEMA,” said Barbra Russo, the university’s emergency management coordinator. “They are excited we are hosting it for the first time at Ole Miss.”

Booth sponsors include the American Red Cross, National Weather Service Memphis, Oxford Police Department, Oxford Emergency Management, University of Mississippi Medical Center Emergency Management, Mississippi Department of Homeland Security, and the UM Emergency Management Services and Clinical-Disaster Research Center.

Stefan E. Schulenberg, UM professor of psychology and director of the Clinical-Disaster Research Center, conducted the most recent disaster preparedness survey this past spring.

Interactive and informational booths will be set up in front of the Student Union on October 19, from 11a.m.- 2p.m. for ReadyCampus, an effort to teach students about disaster preparedness. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications

Interactive and informational booths will be set up in front of the Student Union on October 19, from 11a.m.- 2p.m. for ReadyCampus, an effort to teach students about disaster preparedness. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications

“It is through this kind of preparation that we can help people and communities to be empowered when adversity occurs on a large scale,” Schulenberg said. “We know from the data we’ve collected that many students at UM are not prepared for the wide range of disasters that may occur.”

Unknown to many UM students, Oxford is near the New Madrid earthquake fault. To promote earthquake awareness, the Great American ShakeOut Drill will occur the following day (Oct. 20) at 10:20 a.m.

The drill, occurring at universities, businesses and schools across the nation that day, will prepare students how to protect themselves and others, survive and recover rapidly.

“We are hoping to change the awareness by educating, motivating, and inspiring our students, as well as our faculty and staff,” Schulenberg said. “Disaster preparedness is something that we can do together as a means of building a stronger, more resilient community.”

For more information follow #ReadyRebs on social media or visit https://www.ready.gov/campus.

Students Gain Valuable Experience During Summer in Bolivia

Croft Institute, sociology and anthropology faculty start field school as study abroad opportunity

Founded in 2010, the Bolivia Field School is a partnership between the University of Mississippi and the Universidad Catolica Boliviana Social Science Field School in La Paz.

Founded in 2010, the Bolivia Field School is a partnership between UM and the Universidad Catolica Boliviana Social Science Field School in La Paz.

OXFORD, Miss. – Eight University of Mississippi students immersed themselves in the culture and history of Bolivia this summer as they explored ethnography, the study of the customs of people groups and cultures, and social scientific methods, all against the backdrop of the Andes Mountains.

Victoria Burrow, a junior from Pascagoula; Allie Gersdorf, a senior from Grossenaspe, Germany; Andrew Hayes, a senior from Saltillo; Caroline Malatesta, of Lyon, who graduated in August; Sarah Meeks, a junior from Madison; Thomas Moorman, a senior from Madison; Lizzy Pitts, a senior from Indianola;  and Alexis Smith, a junior from Picayune, spent four weeks in the South American nation.

Their time there included intensive hands-on training in the social scientific and ethnographic fields under the supervision of Kate M. Centellas, Croft associate professor of anthropology and international studies, and Miguel Centellas, Croft instructional assistant professor of sociology

“Bolivia is a fascinating place, very dynamic and diverse, so there are plenty of opportunities for a range of interests,” Kate Centellas said. “We also strongly value service learning and international experience, and we were particularly happy that a partner NGO, Fundación Suyana, took us to visit some of the families in the rural Altiplano that had benefited from their health promotion projects.

“This visit was powerful for our students and made the importance of social science research real for them in terms of how it can be applied to impact peoples’ lives for the better.”

The Bolivia Field School allows students to travel to La Paz, conduct individual research and study the politics, history and culture of the Andes through active and experimental learning.

The UM students used the Bolivia culture as a case study. Specifically, they studied the impact and implications Spanish colonization had on the culture and languages of South America.

The experience was particularly fulfilling for Pitts, who is majoring in Spanish and liberal studies with majors in society and population health, biology, and chemistry. Because Pitts is from the “flatlands of the Mississippi Delta,” she always found mountains appealing, and that is what initially drew her to the Bolivia program, she said.

The campus culture at Ole Miss prepared her well for studying abroad, Pitts said.

“It taught me to love strangers more than I thought was possible; to embrace others for who they are despite our differences in political views, race, gender identification, sexual orientation or religion,” she said. “It taught me how to find joy in the difficult times when we blew big football games; it taught me to listen when others are speaking; it taught me to deal with adversity and move forward confidently.

“All of my experiences helped prepare me because Ole Miss prepares you for life outside of school and our quaint bubble of Oxford.”

Kate and Miguel Centellas founded the Bolivia Field School, which they co-run, in 2010. The school is in partnership with UM and the Universidad Católica Boliviana Social Science Field School in La Paz, where Miguel Centellas serves as the co-director of the joint program.

“The field school in La Paz, Bolivia, is an excellent study abroad opportunity for students who wish to gain hands-on research training in a range of social scientific research methods,” said Kirsten Dellinger, UM chair and professor of sociology and anthropology. “This program reflects our dedication to in-depth methodological training, engaged learning and global citizenship.”

The program’s goal is to provide students with firsthand experiences with archives, nongovernmental organizations and research institutions while developing a research project, Kate Centellas said.

The work “is a shining example the role faculty should be playing in university efforts to internationalize our curriculum,” Dellinger said.

The Croft Institute for International Studies, where both professors work, is a rigorous undergraduate program geared for students majoring in international studies and who are interested in developing an understanding extending beyond the borders of the United States.

Students choose a foreign language to specialize in, then a corresponding region and finally a focus, such as economics, politics or culture. Students in Croft are required to study abroad in their country of study for a semester.

Both Kate and Miguel Centellas are working to return to Bolivia in summer 2017 and include new opportunities for students, such as working in a rural health clinic.

Any undergraduates interested in the Bolivia Field School should contact Kate or Miguel Centellas at kmcentel@olemiss.edu or mcentell@olemiss.edu. Information can also be found at the Study Abroard office in Martindale Hall.

Nominations Sought for 2017 Common Reading Experience

Community invited to suggest books for next year's freshman class

2016 Orientation leaders pass out copies of this year’s Common Reading Experience selection, ‘Ten Little Indians.' Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Communications

2016 Orientation leaders pass out copies of this year’s Common Reading Experience selection, ‘Ten Little Indians.’ Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – Read any good books lately that you think others would enjoy? If so, now is the time to share your recommendations, as nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Common Reading Experience at the University of Mississippi.

Faculty, staff and students, as well as alumni and anyone in the greater Oxford community, are invited to take part in the selection process by nominating a suggested title.

This will be the seventh year for the project, which provides all incoming freshmen and transfer students with the selected book, with the requirement that it be read before the fall semester begins. The text is then used during classes across the curriculum for discussion, enriching a sense of community among classmates.

The larger university family, including faculty and staff, are also encouraged to read the book.

“There are a thousand ways for students to learn, from downloads to blogs,” said Kirk A. Johnson, associate professor of sociology and African-American studies and co-chair of the Common Reading Experience selection subcommittee.

“But books will always be the cornerstone of their college experience. And by assembling a diverse group of interested parties from across the campus, we’re guaranteed to select a memorable book with broad appeal.”

The selection committee meets weekly from mid-October through January to discuss all suggestions and finalize a recommendation. Nominations can be made via the online form at http://umreads.olemiss.edu/suggest-a-book/ until Nov. 11.

Variety is important, so recommendations from diverse people are encouraged. A few key qualities of desirable books are that they are less than 400 pages, available in paperback, written by a living author, published within the last five years and accessible to both students and community readers.

The 2016 Common Reading Experience selection is “Ten Little Indians,” written by Sherman Alexie. Previous selections include “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by Rebecca Skloot (2011), “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter,” by UM professor Tom Franklin (2012), “The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education” by Craig Mullaney (2013), “The Girls of Atomic City” by Denise Kiernan (2014) and “The Education of a Lifetime” (2015), a memoir by UM Chancellor Emeritus Robert Khayat.

“Reading and the exchange of ideas are at the heart of learning, especially in higher education,” said Leslie Banahan, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and committee co-chair. “The Common Reading Experience provides opportunities for students, faculty and staff to engage in discussions about one book and one author.

“The experience strengthens the overall academic atmosphere of the university, connects students to peers and instructors, and provides a variety of programs and events that are linked to the selected book. It’s one of many efforts to enrich new students’ first year at the University of Mississippi.”

Croft Institute Welcomes Incoming Scholars

This year's cohort is program's largest and most academically qualified ever

The Croft Institute for International Studies welcomes scholars (Back Row left to right): Kylie Bring, Cristina Pendergrast, Joey Baker, (Front Row left to right): Emma Rice, Lauren Newman, Summer Caraway, Jessica Flynn and Olivia George

The Croft Institute for International Studies welcomes scholars (Back Row left to right): Kylie Bring, Cristina Pendergrast, Joey Baker, (Front Row left to right): Emma Rice, Lauren Newman, Summer Caraway, Jessica Flynn and Olivia George

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s Croft Institute for International Studies has welcomed eight incoming freshman Croft Scholars to campus as part of its largest and most highly qualified class to date.

This year’s Croft Scholars, all of whom major in international studies, are Joey Baker of Decatur, Alabama; Kylie Bring of Chesterfield, Missouri; Marli Bryant of Collins, who is double-majoring in pre-med; Summer Caraway of Madison; Jessica Flynn of Alpharetta, Georgia; Olivia George of Biloxi; Christina Pendergrast of Marietta, Georgia; and Emma Rice of Tupelo.

Each freshman Croft Scholar also receives an $8,000-a-year scholarship, totaling $32,000 during their time at Ole Miss, which they can combine with other scholarship support.

The Croft Scholars are joined by one sophomore, Lauren Newman, who was awarded the Rose Bui Academic Excellence Scholarship this year. This scholarship for academic excellence, valued at $8,000 per year, is awarded annually to the top rising sophomore who does not already have substantial scholarship support.

“Within an outstanding entering class, our largest and most accomplished yet, the eight students selected as Croft scholars distinguished themselves through their academic credentials, their performance in the scholarship interview and their commitment to becoming global citizens,” said Oliver Dinius, Croft executive director. “We are proud to have them represent the institute.

“We also welcome Lauren Newman, the recipient of the Rose Bui Scholarship, to the exclusive group of students with major financial support from the institute. She earned that honor through dedication and hard work in her first year in the program.”

The incoming Croft cohort comprises 73 freshmen, boasting an average ACT score of 31.38 and a 3.85 average GPA and representing 16 states, plus Japan and Australia.

“This cohort is unique in a lot of ways, but the fact that we enrolled our largest Croft cohort to date, as well as increasing our average overall ACT to 31, was exciting,” said Will Schenck, the institute’s associate director.

Bring graduated in the top 10 percent of her class in Missouri while staying active in student council, National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. She received recognition as an AP Scholar, Missouri’s Bright Flight award for scoring 31 or higher on her ACT and the President’s Award for Educational Excellence.

She is double-majoring in international studies with a focus on Arabic in the Middle East and mathematics, with a plan to double-minor in Arabic and intelligence and security studies. Her goal is to study abroad in Jordan and intern in Washington, D.C.

“Ideally, I will find a career in the intelligence field as an analyst,” Bring said. “I am unbelievably excited to study at Croft because the immersive program will prepare me to be a well-rounded global citizen and make an impact in the intelligence field.

“The professors are truly invested in helping us grow as both scholars and people, and my fellow students have created a wonderfully supportive family atmosphere.”

Baker is combining his international studies major with Chinese and accountancy with a goal of working in either the private sector or government.

“I chose Croft at Ole Miss because it has a prestigious reputation and gives students the necessary skills to go on and pursue successful careers,” Baker said.

Each year, around 20 students are selected to interview with a panel for Croft scholarships, which are awarded based on each student’s knowledge of current global political issues and their interest in the international studies program.

Living Music Resource Hosts a Night at the Opera

Events include live interview with international artists and performance of Tony-winning play

The most recent taping of Living Music Resource's Beat, hosted by Nancy Maria Balach, included Director of Opera University of Alabama Paul Houghtaling (center) and Delta State Voice Professor Chad Payton. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

The most recent taping of Living Music Resource’s ‘LMR Live,’ hosted by Nancy Maria Balach, included University of Alabama opera director Paul Houghtaling (center) and Delta State voice professor Chad Payton. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – An innovative interview series that brings music professionals to the University of Mississippi will offer students and Oxford residents a glimpse into the world of opera this week, as well as insights into the life and career of legendary diva Maria Callas.

The Living Music Resource, an online video library of interviews with vocalists and composers, is bringing renowned performers Sandra Moon and Patricia O’Neill to Oxford for its “LMR Live” interview series, master classes for music students and a Saturday (Oct. 8) performance of “Master Class,” the Tony-winning play about Callas, at the UM Nutt Auditorium.

The first event, an “LMR Live” interview with Moon and O’Neill, is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 6) at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. Nancy Maria Balach, a UM associate professor of music and creator of the Living Music Resource, will interview the artists for “Insight on Life: The Opera Singer,” using a live talk show format.

The free event is co-sponsored by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council.

“Because our role is to support opportunities to connect artists to the community, we are proud to partner with LMR,” said Wayne Andrews, executive director of Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. “It provides opportunities to see behind the performances and to learn from artists directly.”

Moon, an acclaimed vocal teacher and performer, is an assistant professor of voice at Louisiana State University. She has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Florentine Opera, Cleveland Opera and many more in the U.S. and Europe. She taught for 26 years at a private studio in Germany and also has performed with Renee Fleming, America’s most prominent living opera singer.

The Dream Team listed from left to right: Claudia Salcedo, Katie McLaughlin, Melanie Culhane, Rachel Dennis, Heather Higginbotham, Cody Arthur, Lacey Hindman. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

The Dream Team is made up of UM music students (from left) Claudia Salcedo, Katie McLaughlin, Melanie Culhane, Rachel Dennis, Heather Higginbotham, Cody Arthur and Lacey Hindman. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

O’Neill, a professor emerita at LSU, has performed around the world with groups such as the Frankfurt Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Berlin Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Birmingham Civic Opera, Chicago Symphony, Utah Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She is a stage director for the LSU Opera Theatre and an expert on incorporating Alexander Technique, a process to realign posture to avoid muscular and mental tension, into performance.

The “LMR Live” session will feature questions submitted by audience members and will be available on the LMR Live website.

The production of “Master Class” is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, directed by O’Neill. The show, set during a fictional master class conducted by the acclaimed soprano Callas, features music by Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini and Vincenzo Bellini. The play will be performed by Moon, Balach and the LMR “Dream Team,” composed of UM music students  Cody Arthur, Melanie Culhane, Lacey Hindman, Faith Janicki, Olivia Sanders, Hadassah Strong.

Tickets are $5 for UM students and $10 for general admission through the Ole Miss Box Office or at the door.  To purchase tickets in advance, go to http://olemissboxoffice.com/ or call 662-915-7411.

Moon also will work with UM voice majors on a “Between the Bar Lines” master class at 1 p.m. Friday (Oct. 7) in Nutt Auditorium.

This week’s events are special to Balach because one of her voice teachers studied with Callas, creating a line from Callas through Balach to her own students.

“Knowing one’s family history can be practical and philosophical, and this same idea applies to vocal genealogy,” Balach said. “Discovering this information is finding out you are connected to one of the most renowned and influential singers of all time.”

Balach said she also is excited to create opportunities for UM alumni to share their talents and emerging careers with the Oxford community.

“I am thrilled to be working with these great guest artists and sharing the stage with UM alumni who are making their mark in the musical world,” Balach said. “I know the community will give them a warm ‘welcome home’ and enjoy their artistry on Saturday night.”

Student Issues Apology and Embraces Restorative Justice Plan

Jordan Samson, the University of Mississippi student who posted a racist comment on social media last month, has issued a public apology, voluntarily withdrawn from classes and given the university permission to share this information.

“We as a university condemn the use of language that is threatening or racist, and we are committed to protecting our students and faculty. We also believe in the power of higher education to transform individuals,” Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter said.

“Even though the social media comment he made may have been protected expression, Jordan wanted to take responsibility for the impact of his post on our community,” said Brandi Hephner LaBanc, vice chancellor for student affairs.

“Therefore, he has willingly agreed to take the educational and reparative steps that the University of Mississippi believes are necessary to help restore a healthy and productive environment for all members of our community, including Jordan,” Hephner LaBanc said.

While Samson has withdrawn from the university, he will remain in the campus community this fall and work closely with the staff of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation and the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement. In collaboration with campus entities devoted to working against bias, the institute staff and Samson will develop a plan that will provide him with learning opportunities and restorative justice activities.

Restorative justice is a practice frequently used by universities across the country to help students understand the consequences their actions have on others.

“Restorative justice is most effective when impacted parties are willing to openly discuss the harm that has been done,” said Jennifer Stollman, academic director for the William Winter Institute. “I believe this can be a situation where offensive and harmful words can lead to a more powerful dialogue and true climate change for our campus community.”

Ideally, this episode will remind all UM community members that while language can hurt, it can also heal, university officials noted.

“Words are important. Equally important is the venue in which those words are delivered,” said Donald Cole, assistant to the chancellor for multicultural affairs and UM’s chief diversity officer. “The university prides itself on providing venues of free expression in which the marketplace of ideas flows freely. Social media can be a challenging venue, for there, emotions often eclipse rationality, resulting in expressions that may be ‘legal,’ but certainly not expedient.

“Because of our history, because of the heightened tensions within our country, because our words should be chosen to persuade, not to degrade, we remind ourselves that civil dialogue that respects the dignity of individuals is the approach that makes us a nationally recognized role model.”

“We are committed to the free exchange of ideas,” Vitter said. “When those ideas are offensive and even harmful, our commitment is challenged. In this case, the community responded by making our values clear — the values of the UM Creed, which remind us that we are a community that respects the voice and contribution of everyone. We find that this atmosphere of mutual respect is where we see the greatest learning.”

For additional resources, please visit umatter.olemiss.edu.

Student Violates Stadium Policy, Arrested on Alcohol Charges

University of Mississippi police arrested a university student at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium this past Saturday for alcohol-related charges and for failure to comply with a lawful order. An observer recorded a brief portion of the arrest and distributed the recording on social media. Some social media and other outlets have wrongly reported that the student was arrested for possession of a state flag, which is not a crime.

The student, Dylan Wood, was initially contacted by stadium security because he was displaying a flag in the stands in violation of longstanding stadium policy that prohibits flags, banners, signs, umbrellas or other objects that may obstruct the view of other fans. Consistent with stadium policy, security officers instructed Wood to leave the stadium or to relinquish the flag.

Officers escorted Wood to the concourse, where Wood failed to comply with the officers’ instructions. During their encounter, officers also observed that Wood, who is under the age of 21, appeared to be intoxicated. During the arrest, officers found a flask containing alcohol. Wood was charged with failure to comply (disorderly conduct), public drunkenness and possession of alcohol by a minor.

For more information about the University of Mississippi’s stadium policies, please visit http://www.olemisssports.com/facilities/ole-facilities-vhs-rules.html.

Concert to Benefit Oxford Boys and Girls Club

Gospel and country artists Michael English and Trae Edwards set for Tuesday show at Ford Center

Michael English

Michael English

OXFORD, Miss. – A benefit concert for the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Mississippi, featuring gospel and country performers Michael English and Trae Edwards, is set for Tuesday (Oct. 4) at the University of Mississippi’s Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $25 through the Ole Miss Box Office. To purchase tickets, call 662-915-7411 or go to http://olemissboxoffice.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event.asp?id=487.

English, well known in the Christian music industry, has won two Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and has had a Top 10 Hit on the Adult Contemporary chart. He has toured and recorded with The Singing Americans, the Happy Goodman Family and the Gaither Vocal Band. He also has recorded several solo albums and scored a major Adult Contemporary single with “Your Love Amazes Me.”

Edwards, an emerging country and gospel performer, has a new song, “Love Got Us Through,” climbing the charts.

“The night will be filled with contemporary as well as traditional hymns, such as Trae Edward’s amazing rendition of ‘The Old Rugged Cross,'” said Margaret King, a representative for the LOU Barksdale Clubhouse and organizer of the fundraiser. “Everyone will walk away blessed and with incredible memories. It will be an awesome experience.”

Trae Edwards

Trae Edwards

The event is co-sponsored by The Inn at Ole Miss, the UM Department of Continuing Education and the Oxford Exchange Club.

“The money that is raised will allow us to help more students,” said Amy Goodin, director of LOU Barksdale Clubhouse. “We currently serve 160 students a day, ranging from ages 6 to 18. The money will go towards more tutors and the supplies we use daily.”

Statement Concerning Meeting with UM Students

This afternoon I learned that a number of students had gathered at the Lyceum to express their concerns about a recent social media post and our response to it. Because I have an open door policy, I invited some of the student leaders to meet with me and other university leaders. The students helped me more fully understand the impact on them of national events and this particular social media post. They expressed great pain, sadness, and concern for their own safety.

To be clear, we condemn the recent social media post by one of our students that referenced lynching. In light of our country’s history, that comment can only be seen as racist, offensive and hurtful, especially to members of our African American community. There is no place in our community for racist or violent acts.

I appreciate the willingness of the student leaders to meet with me and to continue the dialogue. Together, we are committed to moving beyond words toward action, harnessing the transformative power of education to realize the ideals of our Creed.

Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter