Trustees meeting highlights achievements in development and admission
RELEASED: April 10, 2008
Trollinger also reported that planning is well under way for the three construction projects being made possible by the "Trustee Challenge." Issued last spring by a small group of the College's trustees, who together committed $22.5 million to the effort, the "Trustee Challenge" seeks to raise an additional $5 million to complete the funding required for these projects. The three projects are the construction of a new campus center (replacing Cowan Dining Commons), a new science and math facility (adjoining Young Hall) and the refurbishment of the College's Norton Center for the Arts. Each of these projects has a committee of faculty, students and staff that is working with architects on designs. A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the new campus center was held Friday on campus. Actual construction of the campus center is slated to begin just after Commencement. All three of these projects will be completed within the next 27 months.
In addition, J. Carey Thompson, vice president for enrollment and student planning services, reported that retention for the current first-year class is outstanding. Of the class, 98 percent are enrolled and advancing toward graduation in 2011.ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
Stephanie Fabritius, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, reported that planning continues on the new science and math facility. Building-committee members are pleased with the new classrooms, teaching laboratories, student-faculty research spaces and informal and formal student-faculty gathering spaces that are being created within the new and renovated Young Hall. The building committee will reconvene in May.
Fabritius also reported on the College's first annual Centre Undergraduate Symposium to be held on Thursday, April 17. Entitled "Got RICE?: Research, Internships and Creative Endeavors," the daylong event will include 116 students from 24 different academic programs conducting 86 presentations for the campus and public community. The event is designed to celebrate students' academic work over the past year and to exemplify the College's recent strategic-plan goal of increasing students' opportunities for engaged and experiential learning.
In addition, officers of the Board who were elected for the 2008-09 year include Robert T. Brockman, chairman; Randal B. Kell, vice chairman; James D. Rouse, secretary; John A. Roush, president of the College; and Yvonne York Morley, assistant secretary.
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