Our campus is full of energy, our classrooms are full of bright young minds, and our parking decks are full of cars...lots and lots of cars. Niner Nation is bustling with the start of a new semester! And I wanted to take this time to share the first Fall 2018 installment of "Phil's Fast Five," just to give you a glimpse of some of the things I'm focused on these days:
Opening Convocation activities for faculty/staff and for new students were a great success. A lot of work goes into making those events happen and I want to thank the behind-the-scenes folks who make it all look deceptively easy. The events provide a great time for us to assemble, to celebrate, and to welcome our new students and faculty members to Niner Nation.
The Marriott Hotel/Conference Center to be developed on our campus continues to move through the planning process. I've been involved in several meetings this week discussing various design details. And earlier this week the City of Charlotte voted to approve a financial investment in the project that will bring many visitors and conferences to Charlotte.
We continue to move through the planning and construction process with several other projects including the University Recreation Center (UREC), the new science building, and a new residence hall.
We're also excited about the start of the football season, having won our home opener last weekend against Fordham University. I hope you'll make plans to come out and support our team. We're looking forward to a great season!
Looking ahead a bit, two big events are coming up in September that you'll want to take note of. On September 15, parents are invited to campus for Family Weekend, where there will be lots of activities planned, including a brunch with yours truly. And on September 29 we'll hold the 43rd annual International Festival, a really fun family-friendly event that brings thousands of folks to campus for a day full of games, entertainment, arts and crafts, food, and costumes from more than 50 countries. The event is arranged in marketplace style, and festival entry and parking are free!
Take advantage of the opportunities to get involved, and here's to an amazing semester!
Phil Dubois, Chancellor