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Chancellor's FYI, April 2004.
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In praise of UWGB students, liberal arts and a dear friend

Greetings from Green Bay’s University of Wisconsin, where spring is in the air!
    Wishful thinking, perhaps, but if spring isn’t here yet, it will be soon ... arriving on the south breezes of our first 70-degree day, accompanied by the seasonal reemergence of students strolling the campus, roller blading, catching some sun or using the grassy slopes near the Cofrin Library as one big open-air reading room.
    Indoors, I think, the season already has changed. While “spring semester” might have seemed a misnomer when classes resumed in January, a certain urgency surfaces in April. Pass students in the hall or at their study tables, this week, and it’s possible to overhear serious conversation about class projects, increasingly challenging subject material, or hopelessly impossible work loads.
    It is an exciting, energizing time of the year.
    It is also one of those times I most miss the classroom. I taught political science for 20 years at Oregon State University and the occasional seminar while provost at Eastern Oregon, but being chancellor, a job I love, requires a full-time commitment and then some. I envy the time spent working directly with undergraduate and master’s degree students.
    My teaching these days takes place in a little different context. Actually, each of us is an educator, or a potential education advocate. Each of us is presented daily with opportunities to educate others. One message I hope we share is this: In UW-Green Bay and its people, this region has an extraordinary institution with an exceedingly bright future, deserving of broad support.

black line for border     students posed in hallway with woodcut prints
A temporary gallery of woodcut prints to brighten the 8th floor hallway outside the Chancellor's Office was largely the creation of a student curator Deborah Dalman, lower right, who organized her classmates' art. From introductory art classes to advanced courses across campus, April is a month we showcase student work at its best.
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