Thank you for joining us on the Schreiner University website. I hope that you capture here some of the vitality of this place and, whatever your motive for visiting, that you are prompted to come back again and turn your virtual visit into an actual one. We have dramatically upgraded the technology and management of this site over the last two years, which we trust is evident.
Recently, we completed the FY 14 academic year with our final commencement in Edington Gymnasium. Valuable as that facility is and will be for athletic practice and intramural activity, very few will look back in nostalgia to packed and warm commencement services when we move to our new athletic and event center next year. We were delighted to stream the service via the Internet to watchers in our Cailloux Center as well as to the individual devices of those who could not attend. Shortly afterward, the news that Schreiner’s men’s golf team had won the NCAA Division III National Championship capped off an exceptional year.
The end of the fiscal year found us 45% of the way to our goal in our comprehensive campaign, remaining ahead of pace. Progress on our athletic and event center, the top capital project in that campaign, is visible daily, with targeted completion in early December. Delaney Hall, ghost and all, will be brought back into use this fall, beautifully renovated to include new social and study space and a fire protection system that it has long been needed. This summer’s master plan project is the beautification of the academic quadrangle on the north side of the Weir Building which will pair well with last year’s renovation of the south quadrangle.
It is difficult to exaggerate the excitement generated by our enhancing of the undergraduate experience through what we call the Schreiner Experience. One aspect of the initiative is illustrated by the accomplishments of our faculty in anchoring a new core curriculum in Schreiner’s seven learning outcomes—analytical abilities, communication, global perspective, personal and social responsibility, community engagement, skill and resource use in the major discipline, and aesthetic appreciation. Another is the addition of three new staff members to coordinate and integrate programs supporting our mission statement’s commitment to “prepare students for meaningful work and purposeful lives in a changing global society.” Meanwhile, our Title V grant is providing greater learning support for students and instructional innovation from faculty. Behind these and many other changes in recent years lies our longstanding commitment to Learning by Heart, providing an educational experience that authentically addresses all aspects of our students’ lives.
Thus, we continue to find ways to enable families and individuals to afford a residential college experience and its opportunities for growth of character and intellect. We know how important such an education is and how strongly those who experience it affirm its value. That is precisely why Schreiner pays exceptional attention to balancing its commitment to quality with a determination to manage cost. Sometimes it means working a little smarter, but frankly that is a trait that benefits any enterprise. We will not change that commitment.