A new semester starts today. We will gather at 8am in the Chapel for a start of semester service, with a procession of Faculty. Worship creates the frame for our semester. We offer this moment to God; we want these precious moments to be for the "glory of God".
This is the semester that is the calm before the storm. Plans for construction are already far advanced. As summer arrives, we are anticipating that both Addison and the Refectory will be undergoing transformation. So we need to prepare ourselves for the challenges of the summer and fall. And let us really enjoy this season which is pre-construction and everywhere is still accessible and functioning.
As normal, this semester is the last semester for some in this place. To those students as their heads shift to the future, let me just say this. May this be a semester where you really build on the relationships and friendships in your class and beyond. A gift that this place gives you is a network. This is the moment, when you celebrate and enjoy that gift.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President