As the fall 2010 semester comes to a close, I reflect on all of our accomplishments. It has been gratifying to watch new faculty members in Counselor Education, Communication Disorders and Sciences (CDS), and Nursing become productive, valued members of the community. A certificate program in early childhood education and a Master’s degree program in Curriculum and Instruction were passed by the Faculty Senate and are being sent to The State Education Department. Master’s degree programs are being developed in Expeditionary Studies and in Sport and Wellness Leadership. Preparation for accreditation site visits that will occur in the 2011-12 academic year is well underway in the Social Work, CDS, and Counselor Education departments. An amazing amount of energy has gone into creating strong programs with excellent reputations. This work has brought people together around the central goal of providing our students with the best education possible.

Next semester will bring new challenges and opportunities. The State Education Department and SUNY have charted a new course for education. We are positioned well for the journey, but we will have to build even stronger relationships on campus and in our community, and will need to make a few more changes to the program to meet changing standards. Nancy Zimpher, SUNY’s Chancellor, has planned a visit in February to hear about our redesigned education programs because they are very close to the model she wants to see for the whole state. Years of hard work can pay off in model programs, but we need highly qualified faculty to do this. The Nutrition, Social Work, and Education departments will be completing searches for new faculty members next semester. This is just a sampling of the good work that is before us.

We have accomplished much and have much to accomplish. I feel passionate about where we are and where we are going. Much of this passion is driven by my day-to-day interactions with people in the EHHS division and with others across the campus. Patty Stonesifer said, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” I look forward to our next semester together, we will go far.

Happy Holidays,
Mike