A Day In The Life
Ever wonder what goes on in the average day of a Wittenberg president? Follow President Laurie M. Joyner, Ph.D., to find out.
I’m proud to be part of an institution that has hosted a CROP Hunger Walk to raise money to fight hunger since 1988.
The 3.5-mile walk started on campus and went throughout the city of Springfield, providing a great opportunity for members of the community to serve in a meaningful way and to see the historical sights of Springfield, as well as how their fundraising efforts will make a difference.
My thanks to Pastor Rachel Tune, who works with the Weaver Chapel Association to organize Wittenberg’s CROP Hunger Walk each year, and to this year’s student organizer, Alyssa Hughes, class of 2015.
Enjoyed two great meals with groups from the Wittenberg community that make this school special. Started the day with breakfast with the women’s lacrosse team and then had dinner with the Math Club students and faculty.
Today’s rain may have moved us inside, but it didn’t dampen our spirits at the potluck picnic. Enjoyed spending time with faculty and staff from various departments, and I had a lovely time engaging everyone who came together to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year.
Had a wonderful afternoon celebrating Darrell Kitchen, retiring vice president for Business and Finance, for his more than 25 years of service to Wittenberg and the community.
The event was well attended by members of the Board of Directors, Springfield community, faculty and staff, who shared stories of their time with Darrell. A commemorative plaque in the Bayley-Diehl House garden was also dedicated in his honor.
We wish Darrell and his wife, Michelle, best of luck in their future endeavors.
Started the morning off right with breakfast with the Wittenberg volleyball team, which is ranked 10th in the nation. Enjoyed spending time with these talented young women and dedicated coaching staff.
Enjoyed having lunch today with representatives of the new NTPRD Chiller Ice Arena, including Mike McDorman, president of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and Leann Castillo, director of National Trail Recreation & Parks District, along with staff and students.
The new ice arena will be a great addition to Springfield, and we’re excited by the opportunities it offers Wittenberg students, athletic teams, faculty and staff when it opens next month.
Today we celebrated the official beginning of the academic year with the annual Wittenberg Series-sponsored Opening Convocation. The event urged us to reflect deeply on our history as a nation, a campus and as individuals.
In a moment of silence, we paid respect to those who lost their lives and those who lost loved ones 12 years ago on 9/11. We also had the privilege of welcoming back our distinguished guest and alumnus Kenneth Cukier, class of 1991. His address, “Trust, Betrayal, and Edward Snowden,” challenged us to consider our personal resolve to act when we see injustice, as well as the ethics that underlie how we shape our views on justice.
Finally, we reflected on those who have loyally served Wittenberg as we presented the Medal of Honor posthumously to Charles D. “Chad” Weller, class of 1970, vice chairman of the Wittenberg Board of Directors. His family accepted the award and encouraged the campus to continue to pass on its light in a way Weller would have wanted. The Wittenberg choir, which received generous support from Weller for its recent tour of Germany, honored Weller by singing the Alma Mater.
My thanks to everyone who helped to make the event so special.
Met with faculty members today to give a brief update on key elements that Wittenberg will be putting into place to more closely align campus procedures with our student success initiatives.
Had an exciting day in New York sharing Wittenberg's strategy for success with investors. The meeting I attended reminded me of the power of Wittenberg’s mission and the desire we all have to preserve and advance it.
AAUW, The American Association of University Women, is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since its founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental educational, social, economic, and political issues of the day.
The Springfield branch kicked off the 2013-2014 year with an equity event tonight at the Courtyard by Marriott. The restaurant inserted information into each patron’s bill folio to help spread the word about AAUW. I’m proud to be a member of such a proactive and supportive group.