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.
One of the undeniable truths about Wittenberg faculty is that they are dedicated. The Princeton Review ranked Wittenberg University fourth in the nation for “Most Accessible Professors” in the 2014 edition of its annual college guide The Best 378 Colleges, tallying 99 out of a possible 100 points.
Wittenberg has also ranked 11th in the nation in recent years for “Best Classroom Experience” and 15th in the category “Professors Get High Marks," according to The Best 376 Colleges (Princeton Review, 2011).
To thank the faculty for their deep dedication to student success and for reaching out to prospective students to help secure 601 deposits this year, the Office of Admission kicked off the school year with a Faculty Wine and Cheese.
My thanks to our faculty, who spend countless hours in class, in after-office-hours meetings with students, in professional development and in curricula meetings, for their efforts with recruitment and for their success in contributing to the accomplishments of Wittenberg students.
Thanks to the Wittenberg University Alumni Association, I had the opportunity to communicate with alumni from across the nation and around the world about the state of the University in the second Alumni Townhall.
The event was streamed live to allow as many alumni as possible to share their thoughts, concerns and ideas as we work together to deliver on Wittenberg's promise to provide a first-rate liberal arts education for the 21st century.
Thanks to all the alumni who showed in interest in our strategy for success by sending in questions!
This afternoon I attended a reception to honor Ann McGree for more than 33 years of dedicated service to Wittenberg and its students. Ann has served Wittenberg in several different roles, including secretary to the Education Department and to the School of Community Education. Following her retirement, she joined Sodexo as a Customer Service Advocate in the Central Dining Room, where she always greeted students with a smile. Today, Wittenberg honored Ann by dedicating the side dining facility in the CDR in her name.
I had the distinct honor of presenting the keynote address at the Springfield Kiwanis meeting. Kiwanis is an international volunteer organization that contributes to youth-related projects from elementary through college-aged young adults.
In my remarks, I highlighted Wittenberg’s challenges and opportunities as we being a new academic year and beyond.
My thanks to Paul Hagelberg, professor emeritus of physics, who extended the invitation for me to speak, and to
Deepest thanks to Roland Matthies, former Wittenberg vice president and treasurer, who showed his support by attending this meeting at the young age of 103.
One of the popular highlights at the start of the academic year, the annual Student Involvement Fair offers the opportunity for students, faculty and staff to come together to discover the many ways to become engaged in co-curricular activities. With beautiful weather and the support of dedicated faculty and staff, the evening was a great success as students learned about all of the student-led groups on campus.
With more than 125 ways for students to get involved, it’s no wonder that our students are highly active!
I enjoyed spending some time talking with students who represent so many different organizations but share the common passion for pursuing what fulfills them, whether that be astronomy, comedy, herpetology, poetry, caving, travel, volleyball, community service or energy conservation. Our students actively seek out and pursue their callings all while building and strengthening the Wittenberg community.
Just spent the day with the Class of 2017 as we served throughout the Springfield community as part of the New Student Days Service Plunge. What an exciting way for incoming students to learn more about Springfield and Wittenberg’s dedication to community service!
Students had breakfast in the CDR heard from Professor of Religion and Director of Urban Studies Warren Copeland, who also serves as Springfield’s mayor. They then departed to the various service locations throughout the community, where they worked from 10 a.m.-noon.
Thanks to the Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Civic & Urban Engagement for hosting the 6th annual New Student Service Plunge, and thanks to all the new students, student coordinators from the Community Service Program, faculty and staff for participating in this important, mission-driven work.
Today I had the opportunity to meet with Phil Parker of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce and learn about opportunities for partnering in the region. Great conversation and opportunity to share Wittenberg's points of pride.
I also had the privilege of attending the New College Presidents’ Reception today, which was graciously hosted at Wright State University by Wright State University President David Hopkins; Jeff Hoagland, CEO of The Dayton Development Coalition; State Senator Chris Widener; State Senator Bill Beagle; State Senator Peggy Lehner; State Representative Rick Perales and State Representative Bob Hackett.
Like Wittenberg, several other local colleges have inaugurated new presidents in the last year, and we had the opportunity to say a few words about our schools and the work we do to ensure student success. This is an exciting time for institutions of higher education to collaborate and develop partnerships with each other to give students amazing opportunities.
There are few things more exciting than welcoming incoming students to their new home at Wittenberg. Today was a great day of greeting incoming students and their parents as they arrived on campus early this morning to move into their residence halls. I’m so impressed with the students, staff and faculty who volunteer to help welcome our new students to campus—their positive attitudes are so encouraging, and everyone’s teamwork made this morning’s move-in a huge success.
New students and their families were also welcomed to the Benjamin Prince House this evening. Students and parents alike were impressed with the New Student Days programming and with the helpfulness of everyone on campus. It’s easy to reassure parents that their student will be at home at Wittenberg when our campus community takes such great care of our newest families.
Enjoyed sitting down to lunch with Shelley Lopez of the Nehemiah Foundation to explore opportunities for engagement with Christian organizations focused on community service and collaboration.