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Campus Updates

In an effort to keep faculty and staff members at Wittenberg University informed and engaged, President Michael L. Frandsen distributes a monthly campus e-update called Around the Hollow.

Feedback is welcomed. Questions or concerns can be sent to president@wittenberg.edu.

August 22, 2019

The 2019-20 academic year has begun, bringing with it an exciting energy that will always make this time of the year a favorite time for Sharon and me. I want to thank everyone who played a part in making last week's Move-In Day and Welcome Week a huge success. I know much of the work leading up to this time of the year is often behind the scenes, but I hope the positive sentiments shared by our incoming students and their families remind each of you that those efforts matter -- and make a difference. Read More...


July 11, 2019

This week we are excited to be welcoming hundreds of incoming students and their families to the first of our four summer orientation sessions. (I hope you’ve watched the videos; thanks, Mike.) As you know from our student success team, these sessions provide an opportunity for our newest students and their families to engage with our campus community, receive their class schedules, tour their assigned residence halls, learn about our academic environment, make social connections with peers, and better understand our resources and culture of care – “All in for You.” Read More...


June 11, 2019

Now that we are past June 1, I write to share an update on our enrollment projections for next fall. Our yield on accepted students is up by 75% from last year, and our academic quality has improved somewhat, but the incoming class size, currently, is much smaller than anticipated at 378. Read More...


May 10, 2019

With Commencement upon us tomorrow, I want to say thank you to everyone who is working diligently to make this event a memorable and meaningful one for our graduates. Commencement is the culmination of all that we do as a community, all that we do to help our students learn, grow and change, and I look forward to celebrating with our graduates and their families on Saturday. Read More...


April 11, 2019

From academic excellence being on full display during our annual Celebration of Learning and Honors Convocation on Friday, to welcoming alumni back for the 20th reunion concert of the WittMen Crew, to men's volleyball sharing the AMCC regular season title, to baseball alumni coming together to remember a teammate lost way too soon, to Just Eve's concert, to the mainstage production of The Tempest, and multiple other activities, last week highlighted student success and the power of community at Wittenberg. My thanks to everyone who played a role in ensuring that these events reflected the best of Wittenberg. Read More...


March 13, 2019

On April 5, we will again gather as a community to honor student achievement and academic excellence during our annual Liberal Arts in Action: A Celebration of Learning. Now in its seventh year, this event has quickly become a favorite tradition for me and Sharon as it reminds our campus and shows our extended community the exceptional education we provide. I want to thank this year's program coordinators, Cherie Rebar and Molly Wood. This is not an easy task to pull such a comprehensive program together, and they should be commended for their time and dedication. Read More...


February 11, 2019

This past week was a busy one as we welcomed our Board of Directors to campus for its winter meeting, Feb. 7-8. I will be hosting a post-Board forum this Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Bayley Auditorium to review key actions and discussions from the two-day meeting and to share some general campus updates. I encourage you to attend. Read More...


January 9, 2019

Happy New Year. I hope the holiday break was restful, rejuvenating, and filled with times with family and friends that will be fond memories for years to come. Each semester's start of classes is always invigorating to me as the campus comes alive again, but this semester will spark even more energy as Wittenberg moves forward on several fronts. Read More...


December 5, 2018

Last week, Sharon and I were happily surprised by some special guests at our door. Members of our wonderful a capella group, Just Eve, were out and about sharing the holiday spirit through song. The group's advisor and our political science professor, Ed Hasecke, had joined them. After Just Eve finished its caroling, the group headed to the Hasecke's home for a post-caroling get-together, where they sang around the family's dining room table. Read More...


November 7, 2018

As another calendar year begins to wind down, I think it is critical to look back and find moments to celebrate. I don't know how many of you are aware, but we begin every senior staff meeting with the sharing of celebratory news from across our respective areas, among our University colleagues, and even at times on personal levels. Read More...


October 12, 2018

What a weekend! As I shared in my campus update on Wednesday, we are continuing to receive positive comments regarding our Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, October 4-7. Read More...


September 5, 2018

With the fall semester now in full speed, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who helped to make our 2018 New Student Days a stellar experience. I heard from multiple families about how smooth move-in day was and how pleased they are that their student chose Wittenberg. Read More...

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