March 16, 2001

Good Morning:

I had an interesting meeting with the academic deans responsible for undergraduate education and members of the Student Affairs department earlier this week regarding student housing. With our enrollment continuing to grow we addressed the status of our present housing and charted plans for the future. As these plans begin to take shape we will share them with the campus.

I think we are just about ready to close down on a few of our key openings in the next few days. (Keep your fingers crossed.) As soon as we do, I will let you know. Most of the last few weeks have been devoted to interviewing finalists for the deans searches at the Law and Medical Schools, the Senior Vice President For Academic Affairs/Provost position and the Vice President of Human Resources opening.

I am also pleased to report that on June 1 we will begin the groundbreaking for the $25 million expansion of the A. B. Freeman School of Business. Yesterday the City Council granted us a permit to raze the Cunningham Observatory. This will allow us to go forward with a much needed expansion and ensure the school's continued status as one of the nation's top business schools.

It was good to see that the Hullabaloo won several honors at the Southeastern Journalism Conference, including first place for "Best Web Newspaper," second place for "Best Newspaper," second place for "Best News Series" and an honorable mention for "Best Newspaper Feature Story." Now if I can just get them to publish some of my poetry!

Let's all wish our Women's Basketball team the best as they face Florida State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament tonight at 6 o'clock in Ames, Iowa.

Have A Great Weekend!


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