August 27, 2008
Good morning. It is wonderful to see you all here together as we begin our new year. Next door we have a powerful reminder of our past and present as we see the scaffolding and hear the sounds of Rounds Hall being preserved and enhanced. (We actually had hoped it might be enhanced a hint faster – impatience being perhaps a common trait of academics – but in this case we may be aware of our renewal into October.) On the other hand, the slate and copper are glorious in the sunlight, and a central campus symbol is being renewed for generations of students. This week, we finish preparations for thousands of those students.