First of all, I’ve been meaning to share with you a photo from my 10-day whirlwind trip to Iceland. My son and I saw incredible vistas as we hiked our way from Landmannalaugar to Pórsmörk, ending near last year’s active volcano, Eyjafjallajökull. As you can see, we took “George” along with us to share in the exhilarating experience. I won’t soon forget our journey to this beautiful country.
I came back to campus in August recharged and ready to welcome our impressive group of new and returning students. In addition to student/faculty orientation activities, my days have been filled reviewing the annual reports of faculty with our 40+ department chairs and program directors. As you can tell from the photo, there were literally stacks of reports to process but, luckily, I had plenty of help!
I must say, as I reviewed the significant accomplishments of the 2009-’10 academic year, I was struck by the ever-increasing numbers of scholarly publications and creative endeavors by our faculty and students. Here at Columbian College, we continue to find imaginative ways to engage our students and partner them with prestigious institutions around the nation’s capital—venues such as the Holocaust Museum, the Sackler Art Gallery, and the National Geographic Museum of Crime and Punishment. We also continue to make our presence felt beyond our campus and region through published research in scholarly journals, including Science and Nature, and many of our faculty members serve on editorial and advisory boards at some of the top research institutions in the country.
Onward and upward!