Spring Update and Vision Statement Introduction

Dear Saint Mary's Community,

I hope that you are experiencing the blessings of the Easter season.

At its recent workshop, the Board of Trustees held sessions on the Core Curriculum Review process, issues arising from our recent WASC letter, and planning for a comprehensive fundraising campaign. The Board was impressed and encouraged by the current Proposal for Learning Outcomes of the Core Curriculum presented by Brother Donald Mansir and Professor Mary True.

They were also appreciative of the overview of WASC-identified challenges provided by Provost Beth Dobkin. Please note that Dr. Dobkin has scheduled two opportunities this week (Thursday, March 27 at 9:40 a.m. and Friday, March 28 at 10:20 a.m. in the Soda Center) for members of our community to learn more about WASC-related matters.

I am happy to share with our community a draft version of my vision for the College. This vision has emerged out of many conversations with Brothers, students, faculty, trustees, regents and friends of the College during my last three and a half years as president. The vision also incorporates the objectives of the Building on Strengths strategic planning document. It reflects what I've learned about how we as a community can help students enter the world as intellectually, emotionally and spiritually awakened individuals.

My draft vision represents a beginning of our collective work in identifying the ways we can realize the mission of the College we cherish. I welcome your reflections, which you can post through the interactive comments feature on my Vision Statement web page. These thoughts are particularly relevant to our upcoming capital campaign to support future generations of students.

In this spirit of collaboration, I appreciate Provost Beth Dobkin's message in today's Bulletin, where she discusses priorities for the College on the eve of a new fundraising initiative.

Let us remember God's holy presence as we continue our search for new ways to invigorate the life of our College.

In St. La Salle,

Brother Ronald Gallagher, FSC