Fall 2017 Faculty/Staff Address


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>>GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE, GOOD MORNING.
WHAT A GREAT WAY TO START OUR NEW YEAR HERE.
AND WITH SOME OF OUR SPORTS TEAMS, RAs, TRANSITION
STUDENTS–WHAT A GREAT LAKEER DAY
DAY. IT TRULY IS.
I HAVE SOME PREPARED REMARKS, BUT BEFORE WE GET STARTED I’M
WANTING TO BE CONSISTENT WITH MESSAGEING THAT I’VE SHARED WITH OUR COLLEGE START UPS, AND
WELCOME THOSE WHO ARE STREAMING AS WELL.
BUT WE HAVE TAKEN PARTICULAR NOTICE OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN
CHARLOTTESVILLE. AND WHEN THAT WAS DISPLAYED
ACROSS THE NEWS MEDIA, I HAD JESSE AND OTHERS WITH OUR
PROVOST PUT SOME MESSAGEING OUT ON THE WEBSITE.
AND THEN FROM THAT POINT IN TIME TIME, I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAD CONSISTENT MESSAGEING
COMING FROM ME TODAY AS WELL.
I WANTED TO REALLY START OFF BY SAYING THAT FREE SPEECH IS A
PROTECTED RIGHT, AND WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS CRITICAL IN OUR COUNTRY AND HERE AT THIS
UNIVERSITY AS WELL. ALSO ACADEMYIC FREEDOM, CLICK
CLICKCALLY IMPORTANT AS FAR AS GOVERNMENT STRUCTURES, AND WHO
WE ARE AS PART OF THE ACADEMY. WITH THAT BEING SAID, WE, AND I
CANNOT AND WILL NOT TOLERATE BIGOTRY , BIAS, HATRED AT THIS
INSTITUTION. [APPLAUSE] THE VALUES THAT WE HOLD AT OUR
STRATEGIC LAND TALK ABOUT LEARNING ENVIRONMENT.
I ARE ALWAYS SAID THAT LEARNING THE ONLY WAY TO DO IT IS TOE
HAVE A GOOD BALANCE BETWEEN THE UNDERSTANDING OF ACADEMYIC
FREEDOM AND FREE SPEECH, BUT ALSO BE VERY CLEAR WHAT WE ALSO
STAND FOR ARE THOSE VALUES THAT WE HAVE HERE AT THIS UNIVERSITY.
SO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY OPPORTUNITY.
JUST TAKING A MINUTE TO RE RE AFFIRM
WHO WE ARE AS AN UNIVERSITY AND THE SUPPORT THAT WE NEED TO HAVE FOR ONE ANOTHER.
AFTER ALL, WE DO TALK AS WE’RE A WE CAN HAVE THOSE DEBATES AND
HIGHLIGHT THE DIFFERENCES THAT WE HAVE IN A VERY CIVIL AND
CIVIC MANNER. SO THANK YOU FOR THAT.
I WILL THEN GET STARTED–OH, ONE ONE OF THE ACTIVITYIES THAT I
HAD OUR PROVOST WITH OUR OTHER
LEADERS ON CAMPUS ENGAGED WITH, THAT BEFORE CRISES, WE REVIEWED
PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES AND POLICIES.
WE HAVE MARIA WORKING WITH FELIX TO PUT OUT AN FAQ MONDAY, AND
THEN THERE MIGHT BE QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAVE.
PLEASE LET’S ENGAGE IN THAT. ALREADY, WE’VE HAD SOME
QUESTIONS COME FORWARD. A VERY GOOD, THOUGHT QUESTIONS
THAT WE WANT TO RESPOND TO. SO THANK YOU FOR THAT. WE HAVE WORKED OUT WITH FACULTY
AND STAFF,, AND NOW WE HAVE THIS AND THOSE WHO ARE HERE FOR
FACULTY, AND THOSE WHO ARE LISTENING IN, WE’LL HAVE
CONVOCATION PROMPTLY AT 11:30. BE THERE BEFORE SO WE CAN GET ON OUR ACADEMYIC GARB BECAUSE IT IS A SYMBOLISM, A RITE OF PASSAGE
AS WELL. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY TO START
OUR DAY TOGETHER. TO CELEBRATE SOME OF OUR
ACCOMPLISHMENTS FROM THE PAST, BUT THIS YEAR I WANTED TO TAKE
IT A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY, TOO TOO, AND THAT IS TO UNDERSTAND
THE THEME. THE ACADEMY ITSELF HAS BEEN
UNDER SOME STRESS BECAUSE THERE’S A QUESTION MUCH VALUE,
THE VALUE OF A DEGREE. SO WHAT I WANTED TO DO IS BRING
THAT BACK TO THE UNIVERSITY AND TALK ABOUT THE PUBLIC GOOD, AND
HOW THIS UNIVERSITY IS DELIVER DELIVERING ON THE PUBLIC GOOD OF EDUCATION.
WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO IS HAVE A THE OF OUR TIME TOGETHER OF
DESCRIBEING OUR PURPOSE AND OUR FUTURE, AND WE KNOW THAT OUR
LIFE’S WORK, WHETHER IT BE IN THE CLASSROOM OR THOSE IN IN THE STAFF SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS,
WE’RE PASSING ON LESSONS, AND SHARE OUR KNEW NEW EXPERIENCES
WITH THEM.
FIRST, I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME MEMBERS OF OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES WHO JOIN US.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. [APPLAUSE] I’M VERY APPRECIATIVE OF MY
CABINET MEMBERS WHO JOIN ME TODAY AND EVERY DAY SETTING
GRAND VALLEY APART ON BEHALF OF OUR STUDENTS AND EACH OTHER.
BUT I WOULD BE REMISS, WE DO HAVE A NEW ACADEMYIC LEADER THIS YEAR, OUR NEW PROVOST AND VICE
PRESIDENT OF ACADEMY AFFAIRS MARIA CIMITILE.
SHE HAS BEEN WITH US FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES NOW, SHE IS NEW IN
THE ROLE. SHE DOES FOLLOW GAYLE DAVIS’
WITH FOOTPRINT.
SHE’LL BRING US HER OWN STYLES AND STRENGTHS FOR SUCCESS. SHE WILL BRING QUALITY, AND
THAT’S THE WAY TO START HER ROLE UNIVERSITY.
YOU’LL HEAR MORE FROM HER AS THE YOU HAVE FOUR MEETINGS AT
VARIOUS PARTS OF THE CAMPUS, AND WELL, TOO.
I KNOW HER STRENGTH, AGAIN S A STUDENT CENTEREDNESS.
THAT’S THE ESSENCE OF WHO WE ARE ARE.
AND SHE BELIEVES FULLY IN THE POWER OF SHARED GOVERNANCE, AND
I THINK WE ARE IN REALLY GREAT SHAPE LOOKING AHEAD WITH OUR
CORE BUSINESS IN THE ACADEMYIC ACADEMYIC
ENTERPRISE. ALSO MY WIFE MARCIA IS HERE WITH US, AND ALSO WE HAVE KAREN, HER
SISTER,, AND OUR NIECE FROM IOWA
AS WELL WELCOME. [APPLAUSE]
WE HAVE SOME SPECIAL GUESTS HERE HERE–GREAT.
AND THEN WE HAVE MEREDITH, ARE YOU HERE?
GREAT. AND DENISE AND BONNIE.
OKAY, THEY’RE FROM THE–LET’S SEE, YOU’RE THE COCHAIRS OF PS S
S AND LANCE BEING PART OF THE AP
COMMITTEE. AND ALWAYS ENJOY HAVING OUR
STUDENT LEADERS HERE. JONATHAN BOWMAN, OUR NEW
PRESIDENT OF THE INSTITUTE SENATE, HE HAS FIT NICELY IN IN
THE LEGACY THAT WE’VE SEEN.
WE HAVE TO LISTEN TO OUR STUDENTS.
THEY HELP US DEFINE WHO WE ARE AND WHERE WE’RE GOING TO BE
GOING. THANK YOU FOR TAKING ON THAT
LEADERSHIP AS WELL. AND CHRIS BARBIE.
IS CHRIS HERE? CHRIS REPRESENTING OUR BOARD AS
WELL AS. SO WE HAVE A GREAT GROUP OF
FOLKS. LET’S RECOGNIZE THEM.
[APPLAUSE] SO AGAIN DURING OUR TIME HERE
THIS MORNING, BEFORE WE HEAD OVER TO CONVOCATION, I REALLY
WANT TO SET THE CONTEXT FOR YOU. I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU WHAT I
VIEW AS SOME OF THE CHALLENGES AS WE–AS A PUBLIC–AS A PUBLIC
UNIVERSITY IN MICHIGAN. AND WHY EDUCATION THEREFORE IS
THE PUBLIC GOOD, AND WHY THE LAKEER EFFECT MATTERS TO THE
WORLD. FINALLY, WE’RE GOING TO BE GOING
GOING, AND WHY DO WE ALL HAVE A ROLE IN CREATEING THIS POSITIVE
FUTURE FOR OUR STUDENTS WHO ARE GOING TO ENGAGE IN THE STATE,
NATION,, AND ACROSS THE WORLD. THOSE ARE THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU THIS MORNING OVER THESE NEXT FEW MINUTES.
FIRST OFF, THERE IS THE BUSINESS EDUCATION.
AND THEN THERE’S THE BUSINESS OF SO LET ME FIRST ADDRESS THE
BUSINESS OF EDUCATION. OUR FINANCIAL HEALTH ALLOWS US
TO GET THE BEST PART OF–TO GET TO THE BEST PART OF OUR JOBS
HERE, AND THAT’S EDUCATEING STUDENTS.
AS YOU KNOW, WE DO FACE CHALLENGES IN OUR STATE WITH THE TREND IN DECLINING STUDENTS, THE DEMOCRATS ARE CLEAR AND UN
UNAMBIGUOUS, AND ALSO THE DECLINING STATE SUPPORT.
THAT HAS CONTINUEED TO ERODE. BUT I’LL SHARE A LITTLE BIT OF
GOOD NEWS IN THAT REGARD IN A MINUTE.
I WANT TO FIRST SAY LET’S PUT OUR MINDS AT REST.
BECAUSE OUR HISTORY THROUGH THESE MANY DECADES NOW, AND
WE’LL BE 60 YEARS STRONG IN 2020 2020, THAT WE ARE NIMBLE AND E
EEFFICIENT, AND WE MANAGE BOTH OF THOSE EXTREMELY WELL.
ON THE POSITIVE SIDE WITH A GREAT DEAL OF GRATITUDE FOR ALL
HERE IN THIS ROOM, AND THOSE ACROSS THE CAMPUS, OUR IN A CULL
CULLTY AND STAFF, THE LEGISLATURE HAS AGAIN RECOGNIZED GRAND VALLEY AS THE STATE’S MOST EFFECTIVELY RUN PUBLIC
UNIVERSITY IN MICHIGAN. NOW, THEY COME TO THIS INCLUDING
INCLUDING, CLEARLY, BECAUSE THEY GRADUATION RATES, AND THE
EFFICIENTCYIES, AND IN FACT, THEY’RE WITNESSING THE LAKEER
EFFECT THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF MICHIGAN. I THINK YOU SHOULD ALL GIVE
YOURSELF A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR [APPLAUSE] THIS MEANS THAT WE WERE GIVEN
EACH YEAR THE GOVERNOR HAS INSTITUTEED PERFORMANCE FUNDING
THE LARGEST PERCENTAGE INCREASE IN THE STATE THIS YEAR FOR
SUPPORT. BUT DON’T GO TO THE BANK ON THAT YET.
BUT BECAUSE OUR HISTORY ALSO IS ONE OF THE LOWEST-SUPPORTED
INSTITUTIONS IN THE STATE, WHEN YOU TAKE A LARGE PERCENT OF A
SMALL NUMBER, YOU STILL GET A SMALL NUMBER.
I LIKE THE FACT THAT WE CAN STAND PROUDLY ON YOUR EFFORTS
HERE BECAUSE WE CAN BE ASSUREED THAT WE ARE AS WELL AS WE CAN
WITH THE RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE. I DON’T LIKE THE NOTION OF MORE
WITH LESS. BUT I DO LIKE THE NOTION THAT
WE’RE GOING TO DO THE BEST WE CAN FOR EACH OTHER AND FOR OUR
STUDENTS WITH WHAT WE DO HAVE. SO ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE TO
CONTINUE TO DO IS LOOK AT OUR COSTS.
WE HAVE TO INSURE THAT OUR COSTS KEEP OUR TUITION IN IN THE LOWER HALF IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN.
ACCESS AND AFFORDABILITY IS CRITICAL TO US AND OUR STUDENTS.
WHEN WE LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS COMING TO GRAND VALLEY UNIVERSITY, WE
HAVE TO LOOK AT OUR COSTS AND PASS THOSE SAVINGS ON TO OUR
STUDENTS WITH TUITION RATES THAT EVEN WITH THE CHALLENGES THAT WE HAVE WITH STATE APPROPRIATION.
AND SO I DO KNOW THAT THE BOARD RECORDS HERE, WE WANT TO MAKE
SURE THAT WE ACHIEVE THE HIGHEST AND ALSO TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE,
YOU, ARE VALUEED AS FACULTY AND STAFF, BUT ALSO GIVING OUR
STUDENTS THE EDUCATION AND THE EXPERIENCES BECAUSE THEY ARE
INVESTING HERE AT GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY.
THEY CAN MAKE THAT DIFFERENCE ACROSS THIS GLOBE.
WE HAVE DONE THAT. THAT’S WHY I THINK WE’LL SEE A
CONTINUEED AND STEADY EFFICIENT CY
IN OPERATIONS AND HIGH QUALITY STUDENTS THAT ARE ENROLLED HERE.
WE ARE ATTRACTIVE TO STUDENTS BOTH THE UNDERGRAD AND GRADUATE
LEVEL. BUT BEING–SAYING THAT, THE
SECOND CHALLENGE IS DEMOGRAPHICS DEMOGRAPHICS.
I WAS HERE LAST YEAR TALKING ABOUT IT,, AND I’LL BE HERE
AGAIN SHARING WITH YOU THE SLOPE FOR
THE 18-YEAR-OLDS CONTINUES TO GO AND I THINK THAT IT WILL GO DOWN
DOWN, AT LEAST IN UNTIL 2023 AND GOING UP VERY FAST.
THIS IS WHERE WE ARE, AND AT GRAND
VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN.
BUT ENROLLMENT ITSELF IS EVERYONE’S JOB, IT REALLY IS.
YOU KNOW, IF YOU’RE OUT AND ABOUT, AND YOU’RE GOING TO PUT
YOUR LAKEER GASH ON, AND YOU’RE GOING TO REPRESENT US.
THERE MAY AN 17-YEAR-OLD IN HIGH GRADE, THIRD GRADE, AND FOURTH
GRADE, WE HAVE TO START EARLY. WE DO HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE A COLLECTIVE ROLE.
I WILL TELL YOU WITH JODY AND
MICHELLE–WE’RE SURPASSING OUR MARKET SHARE FOR APPLICATION
THIS IS PAST YEAR. AND I BELIEVE WE’LL MEET OUR
GOAL FOR ENROLLMENT OF AROUND 41
FITIACS THIS YEAR. MARCIA AND I HAVE THE GREAT JOY
OF GIVING AWAY ICE CREAM. NOW SHE HAS FIGUREED OUT SHE CAN GIVE IT TO CARS PASSING BY–
BY–WHICH SHE DID. I THINK THIS IS UNDERSTANDING
THAT WE HAVE A GOOD MARKET, THAT YEAR OVER YEAR IT’S GOING TO BE
MORE DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE THAT. WE HAVE TO REALLY UNDERSTAND HOW WE’RE DIFFERENT THAN OTHER
INSTITUTIONS. AND HOW ARE WE GOING TO FULFILL
THOSE PROMISES TO OUR STUDENTS WHO HAVE CHOSEEN US?
I GO TO A NUMBER OF THE ORIENTATIONS EACH YEAR.
I THINK I WENT TO SIX OR SEVEN THIS YEAR.
I ALWAYS SAY THANK YOU TO THE STUDENTS FOR CHOOSEING US.
AND IT REALLY IS–AND I WANT TO SHARE WITH EVERYONE HERE AS I
DID REALLY QUICK STORY ON THE SIDE.
MARCIA AND I WERE UP AT BAY HARBOR.
THIS COUPLE COMES UP AFTER HAVING DINNER, AND WE’RE THERE
ABOUT DONORS, BENEFACTORS, AND FRIENDS OF THE UNIVERSITY.
THIS WOMAN PUTS HER HAND ON MY SHOULDER AND SAYS, YOU’RE T HAAS
HAAS. I SAID YEP.
SHE SAID, I WANT TO TELL YOU MY DO YOU HAD THE BEST EXPERIENCE
AT GRAND VALLEY UNIVERSITY. SHE COULD HAVE GONE TO DUKE, U.
U. OF M. BUT NO, SHE WANTED TO GO TO GRAND VALLEY, AND NOW SHE
WANTS TO GO TO GRAD SCHOOL, TOO. YOU ALL EXHIBITED GENUINE
SUPPORT, GENUINE INTEREST IN DAUGHTER.
NOW MY SON IS LOOKING AT COMEING I THINK THAT IS A DEMONSTRATION
OF SOME OF WHAT WE ARE HERE AS AN UNIVERSITY .
WE HAVE TO BE GENUINELY INTEREST INTERESTED IN OUR STUDENTS.
WITH THAT IN MIND, I DO THINK WE RETENTION.
THAT’S THE COIN OF THE REALM.
WE REALLY HAVE 20 UNDERSTAND TO UNDERSTAND
THAT WE HAVE TO IMPROVE OUR ACADEMYIC ADVISING, AND WE HAVE REALIZE
WE HAVE RELEVANT CURRICULUM IN PLACE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF
THAT STUDENT. AND OF COURSE, THE FINANCIAL AID PACKAGES THAT GO ALONG WITH IT,
TOO. AGAIN, ACCESS AND AFFORDABLE
ILITY. HERE ARE A COUPLE OF INTERESTING FACTOIDS, OVER THE PAST TEN
YEARS WE’VE SEEN INCREASE OF STUDENT NUMBERS 8%.
AND LET’S MAKE SURE WE DON’T GROW 3, 3%, 4%, 5% YEAR OVER
YEAR, AND WE CAN’T OUTRUN OUR SUPPLY
LINES. WE DIDN’T REALIZE THAT IN ’06
’06 BECAUSE IT LOOKED LIKE THINGS WERE GOING TO CONTINUE TO GROW.
BUT THE BOARD GAVE ME GREAT DIRECTION TO KNOW THAT WE
WOULDN’T BE SO BIG TO BE BIG AND WE’VE SEEN AN INCREASE OF 8% IN
HEAD COUNT. BUT HERE’S THE REALLY GOOD NEWS, THE ONE WE CAN ABOUT ON IN TERMS OF THE FUTURE IN RETENTION, AND
WE’VE SEEN THE NUMBER OF GRADUATES INCREASE BY 25% IN
THAT SAME PERIOD OF TIME. YOU ALL ARE DOING YOUR JOB.
WE’RE DOING THE JOB TOGETHER. HOWEVER, WE NEED TO DO IT BETTER
BETTER. THERE ARE SOME INSTITUTIONS IN
STATE OF MICHIGAN, TWO OF WHICH, ARE.
WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THEM. THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.
ONE HAS THE COLOR GREEN. ONE HAS THE COLOR BLUE, BUT NO
ONE HAS A LAKEER. I KNOW THAT WE CAN AND WE MUST
DO THAT. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT
WHATEVER POSITION YOU HAVE ON ON ON ON
THE CAMPUS, WHATEVER POSITION YOU HAVE–I REMEMBER MY FIRST
YEAR, INTEREST WAS A WOMAN ON
THE STAFF SAYING I I LOVE OUR STUDENTS.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN HERE? I’VE BEEN HERE 30 YEARS WORKING.
I LOVE OUR STUDENTS BECAUSE THEY’RE MY FAMILY. SHE GOT IT, DIDN’T SHE?
I LIKE THAT. WHEN I SEE ONE OF OUR STAFF
MEMBERS WALKING ALONG THE ROADWAY, GOT OUT OF THE CAR AND
PICKED UP AN ERRANT CUP, AND PUT WE CARE ABOUT THIS PLACE, AND WE DEMONSTRATE THAT CARE ABOUT THE
STUDENTS AND THE PLACE, WE’LL BE RETENTION.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR STUDENTS STAY, PROGRESSING
TOWARDS THAT DEGREE. WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE OFFERING
OFFERING, BECAUSE I HAVE TAKEN THOSE DOLLARS WE GET FROM OUR
PERFORMANCE FUNDING, AND I PUT IT RIGHT BACK TO STUDENTS IN THE GRAND FINISH, THAT 10% CUT TO
STATE TUITION. IT’S WORKS.
WE’RE SEEING LITERALLY THOUSANDS PARENTS.
BECAUSE THEY’RE REAPING THE BENEFIT OF YOUR WORK.
WE WANT TO GET THEM OUT BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN YET THAT A STUDENT
GRADUATEING IN FOUR YEARS JUST UNDER 40% OF THEM HAVE NO DEBT.
THAT’S A GOOD PLACE FOR US TO BE BE.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CONTINUE–AND CHRIS BARBIE WAS
THINKING AHEAD .
I ALWAYS ASKED HIM AT THIS POINT HAVE?
IT’S OVER 111,000 OUT THERE U.
BUT WE HAVE TO STAY THE COURSE DURING THESE TIMES.
EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS THE VALUE OF EDUCATION, AND IN TERMS OF A
SYSTEM AS WELL. AND THAT IS, IN FACT, WHAT I
CALL THE PUBLIC GOOD. AND I’LL TELL YOU THAT OUR
NOTION OF THE PUBLIC GOOD IS REALLY EMBRACEED IN A STRATEGIC
PLAN AND OUR STRATEGIC DECISION MAKING.
ANOTHER CHALLENGE IS THAT WE DO HAVE TO CONTINUE TO DEBUNK SOME
MYTHS SURROUNDING EDUCATION. AND ONE OF THOSE THAT I GET
REALLY FRUSTRATEED WITH IN THE PRESS, AND I COULDN’T READ IT,
MATT, BUT I DO, BECAUSE HE SENDS ONE OF THOSE IS THAT A COLLEGE
DEGREE ISN’T NECESSARY. WE HEAR THAT WITH LEGISLATIVE
OFFICIALS SOMETIMES–WHO ALL HAVE COLLEGE DEGREES.
I WONDER WHY THAT BE THE CASE? I THINK ALL OF OUR WORK IS TO BE LAUDED.
I THINK WE’RE IN A NOBLE PROFESSION. WHEN YOU HAVE THAT DEGREE, YOU
HAVE THE FREEDOM TO CHOSE YOUR CAREER AND MOVE FORWARD WITH IT, AND OH, BY THE WAY, THE STATE
DOES, TOO, THOSE WHO HAVE A DEGREE USUALLY HAVE A HIGHER
WAGE, AND THEREFORE PAY HIGHING TAXES.
WE’LL CONTINUE TO SHOW OUR FRIENDS IN LANCING HOW IMPORTANT WE BELIEVE THE VALUE OF A DEGREE FROM GRAND VALLEY TRULY IS.
SOME OF THOSE SKILLS SETS THAT WE CAN DEMONSTRATE TO THOSE THAT ARE QUESTIONING THE VALUE, WE’RE PRODUCEING GRADUATES–AND SHAPE
ING THEM, TOO–WITH CRITICAL-THINK
CRITICAL-THINKING SKILLS, THOSE WHO WORK WITH DIFFERENT
DISCIPLINES. I LOVE THE WORK POLL NATION WORK POLL NATION.
AND IT REALLY IS BECAUSE A STRONG
UNDERPINNING OF LIBERAL ARTS AND ED WE’RE ABLE TO EXPOSE OUR
STUDENTS TO IDEAS, AND THEY CAN JUST TAKE THOSE AND BE MORE
CREATIVE. I KNOW THAT THE ARTS THEMSELVES
ALSO RESULT IN HAVING AN INDIVIDUAL, GROUPS OF
INDIVIDUALS WHO CAN BE EFFECTIVE CREATIVE SOLUTIONS.
IF YOU LOOK AND LISTEN TO OUR INDUSTRY LEADERS, RANDY, THAT’S
WHAT FOLKS ARE LOOKING FOR. THEY’RE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO
CAN WORK IN TEAMS, BE A PERSON OF GREAT CHARACTER, AND REALLY
LEND TO THE TEAM EFFORT IN THE MISSION IN A PARTICULAR BUSINESS OR ORGANIZATION, WHETHER IT BE
FOR-PROFIT OR NOT-FOR-PROFIT. BUT THE MESSAGE THAT WE HAVE TO
ALL OF US TOGETHER WITH WHOM WE ARE TALKING WITH WHENEVER WE
TALK ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY IS THAT GRAND VALLEY IS RELEVANT.
YOU’VE HEARD ME SAY THAT TIME AND AGAIN OVER THE YEARS.
GRAND VALLEY IS RELEVANT TO OUR STUDENTS FOR THEIR FAMILIES, AND FOR OUR COMMUNITIES. AND AT THIS INSTITUTION WE’RE
COMMITTED TO THE MAKE IT AFFORDABLE
AND ACCESSIBLE TO MORE PEOPLE, CONTRIBUTING TO THE HEALTH OF
OUR STATE. ONE OF MY ENDEAVORS THIS PAST
YEAR WAS TO SAY YES TO THE GOVERNOR, AND CHAIR THE 21ST
21ST CENTURY EDUCATION COMMISSION.
WE HAD AN EFFECTIVE GROUP OF 24 MEMBERS–5 INCLUDING
MEMBERS–25 INCLUDING ME–AND WE 5,000 HOURS
OF EFFORT. IT’S CALLED “A BLUEPRINT FOR
EDUCATEING MICHIGAN’S RESIDENTS TO BUILD THE BEST BUSINESSES,
WIN THE BEST JOBS, AND ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM”.”
SO WE DID. A VERY EFFECTIVE GROUP–WE
CALLED IT B 20.
WELL, THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS, IT HAD A LONG COMMITMENT–LONG-
COMMITMENT–LONG-STANDING COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC EDUCATION.
I GOT TOM BUTCHER IN THE MIX. AND DO YOU REMEMBER, TOM, I
ASKED YOU, LET’S GO BACK? LET’S SEE FROM THE CONSTITUTION
RIGHT NOW, IT SAYS THAT EDUCATION IS THE PUBLIC GOOD,
AND WE HAVE TO THEN SUPPORT THERETO.
I WANT TO KNOW HOW FAR BACK IT WENT?
IT WENT BACK TO 1787 IN THE NORTHWEST ORDINANCES.
THE SAME LANGUAGE THEN IS WHAT WE SEE NOW , ALMOST VERBATIM.
SO FOR NOW FOR GENERATIONS, I THINK THAT REALLY DEMONSTRATES
CLEARLY THE INTENT OF THE CITIZENS THROUGH THOSE DECADES,
THOSE CENTURYIES. NOW WE’RE 2017, WE TRULY ARE
WANTING TO BE CONSISTENT WITH THAT MESSAGE THAT EDUCATION AT
GRAND VALLEY DELIVERING ON THE PUBLIC GOOD.
AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS VERY CLEAR, AND IT’S QUITE
STRIKING TO ME IS WHEN YOU GO BACK TO THE CREATION OF THE
NORTHWEST ORDINANCES, HOW MANY TIMES THE AUTHORS THEMSELVES
SPOKE OF A HAPPYINESS OF THE PEOPLE.
HAPPYINESS NOT JUST OF INDIVIDUALS, BUT OF AMERICANS AS A PEOPLE.
IT’S UNFORTUNATE THAT WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT THAT AS WE SHOULD
TODAY. BUT WASHINGTON, ADAMS, JEFFERSON
JEFFERSON, HAMILTON, ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT EDUCATION WAS LINK
LINKED TO HAPPY OF THE PEOPLE. THAT’S WHY I DON’T THINK IT
SHOULD CHANGE. IT SHOULDN’T CHANGE IN 2017.
IT PROMOTES HAPPYINESS, IT EXPANDS PEOPLE’S VISION.
THEIR AUDACITY, SKILL SETS AND CHOICES AND OPPORTUNITYIES AND
IMAGINATION OF HOW TO WORK TOGETHER FOR THAT COMMON GOOD. IN FACT, THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTE CHALLENGES US IN HIGHER
EDUCATION TO ASK: ARE WE A LEADER?
A LADDER? OR A LAGGARD?
FOR THOSE WHO ARE SUPPORTING GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY,
AND THOSE WHO AREN’T HERE, YES, THEY’RE HERE IN SPIRIT, KAREN.
I KNOW THIS. WE ARE A LEADER.
BECAUSE OF YOUR DEDICATION, WE’RE A LEADER IN OUR CLASS.
WE’RE DEFINITELY PROVIDING THAT LADDER OF OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR
STUDENTS AND HELPING THEM DEVELOP POTENTIAL SO THEY CAN
CONTINUE TO CONTRIBUTE. I’M JUST ABOUT DONE READING TOM
FRIEDMAN’S NEW BOOK. I REALLY ENJOY TOM FRIEDMAN’S
WRITEING. HE WROTE “THE WORLD IS FLAT”.”
NOW MANY DECADES AGO THEY WERE
TALKING ABOUT THE ACCELERATION OF CHANGE.
AND I THINK IT’S GOING ALONG A SLOPE THAT IT’S ACCELERATEING
FASTER. IT REALLY IS GOING FASTER AND
FASTER. AND FUELED WITH TECHNOLOGY AND
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE ENVIRONMENT, AND SOCIETY ITSELF.
SO WE’RE OPERATEING IN THIS CONTEXT.
AND IN ORDER TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE, WE AT THIS INSTITUTION
MUST CONTINUE TO ADAPT. WE HAVE TO BE NIMBLE, AS TOM
BUTCHER AND I WERE CHATTING ABOUT.
BUT GIVEN MY READING ABOUT THAT PARTICULAR BOOK AND TOM FRIEDMAN
FRIEDMAN’S WORK, I THINK THIS UNIVERSITY HAS AN UNIQUE
CHARACTERISTIC, THAT WE’RE ADAPTIVELY STABLE.
I LIKE THAT PARADOX. AND AS A CHEMIST THAT TIES IN TO HIS PRINCIPLE.
IF YOU PRESS ONE, YOU HAVE TO SEE WHERE THE RELEASE POINTS ARE TO RE-ESTABLISH THAT STABILITY.
BUT HERE WE HAVE TO BE ADAPTIVE ADAPTIVELY STABLE.
WE HAVE TO BE NIMBLE WITHOUT A DOUBT.
AND I REALLY APPRECIATED TOM’S CONVERSATION WITH ME AS I WAS
TRYING SOME OF THESE OUT. THEREFORE, I THINK WE HAVE TO
CONTINUE TO INNOVATE. WE HAVE TO BE ENTREPRENEURIAL,
KEEP THOSE INITIATIVES, AND KEEP OUR STRATEGIC PLAN.
OUR STRATEGIC PLAN IS GIVING US THE PATHWAY FORWARD.
AS WE LOOK AHEAD IN THE NEXT YEAR AND YEAR AND A HALF BECAUSE NOVEMBER 18 WE HAVE OUR VISIT
WITH THE HIGHER LEARNING COMMISSION.
AND CHRIS PL, UOFFE AND SO MANY OTHERS ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THE
EFFORT FOR OUR ASSURANCE ARGUMENT.
IT’S DIFFERENT, ASTHMA AS– AS–AS MARIA HAS
POINTED OUT, WE’VE HAD A SET OF ACTIVITYIES WE HAD TO CHECK OFF, AND THEN THE TEAM WOULD COME IN
AND SAY OKAY, YOU’RE DOING WHAT YOU NEED TO DO.
NOW IT’S DIFFERENT, AND WE HAVE TO ACHIEVE THROUGH EVIDENCE THAT WE’RE ACHIEVEING OUR OUTCOMES.
IT DOES REINFORCE WHAT WE’RE DOING FOR OUR STUDENTS AND
MAKING THOSE CHANGES THAT WE NEED TO BE RELEVANT IN THEIR
MINDS AND OURS AS WELL. ALL IN KEEPING WITH ATTENTION TO QUALITY.
WE HAVE TO. THAT’S WHAT THE STUDENTS DESERVE IN US.
WE HAVE TO RATCHET IT UP, AND WE’LL MEASURE IT ALONG THE WAY.
THAT’S WHAT WE NEED TO DO. WE TRULY DO.
SO I REALLY BELIEVE WE’RE NOT A LAGGARD IN THIS REGARD, WITHOUT
A DOUBT. SO LET ME SHIFT JUST A LITTLE
BIT NOW TO GO THROUGH SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF LAST YEAR, BECAUSE THIS KIND OF ILLUMINATES WHY WE
ARE A LEADER IN OUR SPACE IN THIS PLACE WE CALL GRAND VALLEY
STATE UNIVERSITY. AND WHY WE’RE A LEADER IN
ACHIEVEING THE PUBLIC GOOD FOR OUR STATE, REGION.
WELL, WE’RE BUILDING, WE’RE SHAPEING, WE’RE CREATING
PROGRAMS PROGRAMS.
WE’RE BUILDING THOSE PROGRAMS, AND BY THE WAY, WE’RE BUILDING
THE BUILDINGS THAT WILL MATTER FOR OUR FUTURE.
THESE PARTICULAR SPACES IN THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT WILL
SUPPORT PEOPLE WHO WILL TEACH AND LEARN IN THOSE SPACES.
WE’VE HAD A BUSY SUMMER. WE’VE HAD A BUSY YEAR LAST YEAR.
JAMES, THOUGH, IS THE SUMMER OVER YET? SOME HAVE USED THE SUMMER,
PLANNED ACCORDINGLY AND USED THE BETTER.
BUT IT HAS BEEN A BUSY SUMMER. AND TALK ABOUT ADAPTIVE
STABILITY AND BEING NIMBLE. WE JUST PURCHASED THE FIRST
COFFEE BUILDING.
PAUL PLOTKOWSKY HAS BEEN BUSY PLANNING USES FOR THAT WONDERFUL BUILDING.
IT’S PERFECT FOR OUR NEEDS, AND I’M LOOKING AHEAD–GENERATIONS
AHEAD OF HOW MUCH HOW MANY ENGINEERING
STUDENTS AND OTHERS WHO WILL BE SUPPORTED IN THAT FACILITY.
AND BY THE WAY, THE COFFEE SHOP WILL STAY OPEN. WELL, THIS PARTICULAR PUMPS
LENDS ITSELF TO BEING AN EXAMPLE OF
BEING EFFICIENT. IT WILL SAVE US FROM
CONSTRUCTING NEW BUILDINGS. IT ALLOWS US TO MOVE IN NEXT
SUMMER. IT ALLOWS US TO SERVE STUDENTS
WITH THE FACULTY WHO WILL SUPPORT THEM, AND IT WILL CALL
FOR SPACES WHO WILL BE INNOVATE ED
BECAUSE WE’LL BRING IN STUDENTS FROM OTHER DISCIPLINES RIGHT
INTO THAT SPACE AS WELL TO GIVE OUR STUDENTS GREATER CAPACITY
AND COMPETENCYIES AS THEY MOVE FORWARD.
ONE OF THE AREAS THAT I’M VERY PROUD OF, TOO, IS OUR STUDENTS
DO GET THE OPPORTUNITY OF TEST TESTING THINGS OUT, AND SO MANY
OTHERS USING OUR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM AND STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM
PROGRAM, AND THEY CAN BROADEN THEMSELVES OUT AND BECOME MORE
EFFECTIVE IN THE MARKETPLACE AS THEY GO FOR JOBS, AND MORE
EFFECTIVE WHEN THEY’RE IN THOSE JOBS AS WELL. I THINK THIS PARTICULAR EXAMPLE
RESONATES WITH WHAT I JUST SAID WITH REGARDS TO BEING INNOVATIVE
INNOVATIVE, ENTREPRENEURIAL AND COST EFFECTIVE.
I LOVE THE FACT THAT WE’LL BE ABLE TO PARTNER WITH OTHER
BUSINESS PARTNERS IN THAT SPACE, THIS ALL IS A DEMONSTRATION, I
THINK, OF THE VALUE OF GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY.
I’M GOING TO SAY THIS REPEATEDLY REPEATEDLY, SO I HOPE YOU TAKE
IT HOME WITH WITH YOU: EDUCATION IS A
PUBLIC GOOD. GRAND VALUE IS VALLEY IS
DELIVERING ON THAT PUBLIC GOOD.
THE STATE OF KNOWLEDGE, THAT PRINCIPLE, AND WE’VE HAD VERY
SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES IN THE INVESTMENT OF JUST OVER
$29 MILLION AND A FACILITY THAT WILL GO NEXT TO THE CHS DOWNTOWN
DOWNTOWN. JOHN KENNEDY AND MATT McLOGAN,
THEY WORKED TIRELESSLY IN EXPLANATION OF OUR HISTORY OF
POSITIVE RESULTS AND OUR GOALS FOR THE LAWMAKERS IN LANCING.
AND THEY HEARD US. THEY TRULY DID.
I’M GRATEFUL FOR THEIR SUPPORT. THEY’RE INVESTING IN THE PUBLIC
GOOD. AT GRAD VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY.
YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE WE’RE DELIVERING ON THAT PUBLIC GOOD.
IT’S PHENOMENAL. IT TRULY IS.
THANK YOU, MATT, AND JOHN WILL BE HERE LATER, AND THE BOARD IS
VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THAT GOING FORWARD.
THIS WILL HELP TO HAVE THAT CAMPUS ON THE MEDICAL MILE, AS
WE ENVISIONED MANY YEARS AGO. IT’S GOING TO GO RIGHT NEXT TO
THE COOK-DeVOS CENTER.
WE ALSO ANNOUNCEED IN APRIL OR ACTUALLY IT WAS IN JULY OF
$70 MILLION PROJECT THAT WILL EN ENABLE OUR STUDENTS WHO ARE
STUDYING IN NURSING AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS THAT WILL BE THERE,
THEY’LL START CONSTRUCTION, AND I CAN SEE UP ON THAT HILL BY
BY 2012 WE’LL HAVE EVERYONE JUST
SMILEING. THE DEAN’S AND THE PROVOSTS–AND I KNOW THIS GUY WILL BE.
YES, WE ARE A LEADER. WE’RE THE LEADING PROVIDEER OF
HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS IN THE REGION.
BUT THE DEMAND HAS EXCEEDED OUR CAPACITY TO PROVIDE QUALITY ESPECIALLY AT THE GRAD LEVEL.
I CAME INTO WORK, I GOT INTO THE SAYS, ARE YOU DR. HAAS?
YES. OH, I JUST GRADUATEED.
A NURSE. THEN I GO INTO SPECTRUM, AND
THERE IS A WOMAN IN A WHITE JACKET WHO SAID, YOU’RE T HAAS.
I SAID YES, I’M GROGGY AT THAT POINT.
YEAH. SHE WAS A P.A.
SHE AID YOU HELPED ME WITH MY JACKET.
YEAH, THEY’RE AROUND. AND I’M VERY PROUD THAT I CAN
SAY THAT THEY’RE IMPACTING OUR REGION, WITHOUT A DOUBT.
BUT WE NEED TO LOOK AHEAD. WE HAVE A LOOK AHEAD WITH THIS
CAMPUS, WITH THE FINKELSTEIN HALL IN LAFAYETTE.
THAT WILL OPEN UP IN MAY. WITH GREAT EFFORTS WITH THE
DEVELOPMENT TEAM AND GREAT EFFORTS WITH THOSE WHO ARE IN
NURSING AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS TO IDENTIFY THE RELEVANCE AGAIN.
SO THIS WILL HELP PROVIDE THE TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE IN THESE PARTICULAR AREAS.
AND AGAIN, WE’RE LEADING. WE’RE PRODUCEING GRADUATES THAT
ARE SO IMPORTANT TO FULFILL THE JOBS IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY.
THAT’S WHERE THE NEED IS TREMENDOUS. ANYONE HERE ANECDOTALLY, EVER
SEE A DOCTOR, A NURSE OR P.A. THAT COMES FROM GRAND VALLEY?
WOW, OKAY. IT TRULY IS.
WE’RE MAKEING THAT IMPACT, AND IT’S WONDERFUL TO SEE.
WELL, THESE BUILDINGS ARE ALSO A US, AND SHOWS THAT THE WE’RE
WORKING WITH OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AS WELL.
IT’S DIFFERENT WORKING IN AVONDALE THAN WORKING IN GRAND
RAPIDS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE TO BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR AND STRONG
COMMUNITY PARTNER AS WELL. WE HAVE THE FINKELSTEIN HALL
NEIGHBORHOOD. AND PAT WARING AND JAMES MOYER
AND TOM BUTCHER, AND OTHERS WORKED CLOSELY WITH OUR
NEIGHBORS THERE. THERE WAS ALWAYS THE TENSION OF
CHANGE, BUT WE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO IT WITH AN UNDERSTANDING AND
ABILITY TO LISTEN. AND THE RESULT DID TURN OUT TO
BE JUST THAT. WE HAVE A SOLUTION THAT WAS
ENDORSEED BY THE NEIGHBORS, ENDORSEED BY US, AND ENDORSEED
BY THE CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS.
WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WAS THE DAYS.
IT MIGHT HAVE TAKEN A LONGER TIME, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY
THAT’S A GOOD INVESTMENT IN THAT THANK YOU FOR THAT LEADERSHIP.
SO THAT MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTAND UNDERSTANDING THAT WE SIGNED
INCLUDING HIRING RESIDENTS FOR ON-SITE JOBS.
BUILDING AFFORDABLE HOUSEING AS PART OF THE PROJECT, AND GOING
BACK TO THE CITY WITH PAYMENTS AND LOWER TAXES.
IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. AFTER ALL, GRAND VALLEY IS THE
URBAN UNIVERSITY FOR GRAND RAPIDS.
YES, WE HAVE THIS BIFORCATION OF WE HAVE WITH GRAND RAPIDS IS
PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT. WE CARE ABOUT OUR STUDENTS, AND
WE CARE ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY. EDUCATION IS A PUBLIC GOOD, AND
WE’RE DELIVERING. IT’S A PUBLIC GOOD WITH A GREAT
DEAL OF PRIVATE SUPPORT. WE’RE BUSY COLLECTING DONORS AND INVESTORS TO OUR MISSIONS SO
THESE PROJECTS ARE APPEALING SO THAT THE DONORS AND INVESTORS
SEE A RETURN ON THEIR INVESTMENT INVESTMENT.
THEY SEE IT WITH THE STUDENTS THAT ARE NOW STAYING IN OUR
STATE, IN OUR COMMUNITY. 84% OF OUR STUDENTS WHO GRADUATE
GRADUATED RECENTLY ARE STILL IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, EITHER
GOING TO GRAD SCHOOL. MOST OF THEM STARTING THEIR
CAREERS OR IN THEIR CAREERS AS WELL. SO IT IS A PUBLIC GOOD, AND
WE’RE DELIVERING WITH GREAT PRIVATE SUPPORT.
SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CONTINUE TO BUILD PROGRAMS THAT
CAN BE DEVELOPED AND STUDENTS CAN THRIVE.
SO WE ARE WATCHING, WE HAVE LAUNCHED THE LAKEER PERFECT
EFFECT COMPREHENSIVE CAMPAIGN BACK IN
JUNE. IT REALLY IS AN AUDACIOUS GOAL.
WE SAID WE WERE GOING TO GO FOR $50 MILLION.
ONE OF THE MEMBERS SAID THAT’S A YEAH, LET’S GO FOR IT.
BUT WE ENDED UP WITH $98 MILLION
$98 MILLION. THAT WAS DURING THE DOWN TURN OF THE RECESSION.
BECAUSE PEOPLE KNOW THAT THEY CAN INVEST HERE.
AND NOW WE CELEBRATE OUR 60TH, 60TH, AND WHAT IS GREAT TO SHARE WITH YOU IS THAT WE’RE HALFWAY
THERE ALREADY. ISN’T THAT GREAT?
WE’RE HALFWAY THERE ALREADY. BUT NOW THE HEAVY LIFT IS TO GET THE OTHER HALF, AND WE WILL.
WE’LL GET THERE BY 2020 BECAUSE OUR PLAN IS TO HELP STUDENTS
SUCCEED. WE WANT TO GIVE THEM–WE WANT TO GIVE THE EMPLOYERS ACCESS TO
THIS GREAT CONSTANTLY , AND THEY
EXPECT IT FROM GRAND VALLEY. THAT’S CALLED THE
TRANSFORMATIONAL POWER OF GRAND VALLEY.
IT’S ALL ABOUT OUR STUDENTS AND COMMUNITYIES AND THE POTENTIAL
THAT WE CAN DO. WHAT WE SAY IN THE MATERIALS OF
THE LAKEER EFFECT COMPREHENSIVE CAMPAIGN IT’S THE POWER OF WHAT
CAN BE. SO OUR GOAL IS TO MORE THAN
DOUBLE THE CURRENT NUMBER OF SCHOLARSHIP
SCHOLARSHIPS AND SPREES THE
SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS AND PROVIDE MENTORING, AND EXPERIENTIAL
LEARNING. WE INTEND TO PUT $52 MILLION
TOWARDS ACADEMYIC PROGRAMS, THAT’S AUDACIOUS, BUT WE’RE
GOING TO DO IT. WE’RE ON OUR OWN, AND BECAUSE OF THAT WE HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY OF
BEING STRATEGIC IN THOSE INVESTMENTS.
BUT WE COULDN’T DO THIS WITHOUT ALL OF YOU CONTRIBUTING WHAT YOU DO DAY IN AND DAY OUT.
AND ALSO ONE THING THAT IS VERY INTERESTING FOR ME BEING IN
OTHER INSTITUTIONS ALONG THE WAY INSTITUTION VERY SPECIAL OVER 52
52% OF OUR FACULTY AND STAFF GIVE BACK TO THIS UNIVERSITY IN
SOME FASHION. MONETARILYILY.
52%. THE AVERAGE FOR A PUBLIC
INSTITUTION LIKE US, COMPREHENSIVE, MAYBE 10% AT THE
MOMENT. YOU ALL–WE ALL GET IT.
WE’RE INVESTING IN OUR FUTURE TOGETHER.
ISN’T THAT GREAT? I’M SO PROUD OF EVERY SINGLE
PERSON HERE BECAUSE WE’RE INVEST INVESTING IN OUR FUTURE, AND IN
OUR STUDENTS. NOT ONLY THAT, BUT INVEST IN
TIME AND TALENT IN STUDENTS ALONG THE WAY.
THAT’S AMAZEING. WE TALK ABOUT TALENT TIME AND
AGAIN AND AGAIN. AND THAT BRINGS US WITH A SMILE
AS I MENTION FAMILY HERE AS WELL MARCIA AND I ARE SO PLEASEED AS
WE START OUR 1ST YEAR TOGETHER, WE HAVE OUR NEWLY RENOVATEED AND ADDED TO HOW MUCH TIME NOW, FOUR TIMES?
FIVE TIMES? FIVE TIMES THE CENTER FOR
PERFORMING ARTS. AND AFTER THIS EXTENSIVE RE
REMODELING, MARCIA AND I FELT VERY BLESSED, AND WE FELT IT WAS THE RIGHT TIME AND COMMUNICATEED TO OUR CHILDREN THAT WE’VE ENJOY
ENJOYED THE INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCES OF OUR STUDENTS AND THE FACULTY, THE TALENT THERE IS SECOND TO NONE, REALLY WORLD
CLASS. WE COULDN’T BE MORE PROUD AND
OFFER OUR INVESTMENT INTO THIS SPACE WHEN WE’LL BE SO PROUD
THROUGH THE YEARS, AND OUR FAMILIES AS WELL AS THEY COME
BACK TO UNIVERSITY, AND GENERATIONS AHEAD AND SEE THE
HAAS CENTER. I’M SO PROUD OF THAT.
[APPLAUSE] I SAID THIS TIME AND AGAIN TO
BENEFACTORS, WE HAVE GREAT BUILDINGS.
WE HAVE THESE ENVIRONMENTS, BUT WHAT GOES ON INSIDE IS TRULY
WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT. WITH A TALENTED FACULTY, THE
STAFF TO SUPPORT, WONDERFUL STUDENTS, THEY ARE CHALLENGEED.
AND WHETHER IT BE IN THE PERFORM PERFORMING ARTS IN THE CLASSROOM
CLASSROOM, OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOMS, WHEN THEY’RE GOING
OVERSEAS. WHEN THEY’RE COMPETEING IN
COLLEGIATE SPORTS, 12 DIRECTORS CUPS OUT OF THE LAST 14 YEARS.
THAT’S PRETTY REMARKABLE. I’M GOING TO GO OFF SCRIPT FOR A SECOND.
LET’S THINK ABOUT THAT. 12 DIRECTORS CUPS, AND NOW TO A
FOR-PROFIT CONSTITUTION THAT WENT — CONSTITUTION–INSTITUTION.
THERE IS ONLY A COUPLE WITH MORE WE ARE.
WHEN WE SEE IT IN THE PERFORMING INDIVIDUALS GO OUT IN THEIR
CAREERS AND JUST REMARKABLE. I CAN RATTLE NAMES OFF, BUT
THERE WAS ONE GENTLEMAN, ROBERT McFARLANE.
SO MY GOODNESS, IF I COULD HAVE ANOTHER SON, I WOULD TAKE HIM.
HE WAS SO GOOD IN TERMS OF WHAT HE WAS ABLE TO DO, AND HE FINDS
HIMSELF HERE AT THIS UNIVERSITY AND CONTINUES ON IF IN HIS PASSION.
WHAT GOES ON IS REALLYIEN REALLY GREAT.
I HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US THIS AFTERNOON. NEW FACULTY AND STAFF ARE COMING TO GO PART OF GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY.
AND WE CELEBRATE AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH ACADEMYIC YEAR BECAUSE OF OUR MISSION.
YES, WE HAVE A CONVOCATION. IT’S A RITE OF PASSAGE, BUT
WE’RE CELEBRATING AT THIS POINT POINT–JUST TAKE A MOMENT IN
TIME AND CELEBRATE OUR MISSION TO SHAPE STUDENT LIVES,
PROFESSIONS AND SOCIETY. THAT’S A NOBLE CAUSE.
EVERY TIME I COME BACK AND HEAR THAT MISSION OR REPORT IT BACK
TO YOU OR REPORT IT BACK TO OTHERS, I STILL COME BACK TO
THAT WORD “SHAPE,” OH MY GOODNESS, IS THAT AN EVER-
EVER-POWERFUL WORD. WE’RE SHAPEING THE FUTURE.
WE’RE SHAPEING THE FUTURE WITH OUR STUDENTS AND WITH OTHERS.
THAT REALLY IS ABOUT THE LAKEER EFFECT.
WE’RE SHAPEING THE TALENT, WE’RE AND WE MAKE A REAM DIFFERENCE IN EVERY COMMUNITY THAT WE SERVE .
WE HAVE STUDENTS NOW FROM EVERY COUNTY IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, SIGNIFICANT NUMBERS FROM ACROSS
THE STATE WHICH ARE WE ARE AT TRACTING
STUDENTS FROM CHICAGO AND ILLINOIS, AND THEY’RE STAYING
HERE–YES. AND IT’S INTERESTING TO SEE HOW
WE ARE, IN FACT, CONTRIBUTING TO COMMUNITIES.
THAT’S CALLED THE LAKEER EFFECT. SO WE AFFECT THE LOCAL ECONOMY.
THE ECONOMIC IMPACT IS BEFORE WE KNOW IT, IT WILL BE
$1 BILLION BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE WE’RE GOING TO BE HEADING FOR.
WE EFFECT PEOPLE. WE HAVE A STUDENT WHO DESIGNED
AN APP THAT CONNECTS SEASONAL FARM WORKERS WITH THE FARMS THAT ARE HIRING.
WE HAVE A STUDENT IN COLLEGE WHO PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.
WE HAVE AN INTERDISCIPLINARY GROUP MADEED UP OF ENGINEERING,
PSYCHOLOGY AND FACULTY STUDENTS WHO ARE HELPING STUDENTS WITH
DISABILITYIES TO BECOME MOBILE AND GAIN THAT INDEPENDENCE.
WE HAVE STUDENTS WHO RAISE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO BUY
SHOES FOR THAT GROW FOR ORPHANS IN
TANZANIA. WE HAVE STUDENTS HELPING NASA.
DID YOU HEAR ME SAY THAT? WE HAVE STUDENTS HELPING NASA.
THEY GATHER MULTIPLE SAMPLES OF PARTICLES, AND THEN THEY GO TO
THE JOHNSON CENTER TO TEST IT OUT.
WE HAVE STUDENTS WORK WITH THE GRAND RAPIDS SYMPHONY. WE HAVE A GROUP OF STUDENTS FROM HOSPITALITY, TOURISM AND
MANAGEMENT PROGRAM WHO SPENT TWO CANNES FILMEL FESTIVAL.
WE HAVE STUDENTS WORKING ON DRUG OTHERS WORKING ON PAR WIN SON
PARKINSON’S RESEARCH.
WE’RE DELIVERING ON THE INVESTMENT OF THE STATE.
WE’RE DELIVERING ON THE INVESTMENT OF STUDENTS ON THEIR
TUITION DOLLARS AND THAT OF THEIR PARENTS AS WELL.
WE’RE TURNING ON THE INVESTMENTS UNIVERSITY.
AND WE’RE SHAPEING. WE’RE PRODUCEING GRADUATES WHO
WILL IMPROVE OUR COMPANIES, OUR NON-PROFITS AND OUR COMMUNITIES
AS WELL. WE HAVE A DEDICATEED FACULTY,
AND I’M PROUD OF EVERY ONE OF YOU.
AND YOU ARE ENABLEING THESE OUT OUTCOMES FOR OUR STUDENTS.
IT IS REMARKABLE TEAM WORK IN
ORDER TO ACHIEVE WHAT WE WANT FOR OUR STUDENTS.
WE ALSO ARE COMMUNITY FINDS TIME I WAS ASKED THIS QUESTION
EARLIER ON THIS WEEK. WHAT ABOUT COMMUNITY SERVICE?
IT TRULY IS–WE DO A REMARKABLE JOB.
WE’RE TAKING OUR TONIGHTS INTO OUR OTHER COMMUNITIES, AND SERVE
SERVING, AND IT COULD BE A WHOLE DISCIPLINE OR HELPING THAT
YOUNGSTER. IT’S ALL A MATTER OF OUR SERVICE
SERVICE. EVERY YEAR, HUNDREDS OF OUR
STUDENTS, ALONG WITH STAFF AND ALUMNI, I KNOW THE ALUMNI GET
OUT THERE, TOO, WITH THEIR LAKE ER
EFFECT SHIRTS, AND THEY’RE HELPING OUR COMMUNITIES WITH
PROJECTS THAT THEY CAN’T AFFORD TO TACKLE ON THEIR OWN.
WE TUTOR STUDENTS AND VOLUNTEER IN COUNTLESS OTHER WAYS.
IN MARCH 16 THE MEMBERS OF OUR FOOTBALL TEAM SWABBED THE INSIDE OF THEIR CHEEKS AND REGISTERED
AS POTENTIAL BONE MARROW DONORS. WELL, IN MAY ONE OF OUR TIGHT
ENDS DONATEED HIS CELLS TO A MAN COULD SAVE HIS LIFE.
THAT’S THE LAKEER EFFECT. THIS CAME OUT IN ONE 6 OUR
PUBLICATIONS YESTERDAY, GIVEN THE JOHN AWARD DEMONSTRATING HER COMMITMENT–THE ONLY PERSON IN
THE NATION–FOR ADVANCING CIVIC LEARNING AMONGST OUR GRADUATES.
AND THERE ARE SO MANY OTHERS THAT I COULD MENTION.
BUT IT TRULY IS THE LAKEER EFFECT
HAS NO BOUNDARIES. WE ARE, YOU ARE THE LAKEER
EFFECT ALONG WITH OUR STUDENTS.
SO THE FACT THAT I STARTED THIS ADDRESS WITH A LIST OF OUR
INSTITUTIONAL SUCCESSES AND IN WITH A SMALL SAMPLE OF
INDIVIDUAL IMPACT IS REALLY TESTIMONY TO THE EFFECT THAT YOU ALREADY HAD, AND THE ABILITY TO
CARRY OUT OUR MISSION INTO THE FUTURE.
WE HAVE A FUNDAMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY TO GIVE THE BEST
TO OUR STUDENTS AND TO EACH OTHER.
AND WE HAVE EMBARKED UPON OUR WORK THIS ACADEMY YEAR WITH
STRONG COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC EDUCATION.
IT IS A PUBLIC GOOD, AND OUR STUDENTS COME HERE WITH THE GOAL OF ENRICHING THEIR LIVES TO GET
THAT DEGREE. THAT DEGREE IS THE SYMBOL OF THE PUBLIC GOOD OF GRAND VALLEY
STATE UNIVERSITY THAT THEY HAVE ACHIEVEED WITH THEIR HARD WORK
AND EFFORTS, AND WITH YOUR ASSESSMENT THAT CAN DEMONSTRATE
THAT THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO CONTINUE TO MAKE THEIR MARK IN
THE WORLD. WHETHER THEY GO ON TO GRAD
SCHOOL OR GOING ON TO THEIR PROFESSIONS.
WE ARE ENRICHING THEM. WE’RE ENRICHING THEIR FAMILIES.
WE’RE ENRICHING THE FUTURE OF OUR COMMUNITIES.
THANK YOU FOR LISTENING. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORK YOU
DO. GO LAKEERS.
[APPLAUSE]>>IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE A
COUPLE OF MINUTES BEFORE WE HAVE SURE WOULD APPRECIATE.
QUESTIONS? AND WE DO HAVE SOME MICS FROM MY OFFICE HERE.
ANYONE?>>PRESIDENT HAAS, THANK YOU
VERY MUCH FOR YOUR ADDRESS. I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR WORDS.
>>STUDENTS-INCREASEED ACCESS INFORMATION CHANGE THE WAY THEY
WORK. A PLETHORA OF READILY AVAILABLE
INFORMATION, BUT THE NEED FOR SOFT SKILLS REMAIN CRITICAL TO
STUDENT DEVELOPMENT. CAN YOU PLEASE DISCUSS HOW GVSU
IS COMMITTED TO TEACHING THESE SOFT SKILLS IN THE DIGITAL AGE?
>>DID EVERYONE HEAR THE QUESTION?
I THINK THE A QUESTION OF DEVELOPING THE WHOLE PERSON.
I SHARED THAT BECAUSE I GOT A PREVIEW OF THAT QUESTION, I
APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH, AND I BUT LET ME STOP, FOR A SECOND,
IF I LOOK AT YOUR QUESTION AND TIE IT BACK TO LIBERAL ARTS AND
THE LIBERAL-ARTS PERSPECTIVE, AND I’M A CHEMIST.
I TEACH CHEMISTRY. I LOVE MY DISCIPLINE AND THE
CONTENT, BUT I ALWAYS WOULD HAVE STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY IN THE
LABORATORY SETTING, ON ASKING THE QUESTION WHY.
WHY? NOW THEY’RE WORKING IN TEAMS.
THEY HAVE THE FOUNDATION THAT THEY RECEIVED DURING THE
CLASSROOM TIME. BUT NOW THEY’RE COMING INTO THE
LAB SETTING. AND THEY HAVE TO WORK WITH
OTHERS. THEY HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT TO
BE A SCIENTIST, TO BE AN EDUCATE EDUCATED PERSON IT’S JUST NOT
THE HOW. THAT’S OKAY.
BUT IT’S THE WHY THAT IS CRITICAL.
AND THAT TAKES INTO ACCOUNT ALL YOU MENTIONED THERE.
I LOVE WHAT YOU SAID IN TERMS OF PERSON.
WORKING WITH OTHERS. HAVING CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS.
AND I’M GOING TO REALLY PLAY IT IN, THE ABILITY TO READ AND
COMPREHEND, WRITE, AND DO ALL THAT.
THOSE ARE IMPORTANT SKILL SETS THAT ARE BRIDGEING BOTH SIDES.
I LOVE THE FACT THAT WE HAVE TROY FARLEY, FOR INSTANCE, AND
HIS STAFF, GOING OUT AND GETTING WHEN WE I CAME IN 2000 WE HAD A
FEW STUDENTS INVOLVED. BUT NOW WE HAVE 8,000 AND 9,000
STUDENTS WHO ARE OUT THERE, AND I LOVE HOW IT’S COMING OUT OF
COLLEGE BECAUSE YOU CAN HELP TO IDENTIFY WHAT THOSE ARE, TOO.
WORKING WITH THE PROVOST AND OTHER DEAN’S ACROSS ACROSS
ACROSS THE PROFESSIONS WE CAN BETTER
PREPARE OUR STUDENTS WELL. IT GOES TO THE CORE.
IT’S THE DEVELOPMENT OF THAT ENTIRE PERSON.
I’M GOING TO ADD ONE MORE FEATURE TO THAT, AND THAT IS TO
HAVE A PERSON OF CHARACTER, WHO UNDERSTANDS THE RESPECT THAT
THEY HAVE FOR THEMSELVES AND FOR CRITICAL.
I WANT PEOPLE TO LEAD GRAND VALLEY WHO HAVE THAT CHARACTER
TO DO THE RIGHT THING. ANOTHER QUESTION? A QUESTION OVER HERE?
NO? ALRIGHTY, WELL, I’LL SEE SOME OF YOU OVER AT CONVOCATION, AND
MAYBE SOME OF YOU LATER THIS AFTERNOON.
AND THANK YOU FOR LISTENING. WE PUT A LOT OF EFFORT AND
THOUGHT INTO THIS PARTICULAR FACULTY STAFF ADDRESS BECAUSE I
WAS SO COMMITTED AFTER THE EFFORTS WITH THE–WITH MY
COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMISSION