TO: Faculty, Staff, and Administrative Colleagues
FROM: Thayne M. McCulloh, Ph.D.
SUBJ: End of Semester Message
DATE: April 30, 2010
As the spring semester draws quickly to its end, I want to express my gratitude for the many ways in which each of you have worked to carry out the educational mission of our institution this year. In the face of the worst economic recession in generations, Gonzaga has maintained its viability through your dedicated efforts, and the sustained support of thousands of alumni, parents, and benefactors. The quality of the academic programs we provide, coupled with an intentional commitment to supporting student development in the context of a community dedicated to core Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic values, continues to attract and retain significant numbers of excellent students.
By this time in the academic year, a natural level of exhaustion is evident throughout the university. Following many weeks of extended effort, we all will welcome the change of pace (and warmer weather) that summer brings. At the same time, I am confident we all can think of numerous students who have been positively impacted by our efforts. If my experience of working and talking with students this year is any indication, your work is and has indeed been both inspiring and transformative.
Next weekend, over six hundred graduate students and eight hundred fifty graduating seniors-most joined by their family and friends-will receive degrees from Gonzaga. These diplomas certainly represent a significant achievement by our students; but they also represent years of dedicated effort by the faculty who have taught, advised, mentored and evaluated them, as well as the staff who have counseled, supported, assisted and guided them. It is with sincere gratitude to you that the University will confer degrees upon these students, and we will send forth yet another group to make a positive impact on the world.
Thank you for your support this year-and best wishes, as we bring this academic year to a successful close.
Thayne M. McCulloh, Ph.D.