Jesus wept. I have heard that this is the shortest phrase in the Bible. It follows a passage about Our Savior hearing that his good friend Lazarus had died.
Hallelujah is a word I’ve said and sung in church many times but I have to admit it is not one that I have ever had to spell that I can recall. So this morning I had to rely on spellcheck to let me know when I spelled it correctly. But Hallelujah captures where we are as we begin the new school year.
This week we welcome more than 200 additional students to campus to begin the term (on top of the number that already are here), most of whom are brand new Mustangs. Our count so far is 326 (compared to 246 last year), which means we are about 30 percent higher starting out this Fall. This is great news for USW at a time when many colleges and universities are seeing declining numbers. But having said this, I want to acknowledge that we have faced more than our share of challenges in my first half-year as president. And if there is anyone who should be blamed for anything that goes wrong, that would be me.
European football, or the sport we know as soccer in the U.S., has been described as the most beautiful game. It is played at its best with grace, speed, and good timing. Those who are privileged to compete will ordinarily exude stamina and good sportsmanship. It’s also known as a player’s game, with coaches “training up” and conditioning the players in practice sessions before a match, but not expected to provide much coaching during the match itself.
This past weekend we welcomed to campus the early fall athletes and their families. What a pleasure it was for me to meet and greet the 100 or so volleyball players and their family members who arrived on Saturday to dine together in the Daniels Center. The next day campus swelled with nearly 200 more people who showed up with athletes who will be training for men’s and women’s soccer. After what seemed like an endless summer, campus is starting to fill back up and this weekend was just a prelude to the full enrollment that will occur the last week of August.