Editor in Chief
Dr. Anderson gave a State of the University address at Convocation on Friday which highlighted eliminating the structural deficit of the university and showcasing student accomplishments.
Dr. Anderson’s plan called Our Bold Path included the newly completed housing project and increasing Out-of- state and international students.
Three of the students showcased were Stephanie Bradley, Amber Liggett and Eli Green. Bradley’s accomplishments included a volunteer-based alternative spring break trip to Ecuador and an internship in Cape Town. Liggett was in a summer research program over the summer with The National Weather Center in Oklahoma. She has multiple meteorologist awards and also her own animal balloon business.
There were no jokes or comments included in the speech about the rising tension between the state system and the faculty. At the time of the event, a strike authorization vote was occurring across the state system. Dr. Anderson chose to keep his speech positive. Retention was the only goal listed that wasn’t as positive. Our retention rate increased about just three percentage points overall.
‘Creativity and innovation’ seemed to be the buzz words for the future plans of the university and the focus includes the increase of undergraduate research, study abroad and scholarships.