Welcome to the 2014-2015 academic year! I am excited to welcome back our continuing students and to welcome the new undergraduate and graduate students who have joined our growing campus community. One of the things I love most about working on a campus is the bustle of activity that comes each year when students return in the fall. Nothing equals the rush of energy, anticipation, and enthusiasm that accompanies the beginning of an academic year.
At our commencement celebration last June, President Obama noted that UC Irvine is “ahead of the curve.” We’re ahead of the curve because of you – the faculty who open new frontiers of learning and help their students acquire knowledge and wisdom, the students who pursue learning and skills to change their own lives and to change the world, and the staff who tirelessly make the whole enterprise thrive.
We are all fortunate to be part of this world of learning, discovery, and engagement, and the work we do here truly matters – to us, to our community, and to the world. Together, we will do great things.