Dear NKU campus community,
I hope everyone had a chance to relax and rejuvenate while enjoying the company of family and friends over the Labor Day holiday weekend. I know the time off was well-deserved following a rigorous and exciting first two weeks of the Fall 2023 semester.
While we were just getting started with the academic year, August was quite eventful with our Fall Convocation on August 14 and several individual college convocations throughout that week before classes began. The message will remain the same throughout the year: we are looking ahead to a promising future and building on the recent successes in retention, persistence and graduation rates! Let’s keep building for the future in creative ways as we engage our learners and each other.
I also enjoyed spending time with so many of our new students last month during FreshFusion, one of the many exciting VictorFest events designed to welcome students for the fall semester. FreshFusion is a decades-old tradition here at NKU where new students learn about the many co-curricular activities available to them and hopefully begin to interact with new friends. Thank you to all the staff who made FreshFusion and VictorFest happen!
Recently, we had the opportunity to honor the 10th anniversary of one of those creative and innovative student-support initiatives we are known for, the Veterans Resource Station. During the celebration last week, the VRS debuted the new At-Ease Lounge which provides veteran and active-duty students a place to relax with a snack from Fuel NKU. I know this will be a great resource for learners.
The work of the 2023-2024 academic year is just beginning and so are the many crucial and positive impacts we have on learners and the community around us. Here are just a couple additional recent highlights:
Thank you for all you do for our university, our learners and the community.
Bonita J. Brown, J.D.