Chancellor's Friday Letters

Move-In Day

Move-In Day

September 25, 2009


Welcome to the new Friday Letter! I intend to connect in this fashion with you weekly, bringing you a short and engaging letter with some insights into this wonderful campus of the University of California.

This is an amazing time of energy, anticipation, worry, and expectation on our campus, as students and their families are either returning to campus after being at home over the summer, or arriving for the first time. This past Sunday was move-in day in our residence halls, and I had a chance to carry a few boxes and meet families and new students. Think back to your time when you or your child first “went off to college”…there is a host of emotions that come to bear for all involved at such important crossroads.

It was amazing to see some new students with an amount of “stuff” that absolutely had no chance to fit in their portion of a shared room. It was moving to see Moms adjusting the towels on the towel rack, as if they were setting up a retail display… but what it really showed was the pride, love and support they have in their student. It was moving to see Dads… with a game face on but wet eyes of joy as they pulled out of the parking lot … perhaps the first time they will ever be separated from their child for a prolonged period. And as you know, for so many of our wonderful students, they are the first in their families to pursue a college degree, so this moment is even more poignant.

On the other hand, families to whom this is the second or third child often do a drive-by drop off! These parents are at greatest risk of getting a speeding ticket going home, as they can’t wait to get back and re-purpose their child’s room for something else!

We held Convocation for our new students, and we filled the student recreation center… in fact unfortunately had to turn students away as it was “full”. During this celebration, we explored the shared values of free inquiry, intellectual honesty and respect for human dignity. Our students listened to short speeches from the student body president, academic leaders, faculty, the alumni association, student affairs, and the academic senate. They were fired up at the end of this academic ceremony and were inspired by our pipe band and student band as well as our athletic director who definitely instilled spirit and energy into the crowd. We then spilled out and over to the Bell Tower, where unlimited food was available to all our students as they mingled and met in some cases for the first time and in other cases re-kindled last year’s friendships.

It is a vibrant week…I hope this letter stirs some of your memories of the important milestones in your own life.



Tim White

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