In just a few days, we will formally welcome the Class of 2017 and transfer students to campus during the Induction Ceremony. This ceremony takes place at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 25th, or on the evening of what we call “Move-in” day. The Induction Ceremony is one of my favorite events during the academic year. There is so much excitement as we welcome our newest Denisonians, and the Reese-Shackleford Common is a beautiful location for the event.  It is also the kickoff to our August Orientation program. I really do enjoy working with the incoming students each year during this program and getting to know them better.

This year, however, the Induction Ceremony will be even more special, because it will be the first presided over by our new President Adam Weinberg. As we begin the year, President Weinberg already seems to be everywhere meeting with faculty, staff and the students on campus early. I know he is looking forward to meeting our newest students. In addition to speaking at the Induction Ceremony, President Weinberg and his wife Anne will host a dinner for all incoming students on the lawn of Monomoy, their home, during August Orientation.

Earlier this week I sent an email to all incoming students thanking those who have completed the three courses (Alcohol, Drugs and Sexual Violence) on MyStudentBody (https://www.mystudentbody.com/Default.aspx) and reminding those who have not that they need to do so. If your student is one of those who has yet to complete these courses, might I ask you to encourage him or her to do so before arriving to campus? We can verify that they have completed the course through the website. They do not need to notify the office or send us anything as verification. We sent a letter to you about these courses in late June.

Because I read every incoming student’s file when I assign advisors, I know how exceptional our incoming students are. I think we can expect great things from them. I am very excited for the official start to the academic year this Sunday.

Here’s hoping for great weather on move in day! See you then.



Mark Moller