The last two weeks have been exciting and a lot of fun. The School of Pharmacy completed its third-year review with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the group that evaluates pharmacy schools across the country. This is the penultimate review. The final review is in the spring of 2014. The School of Pharmacy won high praise for the progress it has made, and the evaluating team particularly noted the professionalism of the students and faculty. I applaud Cliff Fuhrman and the faculty and staff of the School of Pharmacy for their hard work.
On Friday the 5th, we had a faculty meeting that involved a good exchange of ideas. On the 6th, we had the spring football game along with softball, baseball, and tennis matches. Fran and I had students over for dinner last Thursday night, and I have enjoyed five meals in Greenville Dining Hall. (Although I have to say that if you go to GDH before 8 am, you are not likely to see a lot of students.)
This past week, an alumnus donated a copy of the 1868 South Carolina Constitution to our archives (for those wanting to learn more about this constitution see http://www.teachingushistory.org/ttrove/1868Constitution.htm), while another pledged $100,000. And, we interviewed three excellent candidates for the position of vice president of development.
We learned last week that Georgia Tech has agreed to an engineering program similar to the one we have with Clemson, Vanderbilt, and USC. Our students will now be able to move from PC after three years in our physics program to Georgia Tech in order to get two degrees – one in physics, and one in engineering. These partnerships with other schools are invaluable for our students as they pursue a variety of careers.
I talked with three students who are considering coming to PC. One young man who lives in Chicago has narrowed his choices to PC and a major research institution. More and more our competition appears to be larger institutions, not smaller liberal arts colleges. Saturday was Accepted Students Day on campus, and it was exciting to see the class of 2017 begin to take shape.
While all this has been going on, the faculty, staff, and students have been working to get ready for Honors Day this Thursday and for the inauguration on Friday—soon to be followed up by graduation in early May. This is a wonderful time on campus. This week there will be a Chamber Ensemble Concert on Tuesday, a Jazz Band Concert on Wednesday, a Night of Celebration to honor our donors on Thursday, and a Spring Fling party for the students and all of us who are young at heart on Friday. In addition Figs and Thistles will debut, and a play created by our students will be performed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Fran and I are enjoying our time at PC and look forward to seeing so many of you this week in Clinton.
I will send out another blog after inauguration.