This semester, following feedback from the campus climate survey forums around ensuring that there is more sharing of information and chance to connect, I will be piloting a weekly update from my office that will go out on Fridays. It is intended to recap some of the events of the week and enhance our communication efforts. I also plan to meet with all new directors and deans as they are hired, and continue to meet with all new faculty as part of their orientation, and present at New Employee Support Training (NEST) events. This semester, I will be piloting a new way of connecting with schools, departments and divisions by hosting additional open forums. These forums will replace the Open Office Hours that I have held since 2015, as attendance at those events has dwindled in recent years. Please also remember that the Hey Heidi button on the website can be used to reach out to me.
We had some good news this week in that SUNY has awarded us a PRODiG+ Fellow—one of only 40 across the entire system—for our Department of Computing Sciences. We also had a very positive accreditation visit for our Masters in Social Work program.
Full professors, chairs, directors, deans, AVPs and Cabinet members gathered on Monday for our semesterly Campus Leadership Summit. We heard from our university counsel about emerging legal issues under the First Amendment, discussed campus climate, shared plans for the upcoming solar eclipse and learned about two new important initiatives: our Engaged E.A.G.L.E. program and the Student Success Equity Intensive. You’ll hear more about many of these topics over the course of this semester. I would ask that you review our Freedom of Speech page as it contains important and valuable information that may assist you in conversations with students and community members.
Cabinet meets every Wednesday and once a month we have Extended Cabinet which draws together a wider range of individuals. This week’s agenda included a focus on our Affirmative Action Plan as well as a comprehensive discussion around faculty and staff wellness. There was also a virtual SUNY Presidents Meeting, which provided updates on the SUNY Transfer Task Force’s work, along with cybersecurity updates and a report from the Chancellor.
I met with a number of individuals on key topics this week, including Dr. Mario Fontana, the co-chair of the Presidential Campus Climate Committee, for additional updates on our progress, and Tim Durfee, our new Emergency Manager.
I am looking forward to the return of our student body over the weekend and the start of another successful semester. I wish you all a pleasant weekend!