I am pleased to welcome our new and returning students to Rider University for what I know is going to be a very exciting year. I trust that you are looking forward to this semester as much as I am. To all of our returning students, it is good to have you back on campus. Please help us welcome our newest Broncs by returning the kindness and hospitality you experienced when you first arrived at Rider.
This year, we will celebrate Rider’s 150th anniversary. The festivities will kick off in mid-September with many events that I am sure you will want to attend. On Sunday, Sept. 14, the band MAGIC! will perform a live outdoor concert on the campus green. On Sept. 16, we will honor our university’s namesake, Andrew J. Rider, on the Campus Mall with our annual Cranberry Fest. Later that evening, Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will present a lecture as the keynote speaker for our sesquicentennial celebration. These three events are only a small sampling of the many ways we will celebrate Rider’s sesquicentennial throughout the year.
I urge all students — new and returning — to take advantage of the many opportunities available to you this year. Whether it be fun activities to celebrate our history, athletic events to support the Broncs, internships and/or co-ops to enhance your professional preparation, or volunteer opportunities to serve our surrounding community, make time to join your classmates and get involved. If you’re unsure about how to participate, see your RA, stop by my office or visit the Office of Campus Life in the Bart Luedeke Center. We will be happy to connect you to the right organization or resource.
Finally, as we begin this semester, I want you to be aware that the administration is currently negotiating a new contract with the faculty union. I expect that you will hear much discussion around campus about the negotiations from faculty, staff and students. While the official negotiation meetings are confidential, many opinions and information will be presented representing all sides. Do not let these conversations sidetrack you from what is most important – your personal success at Rider. As is true in many labor negotiations, it is typical for the anxiety level to be raised as the process unfolds, and you will likely hear talk about worst-case scenarios. Keep in mind that the parties have a long history of working things out, albeit sometimes at the 11th hour. I have great faith in the process.
Best wishes for a great year. I look forward to seeing all of you as we celebrate 150 years of success at Rider University.
Dr. Anthony Campbell
Associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students
Printed in the 09/03/14 issue.