August 26, 2019
Happy first day of classes everyone!
It was wonderful to see our largest freshmen class in school history during First Flight last week. I can already feel the excitement and enthusiasm from them on our campus. Now, we welcome back our returning students for another record-setting enrollment.
As we kick off this academic year and build on the progress we have made as a division and as a university, I want to take a moment to thank you for all of the hard work you do every day. As I participated in Orientations, Mean Green Move-In, and First Flight among others this summer, I saw so many of you working hard to welcome and assist all of our new students and their families. This effort will continue this week as we spend time at our Student Affairs tents in the Library Mall and Union Circle as part of a university-wide initiative to show our students UNT’s caring community and to offer them support during this first week of classes. I am excited to show our students what the Mean Green Family is all about, and I appreciate those who volunteered to support this effort.
This Saturday, we will have another cause to celebrate at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Joe Greene Hall. During move-in, it was wonderful to see the excitement on the faces of the hall’s first residents and their families as they viewed this state-of-the-art facility featuring more study and community space, a maker space and gaming area. I am sure adding to their excitement is that fact that the hall’s namesake is one of our most beloved alums “Mean” Joe Greene a humanitarian, Hall of Famer and Super Bowl champion.
As we move through this year, remember to never underestimate your ability to have an impact on the lives of our students because after all, you do it every day.
Elizabeth With, Ed.D.