I have been back on campus for two weeks and it has been exciting to witness the flurry of activity as everyone prepares for the start of the 2011-12 academic year. Most of our new faculty have arrived and are busy moving into their apartments and planning their classes. We had an invigorating administrator retreat in the Perkin Observatory yesterday and discussed some of the new developments taking place this year, including a collective emphasis on the writing process, the reinstitution of falconry on campus (maybe we can even combine these first two through Shakespeare, "But what a point my lord your falcon made, And what a pitch she flew above the rest!" Henry VI), a trip to India to work with a school in the Himalayan Mountains, the construction of the new Visual Arts Building, the new mountain biking team, and many other great projects. Now we just need the students to arrive!
This picture was taken this morning on the Norm Wight Slope, which thanks to our student work gang has quickly turned into a beautiful meadow with practically zero erosion. I took this picture while scouting locations for the construction of a mews for the falcon.