Whirlwind of a week…

There is something about the end of the semester that magnifies the intensity for work for students–finals, but it’s also true that we faculty feel something along the same lines. And it’s not just that we have to grade exams, there something about the intensity of university life that ticks up as the weeks go by towards Spring commencement.

This week we took a day trip out to Madison to learn about the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation¬†or WARF. It’s an amazing organization that exists to support the research activities of one of America’s flagship publics.

This evening, Mason’s 40th Anniversary Gala will celebrate Alan and Sally Merten’s sixteen years leading this wonderful public institution. I’m looking forward to seeing plenty of old friends and colleagues and meeting some new ones.

Biddy Martin comes to Amherst

My Alma Mater has successfully raided the University of Wisconsin’s flagship Madison campus to recruit its new President. The Chronicle’s link is here.

The connection between Madison and Amherst is not without precedent. Alexander Meiklejohn was President of Amherst College from 1913-1923, from which he decamped for Madison to start an experimental college at the University of Wisconsin. His successor at Amherst, was my great grandfather, George D. Olds.

Congratulations to Amherst College on a great recruitment.