Bowie State President Breaux: University Update

Greetings Bulldogs! It is with great joy and Bulldog pride that
I speak with you today as we celebrate a very successful and exciting semester here at Bowie State University. We have continued Racing to Excellence as
a campus community, and I want to share with you just a few of the many ways we are continuing
to champion our strategic priorities of academic excellence, student success and the long-term
viability of the institution. This semester we have worked together — students,
faculty, staff and administrators — to ensure that we are doing our part to execute our
strategic plan and to carry out our strategic priority of improved channels
of communication, transparency and shared governance. More in-depth conversations will take place during the January 22nd and 23rd, 2020 Faculty Institute regarding best practices for shared governance. Now, let’s talk about all of the many activities
that have taken place over the last few weeks on our campus. I want to extend my sincerest gratitude
to the entire campus community for another successful Homecoming week celebration. It was a week full of excitement, entertainment
and fun for our students. Again, thank you to all who played a part
in this endeavor and let’s continue Racing to Excellence as one unified campus community. During Homecoming Week, we had a ground-breaking
ceremony for the Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community, with a planned completion date of
July 2021, to meet the increase in enrollment and housing demand while providing our students
with a unique, gateway facility that will connect the campus to our larger community. It will offer 550 new beds, house
retail space and provide experiential learning to encourage an entrepreneurial mindset for all of our
students. Now, I’d like to share a few updates from
Academic Affairs. Academic Affairs has undergone a transition
and Dr. Guy-Alain Amoussou is serving as our new interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
until further notice. Thanks to Dr. Amoussou for stepping up to serve in this capacity. We are also starting the process for three national
searches, including a search for the new Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, our Vice President for Student Affairs
and the Vice President for the Department of Information Technology.
Here at BSU, we take great pride in celebrating the accomplishments of our faculty, staff
and students. Here are just a few of the many highlights
from around the campus: [music] Through the diligence of a small team under
the leadership of Mrs. Johnetta Hardy, Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Academy,
BSU has received a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Innovation Corps, a program in partnership with George Washington University (GW). This award will provide aspiring entrepreneurs
with an experiential learning opportunity to help determine the commercial readiness
of their technology and will include biomedical products. It will allow students to expand their network
through priceless interactions with teachers, investors, customers and mentors to build
an ecosystem that will significantly benefit the DC and greater mid-Atlantic region. Congratulations to Dr. Will Parker, Assistant
Professor and Department Chair of Educational Studies and Leadership, who was awarded a
$7 million dollar grant from the Department of Education to fund the Superb Teachers Achieve
Results program, otherwise known as STAR. The STAR program is a competency and evidence
– based teacher education program that prepares new educators to utilize an equity lens in
facilitation of continuous improvement. It will provide a path to teacher excellence
by fostering teacher expertise, targeting problems of practice and proposing solutions
that are equity-driven and student-focused. Andrei Carillo, a sophomore Computer Science
major, was selected to participate in the CIA Immersion Program. This program will be held in conjunction with
the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Leadership Institute. At the CIA Immersion Program, Mr. Carillo
will have the opportunity to meet with CIA representatives and learn about career opportunities
within their agency. Andrei is one of many students who are taking advantage of the many
opportunities BSU and our partners have to offer. We also want to celebrate Dr. Artie Travis,
our outgoing VP for Student Affairs, who will be retiring at the end of December, for his
continued commitment and diligence in serving our student body and the larger Bowie State University campus
community. Congratulations and thank you to Dr. Travis. With regard to capital projects, we’ve seen many changes taking place on the campus this semester. This fall we will be opening a new parking lot in Lot I in November near the McKeldin and James Gym, once the parking
lot is resurfaced and after the completion of solar panel installation. The swimming pool (located in James Gym)
is currently undergoing renovations and is slated to open by the end of this semester as well. The Saxbys Experiential Learning Cafe construction
is almost complete, with a launch taking place in early November. Bowie State University will be the first HBCU and institution
outside of Pennsylvania to take part in this unique student-focused opportunity. As you can tell, there are many signs of excellence
around the campus that have been highlighted today, but we know that there are many more
reasons to celebrate. Please help us share what’s going on in your
division, your department or your college by reaching out to our University Relations and Marketing
department so that we can include your accomplishments in our upcoming BSYou newsletter and in other
forms of communication. As always, if you have an event coming up,
please make sure our campus community knows by submitting your event to our university
calendar on our website. Thank you for all you are doing as we continue
this Racing to Excellence journey together.

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