Nearly every summer, I look around campus and see the construction projects and think ‘there is no way this will all be ready for Move-In’ – and yet every summer, it all gets done.  But something about flipping the calendar from July to August adds a new sense of urgency.

Was up on the Quad twice today for a meeting.  The Quad looked as gorgeous as it always does (see pic below). One of the construction projects is to repave the parking lot between Kitchin and Poteat residence halls, and this morning they were digging up the asphalt and prepping it for paving and there were big billows of construction dust and pebbles all over the place. I suspect in very short order, it is going to smell of tar and new pavement. But that will all be gone by the time your Deacs get here.

So that’s the view of campus.  Here’s an academic program note: if your students are interested in family businesses, there is a class this fall that still has some openings. Family Business Dynamics (ESE 305) is held on Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm, and will be held in Carswell Hall Room 205. Family Business Dynamics is an elective course created especially for students who come from a family held business, regardless of whether or not they plan to work in the business after graduation. Family Business Dynamics covers a wide range of issues including Leadership Transition and Succession Planning, Company Governance, and Family Harmony. The course is taught by Roy Richards, Chairman of Southwire, one of the world’s largest cable and wire companies.  Interested students can sign up via the normal registration process in WIN, while spaces are available.  For questions, email Kate Reece at

a view from the Quad on August 3, 2017.

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