Today, UW System released public records regarding the investigation that President Ray Cross requested related to former Chancellor Beverly Kopper. The release of these documents may cause concern and I understand this may be a difficult time for some of you. As our university navigates this situation, I hope we can focus our attention on moving forward and the healing process for all concerned.
As a campus community, we have so much to be proud of. For example, on Wednesday, our students and their faculty mentors were bright, shining stars at the annual UW System Research in the Rotunda event. Our students engaged with their home legislators at the State Capitol and shared the impact of their research. They did an exceptional job and made us all proud.
Just last weekend, our American Marketing Association earned its 8th straight International Chapter of the Year honor, competing with more than 380 chapters worldwide. Our men’s bowling club recently earned its first national championship. And our Forensics program has landed hosting duties for the coveted national tournament next year.
These are just a few examples of our success achieved by our collegial collaborations and student dedication.
We also have much to look forward to in the coming weeks, including our Founders Week events. And on May 18 and May 21, we will celebrate with students, their families and our faculty and staff at commencement ceremonies at both campuses.
These reminders are not meant to distract from the news of the day or to diminish its impact. Instead, I hope we can focus our efforts on the transformative and rewarding work we engage in every day. UW-Whitewater is remarkable because of its people – people like each of you who care so deeply about education and our students.