‘Rooted in Tradition, Inspiring Change’

ADRIAN, Mich. – It has become a tradition in recent years, for President Jeffrey R. Docking to give the annual State of the College. Last year marked the first year in which Dr. Docking invited faculty, staff, students and more to assist him in delivering the address. This year would carry on this new tradition as the campus community gathered to share the exciting changes on campus throughout the past year, and to share of things to come.  To listen to the address in its entirety, please click here.

“Let me begin by thanking all of you for another tremendous year at the College,” said Docking in his opening remarks. “ Once again we set new records in enrollment, retention, and fundraising. We built new buildings, started new academic programs, and hired many new faculty.”

He went on to note that each year would be a little different when it came to the annual address. He cited the need to keep things fresh and to create a sense of excitement. The address opened with a short video highlighting the progress to each of the ideas shared in the spring of 2011.

“All of these ideas have been completed, or are nearly complete as we gather here today,” Docking informed the audience. “Results matter here as well as excellence and substantive change.”

Among the completed ideas presented in the short video: new master’s degree programs (4+1 programming), the addition of a student orchestra, the grand opening of WOW Café & Wingery in Arrington Ice Arena, and the picturesque outdoor terrace in front of Caine Student Center.

Docking said the purpose of this year’s address was to demonstrate that dynamic changes and creativity happens every day on the campus of the College. He went on to invite this year’s series of presenters to share new ideas that would be implemented over the course of the upcoming year.

Sarah Hanson, Ph.D. Professor of Earth Science: Planetarium Upgrades and high-tech projection offer a new use for the frequently visited campus landmark.

Andrea Milner, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Education (with Megan Anzures, Kayla Morrison): International Baccalaureate Partnership w/ Lincoln Elementary Announced the partnership between the College’s Teacher Education Department and the Adrian Public School District in a distinct pilot program to expand the district’s elementary curriculum.

Mallory Frailing, Assistant Dean of Students: Future Student Housing New options for housing will be available to students in the Fall of 2012.

Linda Depta, Adrian College Board of Trustee: Trustee Meet & Greet Announced the addition of a ‘Meet & Greet’ for students to get to know the board members as recommended by Trustee, Dr. Robyn Arrington.

Ron Fogarty, Assistant Athletic Director/NCAA Men’s Hockey Team Coach: Turf in the Ice Arena Discussed the transformation of the surface from ice to artificial turf in Arrington Ice Arena.

Janet Creque, Web Content Editor: Web Project: Benches & Trees Revealed the intent to create an interactive map to navigate the location and stories of the donated trees and benches on campus at the recommendation of Dr. James Spence.

Micheal Neal, Student: Student Media Group Award Shared the recognition of achievement earned by the Adrian College Media Group by the Michigan Association of Broadcasting.

Dave Beachnau, Executive Director of Detroit Sports Commission: Sports Management Major Announced the addition of a new program in Sports Management through the business department.

Jim VanDoren, Executive Director of the Lenawee Economic Development Corporation: Economic Impact to the Community Shared the statistics and positive impact the College has had on the greater Lenawee community.

Laurie O’Conner, Adrian College Campus Services Staff: On Working for the College Offered a personal glimpse into the impact that the growth of the College has had on local families who had experienced the economic downturn.

Matt Armentrout, Maintenance Manager for Campus Services: Moving Plant to the Back 40 Discussed plans to move the Plant and Operation Facilities near softball field to increase options for games and clear area for access expansion.

Brad Maggard, Information Technology Services: IT Upgrades Announced the increased wireless activity points providing increased accessibility and speed.

William Bachman, Professor, Accountancy/Business Administration: Jones Hall Lecture Room Noted the ongoing construction to a state of the art lecture hall situation in Jones.

Gabrielle Piazza, Theatre Student: Downs Hall Theatre Renovations Highlighted the continued enhancements to this treasured campus landmark.

As the address drew to a close, President Docking called Dr. Oded Gur-Arie to join him in announcing the inaugural Creativity Award recipient. Dr. Scott Elliott was named the winning submission in which he recommended a Yellow Bike-Share Program be implemented on campus.

“This award is the beginning of a new tradition here,” said Docking after congratulating each of the finalists. “A tradition full of caring, good deeds, and community.”

“An example of this caring occurred last semester not long after students had returned to campus,” Docking noted. He went on to recall the compassion that followed the destructive blaze that ripped through the apartment complex adjacent to campus. Docking was joined on stage by student Andrew Dovey, as he read a letter from a recent graduate who was affected by the fire. Prenella Semma concluded the segment sharing her story of one lucky dog’s survival after more than six harrowing hours trapped inside the complex.

The address was concluded with a reflection toward continued achievement, “We look forward to these changes in the year to come.”