The annual holiday luncheon brought together members of the Bridgewater State University community to break bread and look back at a year of achievement.
“I feel very blessed to work with all of you, the hard-working and dedicated staff and faculty of Bridgewater State University,” President Frederick W. Clark Jr. said during his remarks.
He went on to list some of the achievements of the past year, which included:
-The approval by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education of the university’s strategic plan
-The increase in fall enrollments, despite projections that the number would be down by as much as 1,000
-The renewal of the grant that funded the 100 Males to College initiative
-The addition of 27 full-time faculty
-The launching of the Academic Innovation Initiative
-The launching of the community college-to-BSU program to facilitate the transfer of community college students to Bridgewater
-The opening of the Bethany House on Summer Street, the new home of Alumni Relations and Development
-The renaming of the Minnock Center for International Engagement as an institute, and its relocation to the Davis House
The president ended his remarks with a tip of the hat to Bridgewater students.
“Our students can’t be stopped and can do anything they put their minds to,” he said.
Eugene J. Durgin, chairman of the Board of Trustees, kicked off the event by remarking about the “Bridgewater way,” which he said will ensure that “the future is bright for this institution.”
The event ended with a performance by the cast of Once Upon a Mattress, which will be presented by BSU’s Family Performing Arts Center in January. (Story by John Winters, University News)