January 23, 2017
Office of the President
Welcome back Broncs! I hope you enjoyed your winter break, and were able to spend quality time with your family and friends relaxing and recuperating. The start of the semester is always a hectic and exciting time; I am thrilled to have everyone back on campus. While you were away, things have been very busy at Rider University, and I have several updates to share with you.
Our athletic teams have started strong in 2017. The men’s Swimming and Diving team has now won 19 consecutive dual meets, which makes them undefeated for two years in a row. Our Wrestling team earned a national ranking in January, as have individual wrestlers B.J. Clagon, Chad Walsh and Ryan Wolfe. We are looking forward to Coach Gary Taylor’s last home match on Saturday, February 18, against Maryland, where we’ll celebrate his 39 years of dedication to Rider University. Finally, our women’s Basketball team is currently enjoying one of the best conference starts since joining the MAAC. Way to go Broncs!
Outside the athletic arena, we celebrate the accomplishments of students Evan Giguere and Kelsey Johnson who had the opportunity to visit the White House and meet former First Lady Michelle Obama as part of Rider’s participation in the Healthy Campus Challenge. This initiative called on colleges across the country to raise awareness on campus and in local communities of the importance of health care to young adults and to the broader economy. We’re so proud of Evan and Kelsey’s efforts on behalf of this important program.
Our strategic planning process is nearing completion thanks to the good work of the six working groups and Steering Committee over the course of the past year. Kudos to the faculty, administrators, staff, students, alumni, Trustees and external representatives, over 100 of you, who gave your time and energy and who contributed your ideas and thinking in developing a meaningful and realistic plan for Rider’s future. This work along with the hard work of the prioritization task forces, Middle States self-study working groups, and those involved in the design and implementation of our engaged learning program is setting the stage for the next phase of Rider’s dynamic evolution as an institution that proudly serves its students with distinction.
We have already scheduled some exciting events to kick off the semester. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will appear at Rider on March 23 as part of the Hennessy Family Lecture on Capitalism series, a generous program funded by Rider alumnus Michael Hennessy ’82 for the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics. Recently, the Rebovich Institute presented a program featuring Avril Haines, former assistant to President Obama and Deputy U.S. National Security Advisor. Ms. Haines discussed the challenges of homeland security. It is an honor to bring such prominent public leaders to our campus.
Looking ahead, I hope you will come out the weekend of February 10 – 12 to celebrate BroncFest: Winter Weekend, which will offer a full array of events for students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. I’m especially looking forward to the opening of our new fire pit, which will be located on the patio outside of Cranberry’s. Funded by the Student Government Association, the Class of 2017, Student Entertainment Council and the Rider Community Committee, this new space will provide yet another venue to gather, relax and enjoy each other’s company – all while keeping warm!
Recently we announced a new partnership with the Trenton YMCA to host their summer camp at Rider beginning this year. Children ages 5 to 13 will spend time on campus and have access to resources like our pool, cafeteria, athletic facilities and educational spaces. I believe it’s never too early to introduce young people to a university setting, and I look forward to seeing the campers experience all that Rider can offer, hopefully setting them on a path toward higher education in the future.
I wish everyone a very successful semester and urge you to take advantage of the many engaging opportunities Rider has to offer.
Gregory G. Dell'Omo became Rider University’s seventh president on August 1, 2015. A New Jersey native, who was born and raised in Rumson, Dr. Dell'Omo joined Rider after spending ten years as the seventh president of Robert Morris University (RMU). His years at RMU were marked by growth unparalleled in the university’s 93-year history.