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September 6, 2016

Dear Broncs and Friends,

Welcome to the start of a new academic year. I hope each of you enjoyed a relaxing and rejuvenating summer filled with memorable experiences, family and friends. We’ve been very busy at Rider preparing for this semester, and I want to tell you about some of the exciting news we have to share.

First, allow me to extend a very warm welcome to our newest Broncs, the Class of 2020. You’ve chosen to become a part of an extraordinary community of faculty, staff and fellow students where you will learn, grow and no doubt have some fun along the way. Everyone at Rider is committed to supporting you on this transformative journey you are about to begin, and we look forward to seeing all that you will achieve.

One needs to look no further than our returning students to realize the potential for personal and professional success at Rider. From internships and co-ops, to performing arts and athletics, leadership and community service opportunities to international study abroad, Rider students benefit from a host of engaged learning opportunities that go far beyond traditional study in a classroom setting. This holistic approach to higher education is what sets Rider University apart, as every member of the Rider community is committed to our students’ well-rounded education and ultimately, success. I couldn’t be more proud to watch each of you develop during your time here.

You may have noticed we’ve made some significant improvements to our campuses over the summer. In Lawrenceville, we’ve completed a major road paving project and given Moore Library an exterior makeover. Over in the Bart Luedeke Center, our Barnes & Noble Bookstore has undergone a major renovation, complete with a new entrance and online textbook pick-up area. Near the recently completed athletic practice facility, work continues on new coaches offices and locker rooms as part of our larger Alumni Gym renovation project.  In Princeton, you’ll see new landscaping outside the Cullen Center, complete with a lush new lawn and irrigation system.

More renovations are on the way. Thanks to a significant grant from the State of New Jersey and generous donations from caring Rider supporters, our Science and Technology Center is being renovated. Gee Hall, one of our residence halls, will benefit from a major upgrade this year, and we’re just about finished with a new state-of-the-art dance studio in the BLC. We plan to announce even more campus projects in the next year.

On the academic side, we have several new programs for students to major in. Healthcare Management, Sport Management, Sports MediaCriminal Justice, Health Sciences and Organizational Psychology are all now available for Rider students. We also introduced several accelerated business degree programs last year, which allow students to earn a undergraduate and graduate degrees in less time, with a locked-in tuition rate. These are just some of the many options we are creating to provide the programs our students want, in the formats they desire.

Work on the university’s next Strategic Plan continues, with input from students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and others. You’ll be hearing much more about our Strategic Plan as the year progresses, as we plan to adopt this new roadmap for Rider next spring.

As you can tell, this is a very exciting time to be at Rider, and I hope you will approach this new year with the same eagerness and enthusiasm as I do. When you see me on campus, please stop and say hello, and I will do the same. Until then, best wishes to all of our faculty, staff and students for a successful year.

Go Broncs!