For most of our programs, this is the first day of class.  Faculty members will arrive early to put the last elements into place on their syllabi and march to class to practice their craft, staff members in our various offices will prepare themselves to answer old questions and address new problems, and students will begin to see how their lives will be changed because of the experiences of this semester.  Marked by excitement and anxiety, this day marks the restoration of life to a university, and it is a celebration of the prospect of new growth.  It is a great day.


The world is better because of the first day of class.