This is one of my favorite times of year, as we kick off a new academic year and welcome new and returning students to campus. This semester holds special significance, as we gear up for the launch of our centennial celebration in 2013.
On Sunday, we welcomed more than 3,000 freshmen, GSU’s largest and most talented entering class ever, to campus at Freshman Convocation. The keynote speaker for the convocation was Mr. Wes Moore, author of the critically acclaimed The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates. Mr. Moore, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, delivered a powerful message about the “thin line” separating his life from the life of “the other” Wes Moore, who is serving a life sentence in prison for felony murder. Mr. Moore exhorted our freshmen to go above and beyond making good grades at GSU, to pursue those experiences beyond the classroom that will make the GSU experience an education for life, and make a difference in the lives of others.
In addition to welcoming thousands of new students to Georgia State, we are excited to welcome more than 120 new members to our talented faculty. We are fortunate to be attracting top-notch scholars and educators to our faculty ranks, as we continue to make important progress with the implementation of our strategic plan.
Please join me in welcoming our new students, new faculty members, and new staff members working throughout the university to the GSU community.
The 2012-2013 academic year promises to be an exciting one, with much to be accomplished and celebrated. I would be remiss if I did not also acknowledge that there are hurdles and challenges ahead, particularly as we are buffeted by the reality of further state budget reductions. It is during these times of adversity that we show our true strength, and our resolute commitment to building a better future. I thank you for everything you do to make this university better every day.
Mark P. Becker