We are making progress on the reorganization

March 4, 2024

A college reorganization, especially one as significant as ours, entails many changes. At a minimum, we must ensure that the college’s central office, which provides college-wide policies, procedures and administrative support, works seamlessly with the divisions, which now have expanded decision-making and budgetary authority.

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We need to talk about stress, coping and recovery

April 4, 2022

It’s no great pleasure to discuss long-term stress and trauma, and that’s surely a big reason why people tend to avoid such topics. Sometimes, however, hard conversations are necessary. One important takeaway from the messages I have received recently from faculty, staff and students is that frustrations are still festering,...


A wide-ranging education still opens doors

Sept. 29, 2021

Don’t think so? Think again.

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We stand with you in this time of grief and sorrow

March 23, 2021

We know many of you are struggling, and we write to offer our sympathy, empathy and support.

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So you think the pandemic will doom higher education?

Dec. 16, 2020

Think again.

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If you are exhausted, you are not alone

Oct. 7, 2020

My fellow Buffs, we will get through this together. You must be exhausted. I am, and I would like to pause to reflect on how these are times that try our patience, our good humor, and to quote Thomas Paine, our souls. James W.C. White The pandemic constrains daily life...

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Welcome back! Let’s make safety job #1

Aug. 24, 2020

You have the distinction of going to college in extraordinary times. You don’t need me to tell you this, of course. Headline writers describe the new school year with adjectives like “grim” and “frightening.”

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Academic freedom and academic responsibility

Aug. 24, 2020

As you may know, John Eastman, the 2020-21 Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy at the Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization, has published an essay in Newsweek arguing that Kamala Harris might not be eligible to be vice president of the United States.

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Of privilege, pandemics and protests

June 18, 2020

Let us use this time of pandemics and protest to refocus on that vitally important part of our mission, to try harder to fully realize what our nation hails as self-evident truths I often point out the benefits of a college education, especially a liberal-arts education. A recent Associated Press...


Emulate the buffalo and Be Well

June 8, 2020

We launch this campaign to help our college family be well and stay well “How are you?” Normally, that rote inquiry precedes a ready response: “I’m well.” Today, however, we grapple with the global pandemic, record unemployment, political polarization and historic levels of protest of our citizens’ long history of...