Letter from the President
I am writing you from an unusually quiet Cal Lutheran campus at the end of our Spring Break. Things will not be quiet for long, however, as we now head into a busy and exciting time. During the six weeks remaining before finals and graduation in mid-May, our students will be working hard to finish projects, complete research, make presentations, give recitals, participate in the Festival of Scholars, and all those things that come with the successful completion of the semester.
This has been another great year for Cal Lutheran beginning with this year's incoming class. They entered CLU with the highest grades and test scores in our history.
We have celebrated many student successes in the classroom, on the athletic field, and across campus.
Here are just some of the highlights:
Cal Lutheran received a $500,000 challenge grant from the John Stauffer Charitable Trust in January to establish the John Stauffer Research Fellows Program in Chemical Sciences. This program will more than double the number of Chemistry students able to conduct original research.
In February, Cal Lutheran's Theatre Arts Department maintained its tradition of excellence and was invited for the third consecutive year to perform at the Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Los Angeles. This is a tremendous honor for everyone involved in the production of "The Trojan Women."
Representative Elton Gallegly, one of Ventura County's leading citizens who recently retired from the United States House of Representatives after completing his 13th term in Congress, partnered with Cal Lutheran to launch The Elton and Janice Gallegly Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement. As part of our Master's in Public Policy and Administration program, the Gallegly Center is dedicated to preparing a new generation of leaders and public servants marked by strong character and integrity.
Kingsmen and Regals Athletics continue to represent our school with pride and honor while winning four SCIAC championships so far this year: Football, Women's Soccer, Women's Volleyball, and Women's Basketball. Currently, Baseball, Women's Water Polo, Women's Track and Field, and Men's Tennis are ranked in the top 10 nationally and are contending for SCIAC championships. Eight Cal Lutheran athletes were named to All-America teams. Among them, sophomore Taylor Will was the SCIAC Women's Soccer Athlete of the Year, and senior wide receiver Eric Rogers finished his career atop seven categories in the CLU record books and was the SCIAC Offensive Player of the Year in football.
The work to expand and improve our University's facilities continues. Construction has begun on the Ullman Commons. This will be a spectacular, state-of-the-art dining facility and social gathering place. This new center for campus life arrives thanks to the vision and generosity of friends and alumni, especially the Ullman Family Foundation. The Ullman family has produced four Cal Lutheran grads (so far), and their foundation has supported CLU scholarships and facilities for thirty-five years. The Ullman Commons will dramatically transform and enhance the heart of our campus when it opens in the spring of 2014.
Some things have not changed at all, though. Cal Lutheran will always be a place where men and women learn about the world, develop a sense of their purpose within it, and leave with the tools to be successful in living that purpose. Providing them with the resources and guidance they need has always been our driving purpose as an institution.
As always, I want to thank you for being our partners in this endeavor, and for trusting us to help our students — your students — be successful in both life and work.