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President Miller Welcomes Hamline University Community Back to Campus

Dear Hamline Community:

A new academic year has begun. This year promises much in terms of who we are as members of the Hamline University community and what we can do together. As I drove onto campus yesterday, I was delighted by all that I witnessed—students hurrying to class, faculty loaded down with materials, parking lots full, and the air ripe with possibilities.

It is exciting to see students again—walking to class, hanging out on the campus green, meeting new, and greeting old friends. To see faculty overflowing with joy as they return to in-person instruction and get to interact with our students in the way that Hamline professors are accustomed. Staff have been at the ready for quite some time from preparing for the return of our students by making sure our campus grounds are in pristine and beautiful shape to identifying ways to make sure their first few days on campus are filled with activities and information about how to best navigate through and be part of the Hamline community. All of this, and more, is to ensure that Pipers have the kind of experience expected of and desired by a college student.

We, as a nation and at Hamline, have endured much over the last year and a half. Our spirits might have been dampened a bit, but Hamline never stopped moving forward. We never stopped doing what we do best—educating and taking care of our students. As many of you are aware, we had no campus-based transmission of COVID-19 on Hamline's campus last academic year. Unlike some institutions, we never closed our residence hall doors, we made sure that all who needed a safe haven or a place to call home were able to do so. We made sure that all who needed food, got food. We addressed the mental health and physical needs of our students. In short, we did “all the good” we could do and will continue to do so.

Faculty continued to engage students both in and outside the classroom. Faculty/student research projects, a hallmark of our institution, never ceased. Internships and service projects, many virtual, nevertheless were still available to our students. Given what we were able to do together last year—in the middle of a pandemic—this year promises to be even better. I am excited for all of you—all of us, together.

I am thrilled to welcome each of you to Hamline University. If you are a new student, faculty, or staff, welcome to our incredible institution. We are glad that you chose to be a part of our community. If you are a returning member of our community, we are pleased that you are back—welcome home.

Hamline University, with you, continues to grow, to thrive. As the first university in Minnesota and the first inclusive university, we continue to lead the way. Together, we have accomplished great things and together, we will continue to do great things in the future.

Author John Geddes may have written it best when he said, “I do not just wish you rain, I wish you the beauty of storms.” We have come through the storm and are ready for what comes next.

I look forward to seeing you around campus—hearing how your day is going, watching you compete as part of one of our athletic teams, listening to you perform as part of the a cappella choir, orchestra, wind or jazz ensemble, or watching you take to the stage as part of the theatre or dance program. I look forward to what HUSC (Hamline Undergraduate Student Congress), will accomplish this year as well as the many other organizations on campus. I look forward to reading the work of our accomplished faculty and reveling in their local and national success as scholars. Above all, I look forward to once again seeing Hamline University as it ought to be.

Have a wonderful year. Welcome to Hamline University!


Fayneese Miller, PhD