Urbana University students began classes on Monday, Aug. 22, after a weekend filled with activity.
On Friday, Aug. 19, incoming freshmen were honored at the Annual Opening Convocation. Greeted by President of the Board of Trustees Dr. David R. Decker, students also heard from Campus Chaplain Rev. Betsy Coffman and Student Body President Logan Smith, an accounting major from Fredericktown.
In addition, the Class of 2020 witnessed the investiture ceremony of President George E. Lucas Jr. In his address, Lucas told students, “There are over 166 years of memories packed into our 128-acre campus … and I promise you … you will not find a more committed group of faculty and staff to challenge you … make you think … help you learn …guide you … and stand beside you as you work to achieve your goals.”
Lucas closed his remarks by adding, “I am honored to serve as your president, and I am committed to serving our valued students and this community for many years to come.”
Lucas is Urbana University’s 25th president.
As the weekend progressed, members of the Blue Knight Football team enjoyed an afternoon with residents of the Brookdale Senior Community, as other students headed out in groups to perform community projects, including projects at The Gloria Theatre, the Champaign Family Y’s Camp Shiffer, Monument Square District, and Mercy McAuley Center.
“No matter how many times I experience it, there is always something very exciting about the beginning of a new academic year and expanding the UU family,” said Nick Christian, executive director of Student Services. “We have many programs and events planned for our students this year and are wholly committed to their success.”
Submitted by Urbana University.