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Dear Faculty and Staff —

This was a short week for me here on the UIS campus. I was at home in Michigan on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for personal business and routine appointments. Other than meetings on Monday about graduate assistantships, enrollment, and review of tenure and promotion files, it was a day with few surprises. At the Chancellor’s cabinet, topics discussed included: student survey regarding graduation, institutional effectiveness and assessment, and audit controls regarding operational deficits.

Since I was absent here for the rest of the week, I am taking the liberty of sharing one of my favorite poems instead of my usual weekly summary. I hope you enjoy it and find some gratitude in thinking about Spring and, for many of you, the upcoming spring break.

Thank you,


Linda M. Delene, PhD

Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (VCAA) and Provost

University of Illinois Springfield

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