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Letter from the President - May 2016

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President Debra Bean presnts award to Alette Coble-Temple
President Debra Bean presenting an award to JFK Professor Alette Coble-Temple

As we prepare to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates at the upcoming commencement ceremonies, I reflect back on all we have accomplished together this past year at John F. Kennedy University. My first year as president marked a year of discovery and learning within the University community. And oh the things I have learned, and there is more every day! The faculty, staff, and students at JFKU have amazed me in their dedication to the community and making a difference.  When I speak with all members of our community, they tell me stories about their dedication to making a difference. Whether it’s in the JFKU Counseling Centers, in the Law Clinics, or through Service Learning projects, the students’ commitment to making a difference in their communities and in the world is purposeful. I have learned so much, and am committed to extending my year of knowing to my second year.  There is always more to learn and opportunities to grow from this very rich, diverse student body. At John F. Kennedy University, it is at the intersection of our dedication to our students and our dedication to making a difference that our mission of Education for Change is realized.

Many events this year contributed to our mission to make the world a better place. I am proud to say that we have secured more than $3 million in federal and other grants that are providing enhanced services to students, including the creation of a new Hispanic Undergraduate Success Center and the expansion of the VALOR center, which serves our veteran students. We have made significant strides in developing our strategic plan for 2020 to achieve an exceptional student experience. We are laying out a vision for growth and future initiatives that will build on the University’s strengths: serving communities; providing personalized support for students; and John F. Kennedy University’s dedication to educational excellence.

Just this month the Sports Psychology program hosted the 2016 LEAP into Fashion Show Luncheon, which was a great success! We now turn our attention to the two weeks blocked off in July and August, when many of our students will experience their first internship. We have also solidified a sport-specific camp to run in conjunction with the two weeks our interns will work at Orin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Facility. More details about our sport camp partner to come in the next LEAP Newsletter! To learn more about LEAP, email Drew or Dan at: leap@jfku.edu.

We begin commencement season focusing on the exceptional student experience. On May 29, the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins, Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeals, will deliver his commencement address to John F. Kennedy University College of Law graduates. JFKU’s 51st commencement ceremony, on June 18, will feature keynote speaker, Debi Hemmetor, Founder and Director of Partnerships at Lean In. We are so excited to welcome these speakers and look forward to celebrating the hard work of our graduates at the upcoming commencement ceremonies!