Welcome to spring (semester)

January 10, 2017
Welcome to spring (semester)

Spring semester 2017 has begun, bringing the opening of a new dining hall, the launch of a new strategic plan, and a panoply of cultural offerings. Highlights include:

Strategic Plan
After almost two years of work, Oxford’s new strategic plan is complete. Following an initial presentation in December, the plan has been endorsed by faculty, staff, and administration. During the week of January 9, it will be presented for approval to the Oxford Board of Counselors, and the Student Government Association. Titled “Pathways of Excellence,” the strategic plan focuses on three priority themes:  academic excellence, leadership applied to real life, and the value of an Oxford-Emory education.

New Dining Hall
The first meals in Oxford’s new dining hall, under construction since summer 2015, will be served by mid-January. Located on Pierce Street, across from the old facility, the new dining hall features an open interior designed to give greater flexibility in both seating and the way in which food is prepared and presented. Casual seating areas both inside and out are spaces where faculty, staff, and students can interact and relax. A private dining area can accommodate 100 diners or 150 seated for a meeting.

Arts and lectures, spring drama production
A wide range of concerts and lectures will take place throughout spring semester. In February monks of the Deprung Loseling Monastery will be on campus for a full week of activities related to Tibetan Buddhism, the highlight of which will be the creation of a traditional sand mandala. The Southern Circuit Film Series will continue, bringing three acclaimed films to campus. Charles L. Mee’s play Big Love, with student cast and crew, will be staged February 23-25. Performances by the Oxford Chorale and student dancers will both take place in April. 

Pierce Hall renovation
Pierce Hall, built as a science building in 1962, is closed as work begins on renovating it for 21st-century instruction. When it re-opens in one year, Pierce Hall will be a re-purposed building of classrooms, social-science labs, offices, and spaces where students can study and collaborate with each other and with faculty. 

Commencement will be Saturday, May 6, at 10 a.m. on the college quad. The commencement speaker will be Teresa Rivero 85Ox 87B 93MPH, lead senior program officer with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and an Emory University trustee.