Then three department heads each introduced in turn a new faculty appointment in their department. Jeremy Reger was introduced as the new vocal coach in opera, David Requiro, cello, and Jennifer Hayghe, piano. Each performed, and wow, were they good! Jeremy Reger played the score of Strauss' Dance of the seven veils from Salome, and pulled seven large, colorful veils from his sleeves and pockets as he played. It was hilarious. David Requiro played the Largo from a sonata by Chopin, and it was beautiful. Jennifer Hayghe played an incredibly difficult, passionate piece by Scriabin and brought down the house.
Then Rob laid out a vision for the college - not "his" vision but one that has been forged collaboratively over the past year in a series of meetings and retreats, consisting of 5 pillars which build on the past strengths and uniqueness of the college and at the same time take it in new directions. It was quite an event! And many, many people came up to say hello to Betsey and tell her how glad they were to see her.
Before the convocation
Rob at the podium giving his talk
After the convocation, we waked a good little distance over to a private dining room for lunch for special guests, donors, advisory committee members, etc. We got to talk more with David Requiro, the cellist, who sat across from us.
Gathering for lunch
This was a very nice day, but tiring too for Betsey, and when we got home, she got a pretty long nap. Ellen made her wild rice salad with grilled chicken for supper, plus "green" soup (peas, lettuce, leeks, parsley, etc., blended). Yum! We had a nice walk after supper, as usual.
For a CU summary of Rob's talk today go to