A Message from President James R. Roach
Teaching. Learning. Service to the community.
All these have occurred consistently at Western Connecticut Sate
University since our founding in 1903. This year, however,
they have taken on a new meaning.
In 2001, we began planning for the celebration of the
university's centennial, marking 100 years of educating students.
As we planned for the celebration we were reintroduced to the
mission, values and principles of our university. We began to
appreciate once again the importance, necessity and significance of
our everyday roles in fulfilling our responsibility to our students
and to our community-- responsibilities that begin with teaching,
learning and serving the community.
Our anniversary gives us a chance to reflect back on our
achievements in teaching and learning, and to look ahead to promote
programs that ensure continued academic excellence and physical
growth and development. We have had the opportunity to do that
this year and thanks to those who went before us, we are proud of
how the university has evolved over the century. We are
engaged in building a strong foundation for the next 100 years.
In 2103, when others look back, we hope they will recognize the
continuity of effort to build the university.