By FATIMA FAKHREDDINE, Guest Writer

The New Academic Year celebration was held Wednesday afternoon, September the 18th, in Kochoff Hall by Chancellor Daniel Little.

Chancellor Little welcomed faculty and staff to the start of a new semester. The purpose of the event is to give faculty and staff the chance to get together and discuss work related and personal topics.

“My favorite part of the event is seeing and reconnecting with faculty and staff. Many faculty do not teach over the summer months.” Chancellor Little continues, “It is very energizing for me to start a new semester because faculty and staff approach each semester with a sense of freshness and enthusiasm.”

The Chancellor took the opportunity in this event to share updates related to campus strategy.

“The year has started off on a very positive note. Earlier this month we helped over 430 students move into The Union. Student and parent reaction to the new housing complex has been very positive.”

According to Chancellor Little, The Union has given the university the ability to increase their enrollment by recruiting students from outside the Detroit area.

Chancellor Little further discussed accomplishments taking place this year.

“This month we also launched the new College of Education, Health and Human Services. Faculty have worked hard over the summer to create new college by-laws and will soon announce new programming.”

The changes and advances being made at the university are to the advantage of the students as well as faculty and staff.

To help advance students learning capabilities the campus is going to hold a visit from the Higher Learning Commission.

“A visiting team of higher education professionals will meet with faculty, staff, students and community members to make a recommendation about reaccreditation,” said, Chancellor Little as he continues, “reaccreditation is very important because it ensures students are receiving a quality education.”

The Union is only the beginning of new and renovated additions to the campus. As these changes start, the Chancellor is getting himself involved with student events and programs.

“Plans continue to be finalized to relocate classrooms, labs and office space so the Science Building renovations can begin. Science Building renovations are expected to be completed in the Fall 2016,”said Chancellor Little. “I also look forward to engaging with students on various programs and events that are already being scheduled into the new semester. “

This academic year is filled with new and revamped endeavors that the university’s faculty, staff, and students are preparing to take on.