I want to direct this entry to our students and faculty. Several months ago the University's President Council (all of our VP's acting as our executive steering committee) determined, based on input from faculty and students, that there was no one time when we could realistically get the University community together to do scholarly functions, allow our student government association to do their work, or just provide a forum for the exchange of information. Out of this void, "Salus Time" was born. I will be the very first to admit that the concept as first presented was rather "squishy" but the intent was clear - setting aside time for us to communicate and come together as a University community. While organizationally, we didn't get our act together in time to meet the original start date of early this month, thanks to the efforts of many folks we now do have a start date and that is June 13th.
It was our desire to have the first Salus Time be a very special event. In fact, it will be. The only problem is that we had to adjust the orginal time from 1-3 to 3-5 because that's when our world-class speaker was available. So, who might that be? We've been extremly lucky to secure Dr. Harvey Rubin from the University of Pennsylvania who will speak to us about his involvement in founding the non-profit called Energize the Chain (EtC) (http://energizethechain.org ). EtC’s mission is to eradicate vaccine preventable deaths worldwide by making effective vaccines as accessible as global cell phone coverage. It's a pretty neat story that encapsulates creative thinking, entrepreneurship, public health and a sincere desire to improve the health of millions of children worldwide.
So, I realize we're asking folks to change their schedules but I promise you it will be worth it! I also promise you that we'll do much better in the future as we plan Salus Times so everyone knows what's happening.