President's Message

July / August 2018

To all faculty, students, and alumni:

We are proud to be a part of this amazing University that has just celebrated its 250th Commencement and Reunion Weekend.  As it is every year, the campus was alive with visiting alumni, graduating seniors, advanced degree recipients, families and faculty.  It was an exciting time at the Faculty Club as well. Several reunion class events were held at the Club, and I was pleased to host the “Senior Scoop”, a senior week activity, dishing out ice cream to graduates.

Commencement capped what has been a year of significant accomplishments at the Club.  The most notable of this year’s progress is the opening of the Faculty Club Lounge, a wonderful new space for mingling with faculty, staff and alumni.  During the Board of Managers meeting last October, Andre Willis suggested that the Club should have a bar. Subsequent to that meeting, the University’s Dining Services team, led by Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, Barbara Chernow, designed and had constructed, what is nothing short of a great place for having a beverage and friendly conversation. The lounge features creative signature cocktails, local beers and share plates and snacks.

Another new initiative, the weekly Thursday Community Luncheon Buffet, presents a wonderful opportunity to engage in conversation with friends and colleagues while enjoying great cuisine.  The buffets have been very well received and the food is excellent.  I highly recommend that you participate in one of these luncheons upon your return to school this fall.

Commencement signals a new beginning. The Faculty Club Board of Managers is fortunate and looking forward to new undertakings with the addition of four new Board members.  Please join us in welcoming Linda Brault, Senior Study Abroad Program Manager, International Programs; Ross Cheit, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Professor of Political Science; Jarrod Lynn (Brown ’05, ScM’07) Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life, Religious Life Affiliate, The Providence Roundtable Coordinator; Eric Suuberg, C.V. Starr Professor of Technology, Professor of Engineering.  This amazing group of individuals will certainly add to the variety of viewpoints shared by the Board.

The Club has made real progress over this past year and we are looking forward to continued enhancements in the next year.  As always, I encourage you to visit the Club, a place that connects all aspects of the University – faculty, staff, students and alumni, and  be reminded of the values and the diversity that Brown stands for.

 -- Joseph DiMartino, President of the Brown Faculty Club