Today are the formal inaugural ceremonies, so I will be brief. I simply wish to thank all the faculty and students who participated in yesterday’s symposia and poster session. Those events made Wednesday, April 7, 2010 one of my very best days in Rhode Island. The enthusiasm, energy, and manifest commitment to excellence of the students and faculty at the poster session was inspirational for me, and everyone I spoke with who attended. The quality, breadth, and impact of the research and scholarship shared by the faculty speakers at the symposia was outstanding, even exhilarating. To all who wonder if the University of Rhode Island is truly capable of transforming the world and helping to create a brighter future: talk to the faculty and students who presented their work yesterday. They are already engaged in creating that future.