We made it! Lynn and I have been looking forward to this day since May – the day not only we, but also Rhody and our moving van, arrived in Kingston. And August 13th was the day. We enjoyed our trip from Montana, with its opportunities to visit family and friends and see parts of the country that we had never visited.
In many ways the world is already present in our state: Rhode Island is now, and has been for many years, a destination of choice for immigrants. I think this represents an important continuing opportunity for URI and Rhode Island. Events like the international meetings I just attended remind me that talent, inspiration, ambition, and the commitment to improve the quality of our lives are not restricted by geography, ethnicity, culture, or religion.
In my experience, the people of URI and Rhode Island are exceptional. I am delighted with the abilities and dedication of the leadership team, and the faculty, staff, and students of URI that I have met so far. Moreover, the alumni, supporters, and friends of URI are also impressive and encouraging. Everyone appears ready to embrace the future, willing, even eager, to facilitate change and to work cooperatively to build a better tomorrow.
July 1, 2009 did not appear to me to be a significant date at the beginning of the year. Now it is certainly one of the most important days in my life. It is not truly equivalent to November 24, 1978 (marriage to Lynn), or to the days on which Christopher and Samantha were born — but it must be in the top ten.