Part of student Orientation at Webster University is a dean’s introduction.  We have an hour allotted.  My dean introduces each of his four department chairs to the gathered students and parents.

I was the last introductee this year.  When Peter introduced me, members of the audience cheered.

I’m continuing to ponder those cheers this weekend.  Why did I get cheers, and not others?  The answer must be a couple of simple facts: I met personally with most of the new students, sharing coffee or meals with some of them; and I was the only department chair in the arts who advised new students during summer advising.  This creates a bond, and a comfort.  Music students come into school knowing the chair of the department already.  Other arts students don’t.

That cheering was certainly gratifying . . . .!

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