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Hey, Yellowjackets!

two students standing on staircaseAs the end of our warm summer days draws near up in Rochester I’m very excited to see familiar faces back on campus! This summer has been anything but idle. We have been working on new initiatives and advocating on behalf of our students, and we can’t wait for you all to get back. Over the past three years, every time I get back to campus I’m surprised by how new our campus feels, and with the continuous development this summer, I’m sure this time will be no different!

First off, a big congratulations and welcome to the over 1,200 students of the Class of 2020!

Wow, already up to 2020. It seems like yesterday we were the ones being welcomed to the campus. Where did the last three years go? Looking back, I know I spent it on academics that challenged me and met people who have impacted the way I see the world, though it was my participation in student activities that really taught me what it meant to be a leader. As you return to Rochester in the next few weeks, I hope you’ll keep that in mind. I learned this past year that it’s never too late for a new experience.

Remember to embrace the new and exciting! That goes for all of us!

For those of you returning this fall, you are going to notice some new things around campus. Construction has begun on a new freshman dormitory on the hill between Susan B. Anthony and Fauver Stadium; Wegmans Hall is scheduled to be finished this coming winter, and the new Douglass Dining Center will be open this fall! The Douglass building will also be home to the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, as well as a new space for students to get together.

This year’s communal principle is Freedom. We encourage you to use this as an opportunity to grow as an individual and explore what makes you, you. We would also ask you to think about what freedom means for you, whether that’s on the individual or global scale, as well as some of the freedoms we may take for granted.

We are excited to serve as your SA vice president and president. In addition to continuing popular initiatives from last year like the 5K Challenge and “Lunch with Your Professor,” we want to create a stronger community that empowers students to challenge the status quo and help get each other through times of adversity. We hope you’ll join us in that goal. As always, you can send us an email, visit us in Ruth Merrill, speak at the Monday night Senate meetings, or schedule a lunch with us at Have a great end of the summer, and we’ll you soon!


Vito Martino ’17
Students’ Association President

Lance Floto ’17
Students’ Association Vice-