For this second installment of my Friday Favorites, allow me to reflect back on the events of last weekend. I had the pleasure to participate in a number of programs related to the installment of Ronald J. Daniels as the 14th President in the 133 year history of Johns Hopkins University. To be honest, going into the weekend I wasn't expecting too much of the installation events. But once the weekend was over it was easy for me to state that I had enjoyed one of the most memorable Johns Hopkins experiences in my six years with the University. And once again, Ronald Daniels had surpassed my expectations. Before sharing my reflections on Installation Weekend, I want to flashback to March of this past year and the first official days of our new President's tenure. This was the first time Ron Daniels shocked me. As Daniels began his service to Hopkins one of his first ideas was to have a series of lunches and dinners with various student groups and campus leaders. One of the first groups he invited to dinner at his new home, the Nichols House, was the members of the Student Admissions Advisory Board (the students behind Hopkins Interactive). So on his third day as President of Johns Hopkins University, Ron Daniels had dinner with 20 current Hopkins undergraduates and myself as well. The evening was lovely, and the most memorable part is how President Daniels was able to address the group as a whole and also connect with each student individually. He was a gracious host, an engaging conversationalist, and right away you could see he was going to be a compelling leader. The night was so memorable that the SAAB students and I still reminisce about the dinner and hope we all get invited back soon.
Read President Daniels first letter to the Hopkins community dated March 2, 2009.
Watch a video of President Daniels addressing the Board of Trustees and accepting his election.
Review an official biography of Ronald J. Daniels.
Reflect back on Daniels first day in this March 2nd Gazette article.
President Daniels did begin his tenure with Hopkins six months prior in March, but I think in many ways it was this September when he really started his presidency. He even remarked back in April at an Admitted Student Open House that he will always see himself linked to the enrolling Class of 2013. This really impressed me about Daniels, spending his first months on the job learning all he can about the operations of Johns Hopkins University, and hearing the opinions of ALL linked to this grand institution. All of this preparation, all of the conversations, and a myriad of good meals led up to the events of last weekend and all the pomp and circumstance that surrounded the installation of Ronald Daniels at the 14th President of Johns Hopkins University.
The calendar of events over Installation weekend were extensive ... just see this complete list posted in the JHU Gazette. The weekend was a mix of mingling events with faculty, staff, and students, a 2.5K Fun Run, A President's Day of Service, a neighborhood block party, and the official installment on Sunday afternoon. The following links provide full coverage of the entire weekend of events, and also the video is a great reflection:
Gazette article on the Installation of President Daniels.
2.5K Presidential Fun Run Photo Gallery.
Day of Service Photo Gallery.
Community Block Party Photo Gallery.
Baltimore Sun's article of President Daniels' installment.
For me the two big events over the weekend were the 2.5K Presidential Fun Run around the Homewood campus, and then the official installment and reception on Sunday. As I often do, I took my camera with me and snapped a ton of photos. Enjoy this slideshow of the events of the weekend from my point-of-view:
And to finish, I come back to what I said at the beginning ... President Daniels continues to surpass my expectations. As I listened to his Inauguration Address I was quite inspired. Instead of me re-hashing the speech, here it is in its entirety for you to enjoy: