Marywood University has enjoyed another exciting year of growth! We continue to plan our progress, particularly as our 2015 Centennial Celebration approaches. It's never too early to anticipate something so monumental, not just for history's sake, but because our decisions about programs, development, research, and other areas of the University's sustainability make such a profound impact on the students we serve, both now and in the future.
In keeping with this spirit of sustainable progress, our first class of the next generation of architects began an exciting journey at the start of the Fall 2009 semester, joining thousands of other Marywood University students--3,429 in all. This mostly full-time student population, especially on the undergraduate level, and our growing resident population prompted us to expand our residence facilities once more. Ground was broken in April 2010 to make way for the Woodland Residence Facilities II, and a new campus roadway, Maxis Lane, was constructed. Both were completed in time for the Fall 2010 semester.
Our athletic programs and facilities continue to grow as well, and, as of this writing, we have 17 varsity team sports, including our newest additions: Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving and Men's Golf. The multi-purpose field, added in 2009, is Marywood's first outdoor athletic field with lighting, making evening games possible. Our forthcoming Aquatics Center will further enhance our already first-rate athletics and wellness facilities and program offerings for the campus and the community.
Marywood University continues to demonstrate that "living responsibly in an interdependent world" is more than just catch phrase: it is our vibrant mission, a way of life that requires critical thinking and ethical decision-making on the part of each individual. As such, we maintain an ongoing concern for human rights issues and environmental, energy-conscious practices. This online-only, "green" President's Report is now our standard presentation, reducing our use of paper products and advancing our ongoing efforts to cultivate and practice environmental stewardship.
I am deeply grateful for the remarkable support you have shown and continue to affirm on behalf of Marywood University. Even during challenging economic times, you have chosen to step up and ensure that the important work we do continues to make a difference in the lives of so many.
Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D.
President of the University