In his first video update since the spring, President Ortiz spoke about his health, Fall Conference, orientation and the university’s 75th anniversary celebration.
At last year’s Convocation, Ortiz pledged to lose 25 pounds. The president reported that he is halfway there and has renewed his commitment to taking care of himself, especially after having a minor stroke a few weeks ago while visiting his daughter in San Diego.
Ortiz said he did not suffer any lasting adverse effects from the stroke and that his doctors expect him to make a full recovery. He said he has already returned to work and remains committed to the university and the tasks that lie ahead.
That work includes Convocation, which kicks off the university’s 75th anniversary on Monday, Sept. 23. Visit the Fall Conference website for details on activities during the first week of class. Visit the 75th anniversary website to see a list of events throughout the year.
During the summer, the campus is hosting about 3,300 incoming freshmen and another 2,800 transfer students at orientation sessions. The sessions include discussions about adapting to campus life, and using academic and support services. The students were chosen from more than 42,000 applicants.
Ortiz also noted that Sharon Hilles was appointed dean of the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences. The president thanked Hilles for serving as interim dean, adding that he looked forward to seeing CLASS continue to succeed.
To read the entire video message, download a PDF of the transcript.