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It was a beautiful day on the Washington State University campus Monday, the first day of the fall 2011 semester.  As I made my way through campus, the streets were bustling with all of our students headed off to their first classes.  I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our largest-ever incoming freshman class to campus as well as our returning students; it is great to have all of you here.  Even with the challenges that we face, I am excited for this new school year to begin and I hope you are as well.

Over the weekend Carmento and I had the distinct pleasure of participating in Pullman’s Lentil Festival Parade.  Such a wonderful event and we were so proud to see all the WSU participants from our wonderful WSU marching band to all of our student athletes and coaches.  It did not end there, so many of the participants in this event are members of the Cougar family. Whether you are faculty, staff, student or a Cougar fan, there was a great deal of excitement and pride felt on the streets of downtown Pullman.  The parade and all the events that go along with the Lentil Festival provide an outstanding way for those new to Pullman and WSU to learn what this area is about and what it has to offer.  All the volunteers and organizers of this community event did an outstanding job; I don’t know a better way to spend a beautiful Saturday!

As we move past the first few days of classes and into the semester, I look forward to seeing everyone around campus – as well as filling up the stands at Cougar volleyball and football games!  Welcome back and Go Cougs!

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