Following a year-and-a-half of disruptions brought on by COVID-19, Western Kentucky University hit the reset button on Monday by looking ahead to the new academic year.
President Timothy Caboni delivered the annual opening convocation to faculty and staff. Although a much sparser crowd than in typical years filed into Van Meter Hall for the speech, it was a return to something closer to normal. The annual address was delivered virtually last year. This year, those wanting to hear the speech could do so either in person or online.
Despite the challenges of the past 18 months, President Caboni applauded the campus for still delivering classes, conducting research, and providing what he described as the WKU experience.
“You responded to the pandemic challenges by innovating and evolving your instruction to meet the moment," Caboni said. "Those changes enabled our students to succeed.”