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Message from the Chairperson - Al Smith

Jan. 26, 2018

This has been a challenging time for all of us as we have heard the heartbreaking accounts of Larry Nassar’s victims, learned of resignations, and watched the failings of our institution laid bare in the national media. We are all understandably saddened and hold the victims in our thoughts as they bravely and publicly relive their trauma. It is important that we continue to recognize the pain of the victims and their families after the news coverage subsides – the horrors they have experienced cannot be undone and will always be carried by them.

As Dean Floden communicated in his note to the College community, we possess a special responsibility as educators to empower broad dialogue, to listen, and to promote a culture of trust and respect. I ask you to embrace this responsibility and to engage students and colleagues in ways that help reinforce the values we hold dear as educators and Spartans. This is an important way to demonstrate our respect for and solidarity with the victims.

In Kinesiology, we are also uniquely positioned to contribute to the national dialogue surrounding the promotion of safe, healthy, and equitable youth sport and physical activity. More than ever, we must redouble our efforts to produce knowledge and conduct outreach that contributes to the well-being of young people and that strengthens communities. We do work that matters, and this has never been more evident than now. Let us do our part to help our institution move forward constructively in the wake of the sad tragedy we have witnessed.

As always, I am grateful for your efforts and commitment to our important educational mission.

Sincerely,
Al Smith
Al Smith
Chairperson and Professor