I love a new school year. It is a time to welcome back students, faculty and staff and to give a warm welcome to newcomers to the IWA family. It is such an exciting experience to watch a new group of young women, so full of promise and enthusiasm, enter the doors of IWA for the first time. I feel a sense of pride not only for the new falcons but also for the returning students who will serve as role models for this group of freshmen. The start of the new school year is full of opportunities to learn, mature, have fun, make lasting friendships, and grow into the Women of the Word. It is wonderful for me to play a part in making that happen.
There is a lot to be excited about in every aspect of our growing IWA community. The Mothers' Club Board has planned wonderful opportunities for parents to socialize and volunteer together throughout the school year. The Young Leaders Program introduced its complete concentration program and expanded its curriculum with a new course entitled Leading with Business, offered in partnership with The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Construction will begin on the new educational building in the next couple of weeks to accommodate our Leadership Program needs, additional classrooms, collaborative student learning areas, student activities, collaborative space for faculty and staff, and our fine arts program.
In order to make these blessings for the school happen, we have begun a $15,000,000 capital campaign to cover the cost of the entire project. The campaign theme is I Am In and I look forward to sharing more about this campaign with you as the year continues. It is my prayer that everyone-- families, alumnae, faculty, staff, board members and friends of IWA see their way to contribute to this campaign. The project is truly needed and I know that together, we can make it happen!
As you can see, there is a great deal to be excited about at IWA and we are extremely grateful for all those who generously serve in all kinds of ways to make IWA an incredible school. With the hard work of our faculty and staff and the support from our larger IWA community, I know it's going to be a great year.
Praised be the Incarnate Word,
Sister Lauren Beck, C.V.I.