University-wide picnic continues inaugural festivities, celebrates new academic yearInaugural festivities marking the arrival of Don Michael Randel as the Universitys 12th president will continue with an All-University Picnic scheduled for the first day of classes, Monday, Sept. 25.
President Randel has already been honored with a civic dinner on Navy Pier, where more than 800 city leaders, including Mayor Daley, welcomed Randel and his wife, Carol, to Chicago. Inauguration festivities will culminate Tuesday, Nov. 2, when he will be inaugurated officially as the Universitys 12th President.
The All-University Picnic will serve both to welcome Randel and to celebrate the first day of the new academic year, according to Kineret Jaffe, Secretary of the Board of Trustees and chair of the inauguration committee.
The arrival of a new president seemed to call for a campus-wide activity early in the quarter, Jaffe said. We thought the first day of classes was ideal. That way, we could also celebrate something else: the coming together of our community to begin another year of teaching, research and scholarship.
The picnic may be the most heavily attended of the fall inaugural events. With food and music planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., thousands of students, staff and faculty members are expected to attend.
Because classes and university operations will continue normally all day, the picnics length was extended to allow more members of the University community to fit some time at the picnic into their schedules.
For additional information about Randel and other inaugural events, such as those scheduled throughout the city for alumni, visit the inauguration Web page at http://inauguration.uchicago.edu.