We’re in such unprecedented times, or at least that is what we tell ourselves.

Interviews with past Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) presidents reveal that, perhaps, much is still the same. A dive into the Northern Iowan newspaper archives finds previous pandemics, calls for social change, campus protests, budget challenges and technology disruptions on curriculum and society. I could not be more proud of our 40-year evolution anchored in an unwavering focus on student success. Faculty help students achieve more than many of them ever thought possible. It’s who we are.

Student success drove our pandemic response decisions. In less than two weeks, our 2020 spring semester moved from predominantly face-to-face to 100% virtual. Meetings moved to Zoom. The fall term started early, a combination of online (26%) with in-person classes in large rooms to afford social distancing. We’ve upended the spring schedule, canceled spring break and delayed the start while also adding virtual options over the extended eight-week holiday break. As I write this, past mid-term, face-to-face classes continue. Will we make it through the semester? Regardless, our 40th year moves forward, pandemic or not!

I am the last dean of this college to have worked for all previous deans. I transitioned from an instructor who was intimidated by our first dean, Robert J. Waller, to developing a fast friendship with the dean before me, Farzad Moussavi. I look forward to celebrating with my colleagues, probably post-vaccine, to recognize where we have been and where we are today. But more, I need your stories, our alumni, about your business college journey to share with my colleagues. Just as shared in this issue, pictures tell the story of how far we’ve come. Reach out to me. Please help us celebrate.