The flowering plums are telling us that spring is here, and we are ready for it after a particularly cold and wet winter. In spite of the rainy weather, the University Building is humming with activity. Students are busy with classes and other pursuits. Seniors have finished their senior essays and are preparing for their oral presentations. Faculty are conducting classes, preparing for conference presentations, assisting with student clubs, working on committees, and preparing for April visits from finalists for a new faculty position. And everyone is looking forward to Commencement in May when our first BA class will graduate.