At UNT Dallas there is no summer vacation. We’ve experienced record-high summer school enrollment, the campus is bustling with youth campers and construction workers are putting the finishing touches on our newest building (more on that later). It is a true pleasure to watch this university become a hub of community engagement and thought leadership – a testament to the hard work of our students, faculty, staff and community partners. But beyond the purposeful hustle I observe daily at UNTD, this is a summer of milestones for our young university. In late May, the unique mission and approach of our UNT Dallas College of Law was validated by the American Bar Association when it was granted provisional approval for accreditation. With the important hurdle of accreditation now cleared, our law school can focus on serving Dallas, the region, and the entire state with a low-cost, high-quality, practice-oriented legal education that will support economic growth and opportunity for a diverse and talented group of law students. In June we received more good news when the U.S. Department of Education announced it will be awarding UNT Dallas $2.58 million through two grants in support of TRIO Upward Bound programming. The UNT Dallas Upward Bound program will encourage lower income and potential first-generation college students to complete secondary school, enroll in post-secondary education and publicize the availability of – as well as facilitate the application for – student financial assistance for persons who seek to pursue post-secondary education or complete these programs. Related programming will begin this fall at UNTD, targeting 60 high school students each year (120 total) in grades 9-12 from Sunset, Lincoln, Kathlyn Gilliam, Seagoville, Lancaster, and South Oak Cliff High Schools. Our next milestone will be truly transformational, as our University is set to become a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week village of learning with the opening of our first-ever residence hall. I hope many of you will join us for a ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony on August 3. This new building, and most importantly the first group of students to live in it, will push UNT Dallas into a new era – validating all the passion, energy and labor that took UNTD from concept to reality. Summertime is OUR time at UNT Dallas. We’re building something special and thank everyone in the UNTD community for their efforts and support.