August 23, 2013

The summer always goes by quickly and it is time for the students to return and the semester begins.

A lot was done over the summer but I thought without the students here the day to day activities to report on are not as fast paced as the academic year.

This summer we had a change - RTIP alum, Liz Bracken, joined the faculty to replace the retired Steve Barham. Interns from the east coast to the west were visited by faculty and completed their internships and are heading back to campus.

The agenda for the 40th annual Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming will soon be released and students will see new instructors for some of the courses as we made changes with the instruction duties to fit the expertise of the various faculty.

As you might expect we do as much of our planning over the summer and we have a few new events in the works. Our annual back to school event will be very different and I look forward to reporting on that in about a month.

I often compare the academic year to a long racing season. I think everyone is ready for a break by the end of the academic year but I always look forward to everyone returning and the faster pace of the classes and student activity to start again. Monday, the first day of classes, traffic on campus is always crazy and I have a 9 AM class with forty students.

I also want to wish our recent graduates good luck. Some are working at tracks like Lone Star, Del Mar, and Keeneland. One has taken on a new opportunity with a start-up company, TimeformUS. Others are traveling as chart callers, and working with trainers. Also our Irish exchange students will be missed and they are back home in their last year of school in Dublin. If I left anyone out and you may still be looking for the right opportunity in racing, three new jobs were posted on the jobs board over the summer. Give me a call.

Looking forward to next week and meeting the new students and the new exchange students from Ireland.  Ironically as I write this the two new exchange students from Ireland just walked in, so I am going to end and show them around.  I will report back soon on the first week of classes!