The third week of school is already here! We celebrated with a "Coffee & Donuts" reception for the new and returning students last week. It was good to get some of the "newbies" together with some of the seasoned students who are further along in the program. They can be great mentors to the new students and help them acclimate to the university environment and the RTIP. We are going to try to offer more get-togethers as the year progresses. Our big "Welcome Back" party is at the end of this month, and will be quite different from our usual get together in the past.
My racetrack business class is learning about the history of racinos and slot machine operations. While many may not pursue that route for a career, many students will either work at such a facility or, if they are on the equine side, prosper from the benefits a casino brings to their income. Understanding that part of the business may be necessary. One of the things we do well here in the program is prepare and expose students to many different components of the parimutuel industry. Give a listen to one of our recent and successful graduates talk about his experience here and the real-life implications:
Liz, the newest faculty member, has adapted well and informed me it was actually cooler in Tucson than New York one day this week. (She is going to appreciate the weather even more when the winter snow hits the east coast). Liz has already made contributions to the Symposium planning and is well underway teaching her first class, the first semester racing law class.