We have passed the half mile pole (spring break) and each spring semester is very busy for faculty and students. We tend to have a few more racing classes in the spring semester compared to the fall semester due to the work required for the symposium. The spring semester courses are also more projects oriented.

We also have guest speakers scheduled after we get at least a few weeks of the semester going.

Last week we had two speakers: alum, Matt Hegarty from the Daily Racing Form and Mark Thurman from CHRIMS. Matt appropriately spoke in the Joe Hirsch Speaker Forum and Mark talked to my race track management class. Mark was also a great fit for that class because we are currently learning about simulcast operations.

Last week I also had a couple of interesting calls with two other higher education institutions that have racing programs. One of the programs is Europe and the other in Australia. We discussed potential ways the programs may be able to collaborate. I love Skype and us it when I can with meeting of this nature.

This week we were glad to have Mike Tanner back to speak in the Joe Hirsh Speaker Forum. Mike was in town this time last year and did a great job and was visiting Arizona again so we recruited him for a return engagement.

Today the faculty met to go over a number of intern applications from our students. This process is always exciting trying to coordinate a good match for the student intern and the host organization. It is important to us that the student can meet their goals with their internship and the time spent with them and a potential host organization is vital.

I hate to say this for anyone reading this from the Midwest or Mid-Atlantic but we seem to have skipped spring here and went right into the 80s and low 90s so the change in weather feels hot.