What an amazing time for me to have the opportunity to serve as Interim Dean for SARUP! This year we celebrate 50 years from the School’s founding. We are planning a host of activities to celebrate Fifty Years of SARUP. Some will be intellectually challenging; others just silly and fun. The opening event for students will be the Friday T&B kickoff with BBQ, ice cream, and games. Throughout the year, we’ll be offering special lectures, Pecha Kucha nights, gallery shows, and other events that we brand with a big 5-0. The big bash—our 50th Anniversary gala in April—will be a three-day celebration, focusing on the future of our professions and looking back fondly at the past 50 years. As I write, I realize that I have been with SARUP for half of its lifetime. I joined the planning program in 1994, 25 years ago. In that time, faculty, staff, and students have come and gone, with some departing all too soon. One constant has always been the steady leadership of Dean Bob Greenstreet Bob does not want the 50th Anniversary to be about his tenure, but I would be remiss not to recognize his outstanding leadership—and the giant shoes he has left to fill. SARUP has much to be grateful for in his 38 years of service to SARUP (29 of those as Dean). Happily, my role will be to fill those shoes only until the School finds a new permanent dean to lead SARUP into the second half of its first century. Until then, I look forward to working with the great team of faculty, staff, and student leaders in SARUP, and meeting with as many of you as I can to hear your ideas for preparing the school for the next 50 years.