This semester holds the possibility of the Leighton School making some interesting changes, enhancements, and upgrades. One awesome change is the addition of new faculty members. We welcome three new faculty colleagues – Klajdi Bregu, Samaneh Torkzadeh, and Andrew Swain. All three have already demonstrated a keen interest in becoming contributing members of our School and University. Welcome aboard, Klajdi, Samaneh, and Andrew. We will undertake a serious discussion of retaining and/or replacing the calculus course, M 199, as a requirement for the BSBA. Some significant work has already been undertaken, which has demonstrated that calculus concepts are rarely applied in business courses. Beth Kern has been working with Leighton faculty and the Math Department to create an alternate course that would have our students working on critical thinking, applying math to word problems, and other problem-driven activities that would enhance their abilities in this critical area. Look for this item on the September Faculty Meeting agenda. Two new committees were formed to address specific topics in the Leighton School. A taskforce to give a close examination of the Business Core courses was constituted, with David Tobey (chair), Mohammad Merhi, Xing Lu, and Beth Kern (ex officio) as members. This committee will be charged to look closely at the body of coursework we current have in the Business Core, examine the potentials for integration of content across disciplines, identify what is being tested and emphasized in each course, and match content with business needs and expectations. The Taskforce will be asking for information and insights from those who teach Business Core Courses, so I hope you will provide such data when called upon. The second committee is the Assessment Committee. Membership on this committee includes Vishal Bindroo, Gary Kern, Bhavik Pathak (ex officio), and Hong Zhuang. Bhavik will direct the efforts of this group given his role as associate dean in charge of assurance of learning. Again, this group will undoubtedly need input from the School. Your contributions are encouraged and appreciated. Thanks to all these folks for their willingness to serve. Membership on current standing committees, as assigned earlier this year, will remain unchanged.