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As you know from a message that was sent to the listservs a couple of weeks ago, on October 17 I co-hosted (along with Trinity University President Patricia McGuire) a meeting with officials of the Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to discuss safety around the Brookland-CUA Metrorail station. A recent Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Security Report indicated that from January to August 2013 the Brookland-CUA station recorded the largest number of crimes in the Metrorail system. Almost all these crimes were either bicycle thefts or “snatch and grab” property thefts. The MTPD has taken successful steps to reduce the number of these incidents.

At the meeting we discussed ways for safety officials from our institutions to collaborate more closely. The MTPD and MPD officials also stressed the importance of practicing good safety habits on the Metro. After the meeting MTPD sent some tips. You can find them at I encourage you to take a look. We all want to enjoy the many things Washington has to offer, and the Metro is the best way to get to them. But it certainly won’t cramp your style to exercise prudence as you do so.

  HARVEST HOME, Team Capitol DC's entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, took seventh place in the competition, in which the cumulative scores were the closest in event history. (Photo credit: Larry Engel)

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon concluded on October 13 after the final results of the competition were announced on October 12. Team Capitol DC, made up of more than 100 students from The Catholic University of America, George Washington University and American University, placed in the top five universities for six of the 10 total contests in the elite international competition. When all the scores were tallied, Team Capitol DC took 7th place out of 19 teams who made it to the final round. This was quite an accomplishment for our students and, more important, a great learning experience – one I am sure they will long remember.

On October 30 I traveled to New York for the last day of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music’s three-day concert series at Carnegie Hall. This is the fourth year our students and faculty have performed there, thanks to the La Gesse Foundation. At first blush the Carnegie Hall series appears as different as can be from a solar decathlon. But they have this in common: our students benefit from a profoundly enriching academic experience that occurs beyond the classroom walls, thanks in large part to dedicated staff and faculty who serve as their mentors.

On October 25 we issued our 2012-2013 Annual Report. In addition to academic-year highlights and financial statements, this year’s report celebrates our Division III Athletics program, which won the 2012–2013 Landmark Conference Presidents’ All-Sports Cup. I am really delighted to have the opportunity to highlight athletics in this year’s report. We are very proud of our student-athletes, and are grateful for what they bring to campus. They are successful and disciplined competitors, and they bring the virtues they acquire on the field to the classroom and in service to others. I am happy we can provide them with an environment where they thrive.

Speaking of successful athletes, I have to give a shout out to my Boston Red Sox, who managed to roll over the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. For the record I only cheer against a team of Cardinals when they’re from St. Louis or Arizona, and even then, only when they are playing a team from Boston.

It’s hard to believe that midterms are already behind us, and that Thanksgiving is around the corner. The semester is flying by. Let me offer my wishes to all for a productive month of November, and a blessed Thanksgiving.