February 7, 2007
Faculty, staff, and students gathered to hear the president's annual State of the University address. The hour long speech touched on many different topics, but the most notable were plans to expand the university and student safety.
Casteen recognized one student was murdered studying on the blue ridge parkway, another shot while sitting on their porch, and the most recent just two weeks ago, when two female students were sexually attacked near grounds.
He credited it to random acts of violence and crimes of opportunity.
“Particularly when under the influence of alcohol students don't always use the best judgment, but in any event the number of students who are victimized while themselves are somewhat impaired is an ongoing concern,” said Mr. Casteen.
As far as expansion, he said the biggest issue is finding a place to put the new buildings on central grounds.
Casteen did say that enrollment and graduation rates are right on track.