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Message from the president

Nov. 19, 2010

Dear students:

The conclusion of the fall semester is rapidly approaching. We are all preparing for Thanksgiving, when we can share a special time with loved ones and reflect upon our many blessings.

Baylor has celebrated many successes this semester, both in the classroom and on the playing field. As you conclude your semester, I kindly ask you to march with the theme of "finish strong."

The end of the semester brings the stress of term papers, group projects and impending final exams. I therefore want to encourage all of you, including our graduating seniors, to finish the semester on a high note, full of energy and determination.

As Coach Art Briles and the Baylor Bears football team look to conclude their most successful regular season in recent history, becoming bowl eligible for the first time in 15 years, we should rally to encourage them to "finish strong." These wonderful student-athletes have been working very hard since summer camp opened in August to bring pride to the Baylor Nation.

This week, Briles said, "Our deal is to fight to the finish and win. We're going to fight to the finish and try to claw out a really good win against a really good football team this Saturday."

Tomorrow is Senior Day at Floyd Casey Stadium. Seniors Jay Finley, Antonio Johnson, Byron Landor and Danny Watkins are just a few of the players who will play their final home game in a Baylor Bears uniform.

For all of our seniors: I invite you to join me tomorrow night in running into Floyd Casey Stadium with the Baylor Line. This will be your last opportunity to take part in this great tradition, so please join with your classmates and our enthusiastic freshmen.

I also commend all of you for supporting Baylor athletics in a variety of ways. You've attended the game day tailgates on campus for home football games. You've attended chalk talk each week with football players and coaches. You, along with the rest of the Baylor Nation, rose up during the summer to support Baylor's position of maintaining a strong Big 12 conference.

It is our duty as fans and supporters of our student-athletes and coaches to encourage them in every way possible. You have risen up to support the team throughout the year, including an impressive game day atmosphere last Saturday at Floyd Casey. The greatest way to finish this football season is to be in the stands for the final game against Oklahoma at 7 p.m. tomorrow. But don't just arrive just before the start of the game. Come for March of the Bears at 4:30 p.m. to greet our magnificent team as they arrive at Floyd Casey Stadium. Then stay and take part in the great "game day" culture of support - tailgate with friends, family or one of the thousands of our alumni who will return home.

But our support does not end after tomorrow night's game. Our team will be competing in a bowl game for the first time as a member of the Big 12 Conference. Stay tuned on how to purchase tickets. We, as the Baylor Nation, must rise up, yet again, to support the Bears.

So, support the Lady Bears tonight against Michigan State and join me during these final weeks of the semester. "Finish strong!"