Dear Future Maymester China Study Abroad Program Participant,

Thank you for your interest in our program. Since 2005, the China program has introduced students to this extraordinary, constantly changing, and vitally important country. I am gratified that the program has provided so many students with the opportunity to have this experience.

During the 2016-2017 academic year I am serving as the Interim Dean for the School of Public and International Affairs. I am honored by the trust that has been placed in me. With this trust, however, come substantial responsibilities. After long and careful consideration, I have concluded that I cannot fulfill these responsibilities and engage in the planning and preparation needed to maintain the China program’s high quality, let alone devote three very busy and full weeks to the trip itself.

Therefore, with considerable reluctance I am suspending the Maymester China Program for the 2016-2017 academic year. I wish you an outstanding year both here and abroad.

Best wishes,

Bob Grafstein sig

Robert Grafstein