Receiving line


With portraits of past leaders looking on, incoming Chicago President Robert Zimmer greeted University staff members Thursday morning in Hutch Commons. Although at times the line stretched 20 deep, Zimmer spent a minute or two with each person. Shaking the hands of two O-Week staffers, who insisted they wouldn't keep him long, Zimmer asked, "So you feel like it's in good shape? Everything's going OK?" Yes, they assured him. O-Week preparations were going well.

"I've just been talking to people about what they're doing," Zimmer told a Magazine editor who reached the front of the line. An hour-and-a-half into the event, he hadn't grown weary of the handshaking. "How could I be tired? It's only 9:30 in the morning." Staff members, grabbing up the coffee, doughnuts, muffins, and scones after their presidential chats, were equally enthused.


Photo: Zimmer talks with a U of C staff member Thursday morning.

April 3, 2006