The fall semester is now in full swing, and I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new faculty, staff, students and their families. I had the pleasure of meeting many of you across the orientation and matriculation programs. It is clear that your energy, talent, intellect, passion, and diversity of perspectives and experiences are already enriching our vibrant community.
Among the entering students we welcome this fall are graduate students in several new degree programs, in fields including computer engineering, global business administration, health informatics and analytics, human robot interaction, and sustainability. Some of our new undergraduates have begun their Tufts experiences off campus thanks to the launch of Tufts Civic Semester by the School of Arts and Sciences and Tisch College: participants are engaged in a semester of service before beginning their studies at Tufts.
We have also welcomed a number of outstanding new academic leaders. Provost and Senior Vice President Nadine Aubry arrived in July, and Alastair Cribb and Nadeem Karimbux began their service as deans at Cummings School and the Dental School, respectively; Dean Rachel Kyte arrives at the Fletcher School this month. Implementation of the Research and Scholarship Strategic Plan released last fall is off to a strong start; as Vice Provost for Research, Caroline Genco will further the distinguished tradition of research leadership at Tufts. The appointments of Mike Howard as Executive Vice President and Chris Sedore as Chief Information Officer advance our commitment to excellence in administration.
This summer was an especially busy time for capital projects and renovations to support our academic mission. On the Medford/Somerville campus, renovations to Barnum-Dana are complete, and construction of the Joyce Cummings Center is now underway. New solar installations were completed this summer on the roofs of Lewis Hall and the Science and Engineering Complex, expanding our renewable energy portfolio. We have enhanced undergraduate residential life through the completion of CoHo Medford and renovations to Miller and Houston Halls, and construction is now underway on our new eight-court facility for squash. The new café at the SMFA will strengthen community on the Fenway campus. At the Dental School, the new lobby opened in June and work continued on the installation of an additional elevator to enhance access for clients and the School community.
We are committed to supporting student health, wellness and personal growth. On the Boston health sciences campus, a new counseling resource has been launched providing students with confidential access to counselors both in-person and by telephone. This fall, we are excited to become the first university in New England to provide access to The Haven at College, providing treatment and support to students in recovery from substance abuse. And the Medford/Somerville campus and Fenway campuses are beginning a four-year partnership as a JED Campus, allowing for deeper community engagement to implement strategic changes and promote student mental health and well-being.
We are tremendously grateful to the many alumni, parents, and friends whose generous contributions play a critical role in allowing us to better support our students and faculty. Brighter World: The Campaign for Tufts, continues to gain momentum: we have now reached more than $870 million in gifts and pledges toward our overall campaign goal of $1.5 billion. Notable accomplishments to date include commitments for a total of 44 professorships and more than $200 million in scholarship funds across the university. These contributions to Tufts demonstrate deep support for our potential to shape a better future.
I hope you will take advantage of the range of activities across the university this fall. We have already been honored to host the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, while the Cummings School open house and Community Day brought thousands of visitors to our Grafton and Medford/Somerville campuses. This month, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Africana Center, and the Friedman School will host its first annual Food Innovation Summit.
I am truly energized by the promise of this academic year, and I hope that the semester is off to a good start for all of you.