May 22, 2013
Dear CHABSS Community,
On Saturday, I had the privilege of shaking nearly 1,000 students’ hands at our College Commencement and introducing our two outstanding student award winners. This is arguably my favorite day each year as Dean as I am able to witness the sheer joy of these graduates, 41% of whom were the first in their family to earn a university degree. I love the reactions of students when they step on the stage; some cry, some hug or high-five me, and some have clearly been celebrating too excessively. That day could not have been possible without the collective efforts of our entire College. Thank you for everything you do on behalf of our students.
As the academic year comes to a close, I am reminded of the many accomplishments of this year. Let me highlight just a few of our many accomplishments: Our faculty won the Brakebill Award and several President's Awards; the significant effort and accomplishments of our College governance committees; the work of our Staff Development and Lecturer Advisory committees to enhance our inclusive climate; the successful launch of our Career Readiness Initiative; the awarding of four Hein Family Fellowships, the first ever graduate scholarship in our College; and the significant participation and leadership by CHABSS lecturer and tenure-line faculty in the Faculty Center.
I am also proud that our Strategic Planning Team has completed the CHABSS Strategic Plan, which is now finalized. You can access it on our website at Strategic Plan, and I encourage you to read it. I wish to thank the members of the College Strategic Planning Team for their hard work in putting together our Strategic Plan, and I also wish to thank those of you who provided your input on the plan at one of our many forums, to one of our team members, or online as this input was very important to our revision. Dawn Formo will be leading an implementation team this summer so that we can begin implementation in August. I look forward to sharing these recommendations with you at Convocation.
Most impressive of all is that despite continued budget pressure, the departure of our Provost, a new Chancellor, and new system-level initiatives and processes, we continue to prioritize students across our College. Each of the 1,000+ students, and the thousands more who supported those students at our Commencement, have been positively and profoundly impacted by your hard work and generosity.
I hope that you will take some time this summer to enjoy family and friends or whatever rejuvenates you. I look forward to some reflection, planning for next year, long overdue practice of piano, a trip to Miami to see family and a trip later this summer up the coast of California for the first time with Jami and my children.
My best to you for the summer!
Dean, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences