Great Scott! If my calculations are correct, it is now precisely August 25, 2016. The College of Science and Mathematics is celebrating five years. You mean we're in the future? What in the name of Sir Isaac H. Newton happened here?
Well, we have to start thinking fourth dimensionally. If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything. And, looking back to the future, that’s what we’ve done in CSM.
We are bigger. In five years our majors have grown 87% to more than 2200. CSM, with more than 10,600 students enrolled, is now 23% of total campus enrollment.
We are bolder. CSM is recognized in the region as a resource for innovation and workforce development, “leaning in” to develop responsive, high quality programs such as cybersecurity, brewing science, and engineering.
We have brawn. CSM faculty are 140 strong. Our nearly 60 tenure track faculty are true teacher scholars who engage our students in interdisciplinary and collaborative research, innovation, and creative endeavors that support and enrich the intellectual and economic life of our region and the state.
We are brilliant. The foundational knowledge and skills we teach in STEM areas are vital for our students to live responsible, productive, and creative lives, and to solve critical issues in a rapidly changing world. Our STEM degree programs are 2200 alumni strong, and 41% of those alumni graduated in the last five years since we formed CSM!
The future of five years ago has finally arrived. Perhaps it looks different than we thought. This just means than our future wasn’t written yet when we began our travel through time. Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads. Our future is whatever we make it, and we are going to make it a good one.
CSM Is Where Great Futures Begin!
Katherine Kantardjieff, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Science and Mathematics
Convocation Speech, 2016-17