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Dean's Welcome


As Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics
In the county of the land of Oz
I welcome you most regally
And inform you most collegially
Positively, absolutely
Undeniably and reliably
That we are not merely eight years old
We are really most sincerely eight years old.

Our convocation theme this year is “follow the yellow brick road” to where the dreams that we dare to dream really do come true. In CSM, our mission reflects the traits of L. Frank Baum’s characters: courage, a brain, and a heart.

With courage, our passionate and talented faculty provide a supportive and inspiring educational environment where excellent instruction, interdisciplinary and collaborative research, innovation, and creative endeavors thrive.

“Anyone can have a brain, said the Wzard. “But! They have one thing you haven't got! A diploma!” The Wizard points out that we are learning something every day, and that experience is that which brings knowledge. In CSM, we empower our students with foundational knowledge and practical skills in to meet complex challenges in a rapidly evolving world.

"You people with hearts," the Tin Woodman said, "have something to guide you.” In CSM, we actively work to instill creativity, curiosity, critical thinking, and innovation in our students. We provide an academic experience that helps students discover where their interests intersect with the cutting edge in their field. When our students graduate, they realize, as Glinda the Good Witch points out to Dorothy Gale, that they always had the power; they just had to learn it for themselves.

CSM begins the academic year with nearly 2600 majors, including 109 in engineering; 67 tenure track faculty, including three founding faculty in engineering. The newly renovated engineering pavilion has opened. A feasibility study for the next academic building, Integrated Science and Engineering, is complete. The dreams that we dared to dream eight years ago are coming true. CSM is going to keep on walking, keep on moving, keep on following that yellow brick road. We’re going to find our place over the rainbow, doing what makes us happy and forging our own path. And, we won’t let anything stand in our way.

CSM is where dreams really do come true.

Katherine Kantardjieff, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Science and Mathematics

Convocation Speech, 2019-20

Dr. Katherine Kantardjieff