It’s hard to believe that the College of Science and Mathematics at Cal State San Marcos turns seven this year. And, seven is our magic number. Our convocation theme this year, the Magical Mystery Tour, is inspired by Viasat, who believes in the magic that is CSM. This past January, Viasat made a gift of $1.5M as the founding partner of our new software and electrical engineering programs. We can hardly wait to open our new Viasat Engineering Pavilion in 2019!
CSM begins the academic year with 2850 majors and 68 tenure track faculty, including our two new founding faculty in software engineering. Our faculty are passionate, productive, nationally recognized 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. This past spring, CSM had two students honored as outstanding graduates, and three graduates were awarded prestigious and highly competitive NSF and Sloan Graduate Fellowships to pursue post-baccalaureate studies in Biochemistry, Chemistry and Medicine.
The American author, Robert Fanney, once said, “Is there magic in this world? Certainly! But it is not the kind of magic written about in fantasy stories. It is the kind of magic that comes from ideas and the hard work it often takes to make them real. ” In CSM, we make our own magic. Whatever we can dream or dream that we can, we begin it. For, as Goethe said, “Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that, you can make anything happen.”
Things that stir up mystical feelings like curiosity, imagination, amazement, and wonder have an obscure quality that we call “magic”. This quality drives CSM’s commitment to exploration and discovery, and to provide an educational environment where innovation and creative endeavors thrive.
Do you believe in magic? We do. That’s an invitation to roll up and join us for the Magical Mystery Tour.
CSM Is Where Magic Happens.
Katherine Kantardjieff, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Science and Mathematics
Convocation Speech, 2018-19