A message from Interim Dean Lea Williams

Welcome to the Summer 2017 College of Liberal Arts newsletter! As you will see in this edition, the end of the 2016-17 academic year was a period of intense activity in the college. Our faculty were busy guiding and mentoring students through the end of their courses and a number of independent projects. Our students were recognized at the Student Scholarship Celebration (organized by the Undergraduate Research Program), presented at the Intercollegiate Student Symposium, and collaborated with professors as part of the Apprentice Grant Program. These opportunities encourage students to cultivate independent research skills that will be invaluable as they continue their educations and eventually begin careers. Congratulations to their faculty mentors and to these student scholars!

May not only brought the end of a busy year, but it also marked the beginning of a substantial period of transition. As described in the “Renovations” article, staff and faculty in the Departments of History and Political Science and Psychology and Education and the School of Justice Studies and Sociology moved out of their long-time home, Ainsworth, into three temporary buildings to allow for the much anticipated renovation of the building to commence. Those of us in Webb have moved into temporary dorm rooms in Hawkins where we get to see for ourselves what the student environment is like. While this has been a period of upheaval and change, it has been handled with grace, in large parts because of the efforts of our CoLA administrative staff, Office Manager Sharon Smith, and Administrative Assistants Isabel Nielsen and Katie Sanders. They served a crucial role in organizing and facilitating these moves—thank you!

The summer ushers in another significant transition for CoLA: a new Dean, Dr. Edward Kohn. He will begin work on July 15, bringing with him fourteen years of experience as a professor and administrator at Bilkent University in Turkey. We are excited to welcome him and look forward to seeing how he will support and develop the excellent work being done in the college. Look for his first message in our next newsletter. Until then, happy summer!

Lea Williams, Interim Dean