I have always found the beginning of an academic year to be an exciting and optimistic time. Students have had a break from classes and are looking forward to resuming their studies and connecting with friends on campus. Faculty members were able to engage in research and creative activity as well as reflect on their classes and contemplate changes over the course of the summer. And our Staff had the opportunity to catch up with projects and to reflect on how to proceed with other projects and processes in a slightly less hectic environment.
We had a busy 2017/2018 Academic Year with our transition to the new Humanities Office Building, an array of art exhibitions, musical concerts, and theatrical performances as well as student conferences in several disciplines. Of course, this was a busy year for me as it was my first year as a Dean here at CSUB, and I greatly enjoyed getting to know the faculty and staff and learning of our successes (and the challenges that we still need to overcome). Most importantly, we saw a large number of students graduate from our programs last May.
The 2018/2019 Academic Year will no doubt be equally busy. We have a growing number of students at CSUB and several new faculty members. We will have an array of art, music, and theatre events throughout the course of the year as well as undergraduate research opportunities in all our disciplines.
I continue to be excited to have the opportunity of working with you all. Good luck to everyone this academic year!
Dr. Robert Frakes
Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities