The end of Spring semester is always an exciting (though often stressful) time. Students are taking finals and finishing papers. Faculty are giving finals and grading. Staff are busy trying to tie everything together so the semester (and academic year) can end smoothly.
We can look back on a successful year in the School of Arts & Humanities. We had great art exhibitions, music and theatre performances, and undergraduate research conferences. We also had intriguing guest artists, musicians, and speakers. We saw many students inducted into honor societies in their disciplines. We also had students inducted into Alpha Chi (the national honorary society for all majors) and, of course, an impressive group of seniors won awards at our Honors Convocation.
And, of course, Commencement is always a great event, and brings a sense of accomplishment (and perhaps uncertainty) to the graduating seniors. I can remember well-meaning people asking me what I was going to do as I was heading toward commencement (back in 1984). Of course, I didn’t know what I was going to do (and felt a fair amount of concern about that!). Now, looking back, I wish I had welcomed and enjoyed the journey more.
I would like to thank the faculty, students, and staff for a great first year as Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities and I look forward to next year!
Dr. Robert Frakes
Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities