You can sense the positive energy of students as they walk around campus finding their classes on the first days of Fall semester 2019!
I have always found the beginning of an academic year to be an exciting and optimistic time. Most students have had a break from classes for some time and are looking forward to starting or resuming their studies and connecting with friends on campus. Faculty members had the opportunity 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 and successful 2018/2019 Academic Year with an array of art exhibitions, musical concerts, and theatrical performances as well as student participation in conferences in several disciplines. And a large number of our students graduated. The 2019/2020 Academic Year will no doubt be equally busy. We have a growing number of students at CSUB in general and an increase in the number of students majoring in programs in the School of Arts & Humanities.
In addition to our excellent range of classes, the School of Arts & Humanities at CSUB offers many opportunities for education, research, and experiences outside the classroom. You can see a range of these in the Events Calendar on the CSUB “Arts & Humanities Alive” blog. The School also has several Art, Music, and Theatre events scheduled for the Fall semester.
I thank our alumni and community partners for their donations to the School of Arts & Humanities through the CSUB Foundation that help support our programs. I especially appreciate the work of our Executive Advisory Council.
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