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Fall 2009

Dean's column

As 2009 draws to a close, I hope you will enjoy the stories in this issue of the College of Arts & Sciences' eNewsletter. You will read about an interdisciplinary symposium reflecting on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a faculty research project on the effects of wind storms on trees, the national recognition accorded to our MFA in Creative Writing program, and the great success of a UNCG alumna who has received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. These stories, illustrating the wide range of accomplishments to be found throughout the College, make me very proud of our faculty, students, and alumni and I hope that you share that sense of pride with me.

Despite financial difficulties caused by the current economic situation, I am pleased to report that the College is making good progress on a number of important fronts. Earlier this year, we celebrated the completion of the Students First Campaign in which our alumni and friends contributed over $18 million to support College students, faculty and programs. This amount is 36 percent more than the goal we set at the beginning of the campaign and demonstrates the strong support that you provide for us even in difficult economic times. To all who contributed to the campaign in any way I send my sincere thanks.

College faculty have also been working hard to bring in funds from outside sources to support research and other activities. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, faculty submitted almost 200 proposals requesting more than $44 million in support; during the same period, 78 awards worth more than $6.5 million were received. These numbers represent substantial increases over previous years and build a foundation for even greater success in the future. In August, we welcomed 11 new tenured or tenure-track faculty to the College and we are currently searching for 16 more new faculty to join us in August 2010.

Since the beginning of the year, we have been working on a new College Strategic Plan for 2009-14, following from the university-wide planning undertaken last year. A College Planning Council was formed to coordinate this process and synthesize input from faculty and staff, from the College's elected and appointed leadership, and from the College Advancement Council, whose continued efforts will be critical as we plan our fund-raising priorities in the context of the new Strategic Plan. Early in December, a draft of the plan will be submitted to the provost and posted on the College's web site where you will be able to follow its development and see our progress over the coming months and years.

— Dr. Timothy Johnston
    Dean, College of Arts & Sciences




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