As the spring semester draws to a close we are in the midst of an especially difficult period of budget cuts, freezes and furloughs and face considerable uncertainty in the weeks and months ahead as the General Assembly works toward a budget resolution for the next fiscal year. The College lost substantial resources this year as a result of both permanent and temporary cuts and we anticipate losing additional funds when the new fiscal year starts on July 1. These cuts will have a serious impact on our ability to provide a quality education for our students, to support faculty research and scholarship, and to offer service and outreach to the community.
Despite these challenges, College faculty and students continue to achieve notable successes, as shown by the stories in this issue of our newsletter. You will read about an acclaimed documentary by Brett Ingram of the Department of Broadcasting & Cinema (recently renamed the Department of Media Studies), the Theatre Department's great success in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, our recruitment of a very successful team of science educators led by William Gerace, the Helena Gabriel Houston Distinguished Professor for Science Education, and the relocation of the Psychology Clinic and the AD/HD Specialty Clinic to newly renovated space at 1100 West Market Street.
In the coming year, the College will begin work on a strategic plan that will guide our development over the next five years. We will set priorities and identify initiatives to advance our contributions to teaching, research and creative activity and look for ways in which the energy and expertise of our faculty and students can help the Triad and the state grow and thrive even in these difficult economic times. Our new PhD programs in Medicinal Chemistry and Computational Mathematics started strongly this year and faculty across the College have been successful in securing external grants and fellowships to support their research. Collaborations with UNCG's professional schools, especially in the areas of teacher education, entrepreneurship and nanoscience, are already well advanced and will continue and expand in the coming years.
As we near the end of the Students First Campaign, it is very gratifying to know that UNCG has significantly exceeded the overall $100 million goal, and that the College has achieved 130 percent of the $13.2 million goal we set at the outset of the campaign. Even in these difficult economic times, our friends have been generous in support of the College. If you were able to make a contribution to the campaign, please accept my sincere thanks. If you would like to make a contribution, or if you are able to make an additional gift, I hope you will visit the campaign web site at donate.uncg.edu for information about the ways in which you can contribute to the College of Arts & Sciences at UNCG.
Dr. Timothy Johnston
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences