Your support bears fruit
Some very positive things are happening in the College of Arts & Sciences right now, and I'd like to share two of them.
First is the direct mail fund raising campaign we launched last summer with the help of the Office of Development. As of the middle of November, more than 250 generous alums and friends of the College have responded with donations totaling nearly $18,000! And the contributions are still coming in! What a tremendous benefit this money will be to the students who depend on the CAS scholarship program to help them through school.
But this money will also help the College support other kinds of activities that develop essential traits of leadership and character that can make a crucial difference as students prepare for careers. For example, each year the Dean convenes a Student Advisory Council, a group of student representing Arts & Sciences academic departments. This group meets monthly to keep the Dean in touch with student issues and concerns. Expenses for the Council are paid for from the CAS Foundation Fund.
Also, last year the Dean's Office helped fund the travel expenses of twenty members of the Black Students Association to attend a national conference in Texas. This year we helped the Army ROTC Ranger Challenge Team charter a bus to the Regional Ranger Challenge Competition so that they could all ride together in a vehicle with the PSU logo on the side. As you might imagine, this gave team morale a tremendous boost, and they responded by placing second in the region, the only Division II school among Division I opponents like Iowa State, KU, K-State, and others.
The second exciting thing that's happening in the College is rapid progress toward making a new Fine & Performing Arts Center a reality. This fall, various groups have been meeting with a team of architects to develop a plan for a facility that will not only enhance the academic programs for Art, Music, and Theatre and function as a cultural center for the entire region, but will also be the architectural gem of the campus. The official fund raising campaign is expected to begin in the spring, and we hope the facility can be completed within the next three years.
In closing, let me thank all those who have responded generously to the direct mail campaign. We would not be able to do what we do without your steadfast support!
--Stephen Meats, Interim Dean
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