COLA Connections Newsletter: Fall 2015

From the Desk of the Dean

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke, German poet, 1875-1926

During Fall Orientation, we had the opportunity to welcome over 150 new graduate and undergraduate students into the College of Liberal Arts. The exuberance, hopefulness, and excitement they brought to our learning community was contagious (as always), and working with these new students and the returning students who arrived shortly thereafter reminds us of the true purpose of our calling.

Students of the College of Liberal Arts – both past and present – are up to some amazing things!  This issue of our newsletter features two of these students.  First, you will read about Ruth Starr, a fourth year Museum Studies & ASL-English Interpretation double major, who interned at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art over the summer.  While at MOMA, Ruth worked on improving access services for those with disabilities. Second, we caught up with Christine Longo, and Economics alumna, who is currently working in the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC, while simultaneously enrolled at George Washing University Law School.  She explains her work and gives some advice for students seeking a career in the public sector.

The newsletter will also address several of the exciting developments that our College experienced over the summer break. We had the opportunity to host the Field School in Deaf Geographies, an innovative and interdisciplinary opportunity for undergraduate students to learn more about Rochester’s rich Deaf history and culture, as well hone their research skills. We’re excited about this new program and the groundbreaking work that is being done under the leadership of Dr. Mary Beth Kitzel.

Also, I’m happy to announce that the College of Liberal Arts has added a new degree program!  The Digital Humanities & Social Sciences BS will be housed in the Department of English, drawing from the expertise of faculty from across the College and University to provide students with a truly unique education that bridges the gap between cutting-edge technologies and those who use them.  We aim to welcome our first DHSS students in Fall 2016. 

Lastly, I’d like to thank everyone – especially our department staff, our Office of Student Services, our OAs, and our Peer Mentors – for making the entire orientation process so successful.  Thank you! 

Here’s to a fruitful semester and a wonderful school year. I can’t wait to see what happens next.