COLA Connections Newsletter: October 2014

From the Desk of the Dean

From the Desk of the Dean

As we move into the second month of our new school year, I am reminded of one of the great American singer-songwriters who told us to “throw back September’s time.”* Well, throw it back we did, with a flurry of activities as we welcomed new students, faculty and staff to our college!  This fall our college was pleased to welcome ~150 new students to our many outstanding liberal arts degree programs. 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. 

Speaking of orientation, this month’s newsletter features some interesting reflections about RIT through the eyes of our new faculty and students. We also spotlight the work of Dr. Tina Lent, Professor in our Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture and Program Director for our Museum Studies Program.  Dr. Lent recently traveled to Peru to give a lecture on American identity as reflected in WWI posters.

Additionally, one of the things I love about our college is that we regularly offer diverse, informative, thoughtful, and uplifting events throughout the academic year.  In any given week we host events that can range from creative writing readings to thought-provoking academic talks to lively musical performances.  If you want to take full advantage of all that RIT has to offer, be sure to check the events schedule within the newsletter for a list of upcoming COLA events – or you can bookmark the always-updating COLA website events calendar.  October is a busy month for COLA in terms of events, so you can be sure to find something that piques your interest.

I look forward to hearing many success stories as faculty and students – new and old – briskly engage in their academic work. Here’s to a spirited semester and a fruitful, rewarding school year!

*NOTE: Of course, this is from the under-appreciated “September Song,” which is the first song on President Bill Destler’s 1973 September Sky LP.