Getting reacquainted with arts and sciences
If you have been away from the Boulder campus for a while, or perhaps nearby but no longer in our classrooms, you may be missing a sense of what’s going on and what is new. The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 900 faculty members. They are some of the university’s greatest teachers. Their research is stunningly creative, and their art is a wonder to view or watch. Our students continue to challenge us and to make us proud of their own accomplishments. How we share our news and diverse stories with you has always been a challenge.
Given the large number of you who are part of this college’s legacy, the production of a mass-produced glossy publication would be a major undertaking, consuming lots of ink and trees just as we are trying to reduce our environmental footprint.
Consequently, we are going to try this venue for keeping you up to date on news of the college. Through this quarterly e-magazine, we are going to try to keep you connected to life in your college. It will keep us in touch with you. And, we hope, vice versa. That is the impetus for this publication.
Each year, our faculty members write more than 1,600 articles and roughly 100 books. They stage exhibitions and performances all over the nation. We’ll use these pages to highlight some of the more important and some of their more interesting contributions. We are now the academic home for 19,000 of the 30,000 students on campus. We will also highlight some of their stories and their own accomplishments as scholars.
You’ll read in this issue that we have a new Visual Arts Complex building under construction to house our Art and Art History faculty, their students, and the CU Art Museum. In future issues we’ll update you on a large biotechnology building now under design as part of the college’s expansion onto the East campus.
Despite our uncertain economic times as a nation, the college’s financial state and our academic health are excellent, due in part to the timely generosity of our many donors. We’ll also use these pages to highlight some of these friends who are helping us to do what state and tuition funds cannot. And, yes, we may also occasionally point out how you may make a difference in a program of interest to you!
I am very proud of the College of Arts and Sciences, and I invite you to browse our magazine. The magazine will offer new feature articles and essays in a new issue each quarter, and it will also be a source of current news in our “Latest News and Books” section. If you find it of interest, I recommend that you add it to your browser’s list of favorites or bookmarks. If you have comments or questions about this publication, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are eager to hear from you, and we hope you enjoy the news from your College of Arts and Sciences.
Todd T. Gleeson