A Message from the Dean

Welcome to the November 2018 issue of This Month in CAS!

Much of the spotlight this month falls on our outstanding students, both current and former.

The College of Arts and Sciences is extremely proud that two of the top Graduate School honors have been awarded to our students. Jacob Miller, a graduate student in microbiology, recently received the University’s 2018 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for his exceptional performance in teaching and instruction. The Outstanding Thesis Award Recipient, Joshua Pritsolas from the Department of Geography talk about his cutting-edge research at the intersection of geography, the physical and social sciences, and geospatial techniques. Read more about them in this month’s issue.

But there’s more! Alumnus Jacob Sebok from the Department of Anthropology devoted much of his time during his senior year creating a digital archive for the endangered languages of Nepal, working with linguistics specialist, Dr. Kristine Hildebrandt of the IRIS Center. This work, once again at the intersection of disciplines, has resulted in an invitation for Jacob and his collaborators to present at a prestigious conference.

The College of Arts and Sciences is also pleased help sponsor a special event with the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability. On Friday, Nov. 9 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. there will be a reception to celebrate the opening of the Buckminster Fuller Dome Gallery located inside the Center.  Making a special event even more special, Bucky’s daughter, Allegra Fuller Snyder, and his granddaughter, Alexandra May, will be in attendance to celebrate the exhibition of Fuller’s art-print portfolio, Inventions: Twelve Around One. The event is free and open to the public.

You can also read about the great work of our faculty. Earlier this semester, through the work of Dr. Bill Retzlaff and his colleagues, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville was named a Living Architecture Regional Center of Excellence (LARCE) by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) and the Green Infrastructure Foundation (GIF). In addition, read how Dr. Brittany Peterson in the Department of Biology is implementing innovative pedagogy in her Microbiology course (Biology 350), building on work developed by colleague Dr. Susanne DiSalvo entitled, “Art on a Plate,” this introduction of “BioArt” in the classroom provides an avenue for student’s creativity to emerge.

Finally, celebrate with the College over Dr. Patricia “Gussie” Klorer’s endowment of $25,000 for the Art Therapy Program in CAS. Dr. Klorer, who recently retired, is the former director and founder of the graduate Art Therapy Counseling program.  The College is immensely grateful for Gussie’s generosity creating a legacy in support of the program and its students.

Here is November’s This Month in CAS!

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