A Message from the Dean

As we mark the end of the Fall 2017 semester, this edition of This Month in CAS (TMIC) provides some great information concerning our faculty and students

Our students are at the forefront of TMIC for December. SIUE Political Science student Westenior Valmera embodies the spirit of transformative community engagement through her founding of HAITI-ED, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the children of Haiti by providing school supplies to those in need.  In addition, Keelah Washington, a senior English major with a concentration in secondary English language arts, has been honored by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois for her leadership, service and overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.  Congratulations to both Westenior and Keelah.

 One of our new CAS programs, International Studies, launched in Fall 2016 will have its first senior graduate on December 16th.  On December 4th, Rachel Thurston, presented her INTS 499 International Studies Senior Assignment project. Rachel has put together a resource book for St. Louis region’s new immigrants, since, as Rachel says, “There was not a clear, concise guidebook that was a printable hand out for immigrants entering the St. Louis area.”  Once again, CAS students are engaged in the community and addressing important issues!

 Our faculty continue to receive accolades as well. The SIUE Alumni Association has selected Jack Glassman, PhD, Chair of the Department of Physics, as its 2017 Great Teacher Award recipient. Glassman is the 47th SIUE faculty member to receive the honor since its inception in 1970. Congratulation to Jack on this well-deserved honor! The Department of Biological Sciences’ newest addition is Susanne DiSalvo, Ph.D., whose work in microbiology is looking into intimate interactions between amoeba hosts and their bacterial symbionts.  Read more about her in our faculty spotlight.

 Finally, we are pleased to announce that former SIUE Artist-In-Residence and World Renown Pianist, Ruth Slenczynska, 92, is returning in January for a 2-day event in on campus. As one of the great pianists of our time, it is a privilege to have Ruth back on campus interacting with our students and faculty.  Read more about her visit in this month’s edition of TMIC

 As we close out the semester, Happy Holidays to all, and a Happy and Joyful New Year as well!

 Best wishes,

 Greg Budzban


Dean of CAS College of Arts and Sciences Gregory Budzban

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