A Message From the Dean

Dean of CAS, Gregory Budzban

Welcome to the February 2019 issue of This Month in CAS!  Hopefully, the semester has fallen into a nice rhythm by now, and Spring will be right around the corner.

CAS Faculty continue to receive awards for their creative and scholarly contributions. Congratulations to Professor of Cello, Dr. Marta Simidtchieva, who recently released a collection of Bulgarian compositions.  Her new release, Bulgarian Sketches, won a silver medal through the well-known international music competition, Global Music Awards.

You can also read about some projects in the Department Foreign Language and Literature. Professor of French, Dr. Debbie Mann, has initiated a translation project involving the Étienne Cabet Collection. The collection is to be translated from French to English and then digitized for access online as a cooperative venture between the department and Lovejoy Library. In addition, URCA assistant, Robin Cummins has been busy working on correcting one of the oldest known poems in German history, the “Song of Hildebrand.” Cummins has been working on the project since last fall with Dr. Douglas Simms, chair and professor of German.

Another one of our students, senior Jonathan Amwayi, was recently awarded the Richard & Patricia Dremuk International Leadership Scholarship. This scholarship is designed to support those who demonstrate excellence and leadership among SIUE Undergraduate International students. Amwayi was recognized for his involvement and contributions to SIUE’s African Students Association and for his assistance with organizing Africa Night.

Finally, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Arts and Issues series is extremely pleased to welcome actor & activist Mike Farrell to campus to star in Dr. Keeling’s Curve, a one person performance that brings to life the people and ideas behind the science of climate change. Farrell, a long-time social activist, addresses the issue with humor and passion, but also with a clear-eyed look at the dangers. Dr. Keeling’s Curve will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1 in the Dunham Hall Theater.  In addition, this Sunday you can tune into Segue to hear my interview with Mike Farrell as we delve into topics like his path to acting and his political work during the 60’s. The segment will air Sunday at 9 a.m on WSIE 88.7 FM/The Sound and siue.edu/wsie.

Until the next time, here’s This Month in CAS!

Best wishes,


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