Welcome back to the College of Arts and Sciences at Illinois State University! As Dean of the College, I have so enjoyed getting to know ISU alums. Thank you for the loyalty and commitment that you show to ISU. Alumni are the backbone of ISU and the College of Arts and Sciences; you show us how important it is to maintain the quality education for which ISU is known, and you inspire us to be our best every day.
As alumni of the College of Arts and Sciences, you are part of a great tradition of liberal education. You have learned in the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences, and you have acquired a breadth of knowledge and skills that are the hallmark of an arts and sciences education: the ability to analyze and to interpret information, the ability to communicate effectively, the ability to recognize different perspectives, and a desire to learn that will last a lifetime. These skills have served you well as you have established yourselves in a wide range of professions, and it is amazing to witness the many successes that you’ve had.
Many of you return regularly to campus for Homecoming, Founders Day, and Alumni Day. I hope you will continue to come home to ISU and see for yourself the great things we continue to do. If you have not had the opportunity to visit for these or other events, I encourage you to take advantage of activities in the future as your schedules allow. I am always interested in meeting College alumni, and hearing of their memories of their time at ISU. Connections with alumni also benefit our current students, as you have expertise and experience that can guide students as they plan for their lives after graduation.
Don’t hesitate to contact me or anyone in the College Office if we can be of assistance to you. Please also keep us updated on the many achievements you experience in your careers and personal lives – we celebrate each and every one of your accomplishments! And if you do not currently receive our weekly electronic newsletter, CASNews, every Monday morning, please contact Deborah Fox and she will arrange for you to receive it. I look forward to meeting you.