Change is Good!
If there were a keyword to be associated with the past school year, it would have to be “change.”
In the past twelve months, we’ve welcomed our new President, Mike Mahon, as well as the appointment of two new Deans, Rob Wood, our new Dean of Graduate Studies, and the new Dean of Management, Robert Ellis.
Mike’s commitment to student community engagement rings true in the Faculty of Arts & Science. This initiative is fully supported by programs such as our Co-operative Education & Internships, as well as the opportunities afforded by Applied or Independent Studies.
While undergraduate enrollment is at an all-time high for us, graduate education is a growing area in the Faculty. Rob Wood’s appointment is a valuable development for faculty and students alike, and it will further confirm our place as a comprehensive university.
We also look forward to the continuation of our longstanding partnership with the Faculty of Management and are excited to see what new directions this relationship will take under the leadership of Robert Ellis. Already, efforts are underway to allow for first-year admission to the Faculty of Management.
Refreshing, Renewing, and Refining
With all these changes, the University community is constantly being exposed to fresh new ideas.
In many cases, this has also led to renewed commitment from our dedicated faculty and staff, as they continue to refine and reconfigure our curriculum and Student Services. Our goal is continually to improve upon the educational opportunities available to all our students.
In order for us keep abreast of scientific innovations in research and education, we will, over time, be investing in a new Science Building on campus.
This expansion is key for us, as it will make available new, state-of-the-art spaces for all areas of our operations, as vacated spaces in University Hall are re-tasked to different purposes.
The opportunities surrounding what we anticipate will be a world-class facility are virtually limitless and will undoubtedly have a positive impact on all of Southern Alberta.
All the best,
Dr Christopher Nicol
Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science
University of Lethbridge