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Dyson Year in Review 2011-2012

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences - Year in Review 2011-2012

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Letter from the Dean Within the pages of this year's annual review, Dyson College's continued success in providing a strong liberal arts education comes alive across all our disciplines and programs. It has been an exciting year of growth in the breadth of Dyson's program offerings, important research and meaningful civic engagement activities, as well as the number of enrolled students. Our faculty and students are engaged in collaborative undergraduate research, scholarly activity, and work in the community that helps to prepare them for success in the real world. From the study of what causes cancer cells to live or die, raising awareness of sexual assault, a documentary that focuses on sustainable cork farming, to on-campus forums and conferences that address important global issues, our students' horizons are broadened by these enriching educational experiences that integrate theory with practice. What's more, Dyson's undergraduate enrollment has enjoyed strong ongoing growth, and we have acquired additional facilities for the rapidly growing Performing Arts Department in downtown Manhattan. As we look back at the many achievements showcased in this review, it is evident that these accomplishments are grounded in the tradition of a strong liberal arts education—one that well prepares graduates to become professionals with strong thinking, analytic, and communication skills who possess a global perspective with deep knowledge about the world. In other words, they are poised for success as leaders, citizens, and professionals in their chosen careers. I am delighted to share with you—our appreciated friends and members of the extended Dyson community—how Dyson's successes reflect the value of a liberal arts education in today's world. As we build upon our many accomplishments across our campuses and communities, I thank you for your continued support of Dyson College, our faculty, staff, and our students. With your support, Dyson will go on to even greater success. With best wishes, Nira Herrmann, PhD Dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences Year in Review 2011-2012 | 1

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