Note from the Dean 11/13

Cooper-Wilson Center for the Life Sciences in the fall - courtesy of Leslie Herlihy

Cooper-Wilson Center for the Life Sciences in the fall
courtesy of Leslie Herlihy

“You can be whatever you want to be.”  Have you heard that before?  Have you told others that?  Have you ever “wished upon a star”?  In the city, you can hardly see any stars, so that phrase is somewhat dated, but the sentiment isn’t.  Are you still waiting for someone to give you what you want – like winning the lottery?  The reality is that life is hard a lot of times.  That is what makes the beautiful fall picture above so great – it rises above the hard day to day problems.  College can be very hard, even for the bright students but especially for the under prepared students.  I have had many, many conversations with faculty who are trying to find ways of helping students recognize and face the problems of college in particular and life in general.  While faculty can’t give students an education, they can help them earn that education both in the classroom and lab and outside the formal settings.  I enjoy working with such a faculty!

In this newsletter we feature an alum who talks about his college experiences at CBU, and we have three different articles about faculty working with students.  Our News of the Moment is filled with activities and special student successes.  I hope you enjoy reading about our students.  If you have comments or suggestions, please let me know at jholmes@cbu.edu .