Every fall, the excitement is palpable as the influx of freshman and transfer students, return of continuing students and arrival of new colleagues signal the beginning of the academic year. Our intellectual community reconstitutes itself each fall when we dedicate ourselves anew to creating knowledge alongside the students we teach.
With the support of a core of founding donors, we are beginning Harpur Edge, a program to help our students take charge of their education in the liberal arts and sciences. Harpur Edge will connect students with each other; resources available for their development, including signature programs that include Harpur Fellows, LACE (Liberal Arts to Careers Externship), pre-law internships and our physician mentor program; and alumni eager to help them transition to early careers, graduate programs and professional schools.
Fall also marks the moment when we roll out new and enhanced programs. Last year, Harpur College consolidated existing faculty development programs and began new ones under the umbrella of the Culture of Accomplishment. This year, we are sponsoring more grant-writing circles, organizing a research charrette, and running work- shops for pre-tenure and tenured faculty alike.
Our colleagues and students are changing the landscape of knowledge through their discoveries and accomplishments. Harpur College is also literally on the move. The week before classes started, the Department of Mathematical Sciences moved into renovated space in Old Whitney Hall, while other colleagues began packing boxes to accommodate other needed renovations that will occur throughout the year.
Our intellectual community achieves so much thanks in great part to the generosity of alumni and friends who contribute financial support for a wide range of initiatives: student scholarships and experiential opportunities under Harpur Edge, the Mileur Faculty Development Fund, our 26 departments and 14 independent programs, and state-of-the-art equipment that state funds and tuition do not cover. Please consider making a donation to Harpur College this fall. Your gift will mean the world to our motivated, talented students and the accomplished faculty who teach them.
Anne E. McCall
Dean, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences