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Fall 2013 - A few words from the dean

The fall semester begins with the sun still high on the horizon, the days still long and seemingly leisurely. The calendar belies the urgencies at hand. We are either exploring entirely new environments, returning to familiar ones or contemplating those on drawing boards now tantalizingly near.

Some 2000 students will be enrolled in the college this fall, attending classes in the Coliseum, Davis College or a virtual classroom. The dizzying changes of the digital environment affect all our disciplines in both of the college’s schools, embracing the spectrum of information and communication. We conduct business and entertainment on our smart phones and tablets and become platform agnostic as we hop from screen to screen over a range of activities.

Though physical boundaries seem to vanish in this digital world, a look around campus shows vigorous physical expansion. The new Moore School is cheek-to-jowl with the Coliseum. In mid-campus, the renovation of Petigru is creating additional classrooms, abutting Davis College. Thick architectural plans for the journalism school’s new home are spread across my office’s conference table.

That long-awaited building project will shortly go out for bids, a contractor should be named before the end of the year and construction will start in January, 2014. In summer of 2015, the j-school is scheduled to move. Freshmen, you will be entering your junior year, once again in a new environment. I think you’ll like it. Check out the plans arrow

Watch our college grow. You can do that online here. Or you can do that in person.

Charles Bierbauer

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