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Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dean of AHSS

 December 2016

mcintoshIt's somewhat atypical to follow a quarter system like we do at the University of Denver. After the intensity of fall finals week before Thanksgiving, the campus is fairly quiet in December as we await the start of winter quarter in January.

Interterm gives the DU community unique opportunities to do intensive work beyond the typical classroom. Some students stay on campus to take concentrated, 3-week courses, taking advantage of unique opportunities afforded by the focused schedule. Other students and faculty use the month to focus on scholarship and creative projects – from data collection and reading for senior theses or publications to focused writing, creative work and travel. Most of us hope to take some time with our family and friends away from campus, travel or devote time to renewal and reflection.

Still, I look forward to January when everyone returns. It will be especially nice because many of the DU students who study abroad in fall quarter will have returned to campus with new cultural and global perspectives to share with the DU community.

As a sneak peak to winter quarter programming, I encourage students, faculty, prospective students and alumni to mark your calendars for our popular monthly faculty lecture series. Every lecture is different from the next. In January, Anne Penner, assistant professor of theatre, will give a lecture about paradoxes in contemporary acting.

Also, students should stay tuned for a call for internship stipend applications in winter quarter. Internships are a critical career entrée for aspiring professionals, and my office helps students find and apply to internships. We offer three $3,000 internship grants to fund students taking for-credit internships during summer session 2016.

It's equally important that alumni help today's students. I hope our alums will contact us if your employer is hiring interns – we love when DU alumni hire DU students as interns.

In the meantime, I wish everyone a December break in your routine – whether that be ramping up adventure and learning, quieting down for reflection and creating or nurturing aspects of yourself on the back burner during the regular quarter.

Campus is beautiful in the winter after a fresh snowfall. I invite prospective students, parents, alumni and friends to visit the impressive nine AHSS buildings on campus, explore AHSS's robust course offerings and meet with our expert faculty and student scholars.

Please keep your comments and follow-up questions coming; don't hesitate to contact me or the members of my office if you have any questions or comments.

Danny McIntosh, Dean