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Liberal arts education is at the heart of the University of Denver. Our faculty, staff and students come together in a shared quest for knowledge of the human condition.

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dean of AHSS

 WINTER 2017

mcintoshHappy New Year!

After December's interterm, it's wonderful to welcome students back to campus for winter quarter. If you've ever bumped into me on the day after a snowfall, you'll know that I think few things are as delightful as seeing the bright Colorado sunshine on fresh snow covering our beautiful campus.

In addition to finalizing course syllabi for the new quarter, many faculty used December's winter break to focus on their research and creative endeavors. Our faculty impress me with their innovative scholarship. For example, Alejandro Cerón Valdes, assistant professor in anthropology, is working on publishing his dissertation in Guatemala to support the advancement of the Children Kidney Project in Guatemala; and Kateri McRae, associate professor of psychology, was awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for her research on the effects of process facilitation on emotion regulation.

Now that most people are back on campus, including our many students returning from a term abroad, our buildings are humming with faculty and students sharing experiences and discussing ideas and hypotheses in classrooms, labs and studios. Many students are taking advantage of out-of-class opportunities, such as internships. Thanks to the support of an anonymous donor, we've created the Liberal Arts Endowed Internship Fund that provides stipends to students taking for-credit internships under the supervision of a professor. Students should stay tuned this winter for a call for applications.

Students tell me that they enjoy meeting one-on-one with alumni from the post-DU world, too, and we think you would enjoy coming back to campus to continue your connection with our academic community. Our fascinating faculty lectures are free, and they are preceded by a simple reception at which students and alumni can casually chat.

If you can't make it to campus in person, you can watch the lectures online. Or consider joining the digital Alumni Fire to connect with alums and students.

Thank you for caring about our academic community. One of the pleasures of being dean is using your enriched perspectives about DU to improve what we do. I will continue to be working on a divisional strategic plan in the coming months to supplement the University's Impact 2025 plan, so please keep your comments and questions coming.

Best wishes for a successful and happy winter.
Take care,

Danny McIntosh, Dean