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A Note From the Dean

Since joining UB’s College of Arts and Sciences in July 2016, one of my priorities has been to share the incredible achievements of our faculty, students and alumni. This issue of College Matters constitutes only a small slice of the amazing work that goes on every day in the College. These stories remind me what an honor it is to help lead this diverse and talented community.

Within these pages, you’ll read about the incredible research and outreach that our faculty are pursuing, such as the work Biological Sciences professors James O. Berry and Mary Bisson are doing with Buffalo Public School students to grow potatoes in space. You’ll discover numerous faculty engaged in nationwide conversations on subjects ranging from the “collective effervescence” phenomenon to the correlation between economic stability and chronic pain. You’ll meet two exceptional students who’ve channeled Experiential Learning into life changing opportunities: Jacob Schupbach, who landed an internship with entertainment giant Hulu, and Makenzie DePetrillo, who found her passion for non-violent conflict management in the historic city of Selma, Alabama.

I’ve come to UB at a critical time for liberal arts education in America. What these stories emphasize is the need for active support. I see it as both my challenge and privilege to seek this support, and show our generous donors exactly what they champion when they give of their money, resources and time.

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since I became an official UB Bull. I’m thankful for the warm welcome I’ve received from alumni and friends, and I look forward to meeting more of you and learning your unique stories. I invite all who can to attend UB’s Homecoming, October 5-7, 2017, for another opportunity to reminisce, reconnect and refocus on the exciting future of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Robin G. Schulze
Dean, UB College of Art and Sciences

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