March 5, 2010
Andy Newcomb

From the Dean

Dear Friends,

Like many of you, I’ve spent time these past two weeks watching the world’s best athletes compete in the twenty-first Winter Olympic Games.

This event always seems to make the world feel smaller, and advances in technology only heighten this effect. Now, instead of waiting to catch a glimpse of your favorite speed skater or alpine skier during a 90 second race once every four years, you can follow the action live online, read about them in their hometown newspapers or even follow them on Twitter!

We’ve brought these and other technologies into our classrooms, allowing our students to connect with and learn from experts halfway around the world. Last semester an environmental studies class collaborated with Wildlife Conservation Society officials in Afghanistan to create the country’s endangered species list. The students often attended class at 5 a.m. to Skype with students and faculty in Kabul.

This fall the 44,000 square foot Carole Weinstein International Center will open its doors. Equipped with a Spatial Analysis Laboratory and Global Studio, the center will house the Office of International Education and enhance collaboration with our colleagues at more than 60 partner institutions around the world.

Technology has given us the ability to communicate to you, our alumni, the latest Arts & Sciences news with the click of a button.

Don’t hesitate to reach out and do the same. You’ll find in the upper left hand corner various modes of communication available to you to connect with us here at the School of Arts & Sciences.


Andy Newcomb,
Dean, School of Arts & Sciences
University of Richmond

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