From the Dean
It’s hard to believe that this is my last e-newsletter. You’ll receive your next correspondence from the School of Arts & Sciences’ incoming dean, Dr. Kathleen Skerrett. who starts July 1st. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Skerrett, I invite you to read a feature story about her that was published online shortly after she was named the school’s next dean. There will be many opportunities over the coming year for alumni to meet the dean and learn more about her aspirations for the school.
For me, it was bittersweet to shake the hands of this year’s liberal arts graduates at Commencement. Over the decade I’ve served as dean, I’ve shaken over 5,000 hands, seeing as many Arts & Sciences graduates go out into the world to make their mark. There is something about looking at all of them as they walk across the stage and knowing, really knowing, that their liberal arts education at Richmond has prepared them for a lifetime of service and accomplishment.
At the end of June, I begin a year’s sabbatical. I’ll spend the year reintroducing myself to some of my favorite texts and becoming acquainted with a great deal of new reading material—research that wasn’t available the last time I was in the classroom. In the field of child psychology, a lot has happened since I last taught. Being dean of the School of Arts & Sciences for so long allowed me to see the bigger picture; now I find myself invigorated and ready to set out on more focused study and the opportunity to promote student learning more directly.
For those of you who would like to remain in touch, I’ll continue to check my Richmond e-mail account while I’m away, and when I return to campus during the 2012-13 academic year, be sure to stop by and say hello in person. I’ll just be in a different building and definitely without the tie.
Dean, School of Arts & Sciences
"When Janey Comes Marching Home," a nonfiction book by Laura Browder, University of Richmond professor of American studies and English, has been nomimated for a Library of Virginia People's Choice Award.
Curtis Carlson, a leader in developing high-definition TV standards, emphasized the importance of innovation and support from friends and family in his speech at the University’s main commencement ceremony.
Brian Henry, professor of English and creative writing at the University of Richmond, has won the Best Translated Book Award for Poetry for his translation of Slovenian Ales Steger's "The Book of Things."
Thomas King came to the University of Richmond to pursue his love of music — without letting it consume his life.
University of Richmond juniors Jordan Cates of roanoke and Sarah Scheurich of Virginia Beah have been awarded Clare Boothe Luce Scholarships.
A class trip to the Dominican Republic helped Kevin Kindler, ’13, discover his passion for global health.
The University of Richmond has named juniors Sarah Rhoads of Bethesda, Md., and Ian Winters of Silver Spring, Md., 2001 Beckman Scholars.
The School of Arts and Sciences recently held its 26th annual Student Symposium April 15, featuring two winning entries in the paper competition among the 328 students who presented.
For aspiring doctor Tom O’Hara, working in the community with recovering drug addicts is about much more than building his resume. He’s making connections between the roots of real patients’ problems and ways to effectively address them.
The School of Arts and Sciences recently hosted its annual honors convocation at the Cannon Memorial Chapel and presented five awards to deserving seniors.
A group of political science seniors recently got to experience the real world implications of their research when they won first place for their House of Delegates map in the 2011 Virginia College and University Redistricting Competition.
Heide Trepanier, an art instructor at the University of Richmond, has received a Pollock-Krasner Grant, which assists working artists with personal or professinal expenses for a year.
Sociology professor Bedelia Richards has been selected to participate in a National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on "Rethinking International Migration."
The National Institutes of Health has awarded Linda Boland, associate professor of biology at University of Richmond, a three-year, $278,682 grant to research lipid modulation of potassium channels -- important to the rhythm of heart muscle and the electrical activity of brain cells.
Fiona Ross, adjunct assistant professor of art, is showing off her work at a gallery in northern Virginia April 14 through June 4.
Kat Blanchard, ’11, has spent her college years delving ever deeper into the impact of poverty on Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens — its children.
About to embark on a year of research on German theater in Berlin, Caroline Weist, ’05, credits her time at the University of Richmond with providing much of the academic foundation she needed for grad school.
When MaryGrace Apostoli, ’11, realized her interests were too broad to fit into a single academic department, she didn’t let it stop her from following her passion for studying health care around the world.
Amy Nicholas, '11, a double major in studio art and classical civilization, completed a project called "The Chaos of Survival," which explores the connections between cancer cells and trees through 3-D photograph collages.
Sam Mitchell, ’11, this year’s recipient of the David C. Evans Outstanding Achievement award in both research and the creative arts, plans to attend Hollins University's MFA program in the fall.
Aaron Daugherty, '09, realized that his education was not going to end when he left UR. But before going to graduate school, Daugherty took advantage of HHMI and Fulbright grants to see the world.
In the next four years or more, 12 seniors who worked in the chemistry labs will receive more than $1.2 million in collective graduate fellowships through stipends and tuition remission.
Philosophy alumna Karen Gover, '97, was named winner of the American Society for Aesthetics' 2011 John Fisher Memorial Prize, awarded bi-annually for an original essay in aesthetics.
Biology and economics major Serena Ding, ’11, has spent her college career studying sponges as a model organism for researching animal evolutionary development.