November 30, 2010
Andy Newcomb

From the Dean


Thanksgiving snuck up on all of us in the School of Arts & Sciences and you’re receiving your November e-newsletter on the last day of November. I hope the holiday found you surrounded by family or friends.

Somehow another semester has nearly come and gone. If you were on campus, you’d be able to tell students are heading into exams, even without looking at a calendar. The café is brewing more coffee than usual, students’ wardrobe choices have slid toward the pajamas and comfort clothing end of the spectrum, and the library is packed. There’s tension in the air and, as alumni, it’s the one time of the year when you don’t wish you were back in college!

Our Speech Center, and particularly its director of 15 years Linda Hobgood, did a lovely job hosting the university’s third Orator in Residence program two Fridays ago. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia visited campus for the day and gave a talk over lunch entitled “Do Words Matter?” to a packed house at the Jepson Alumni Center. Those of you who attended UR in the last decade may remember the 2001 or 2004 Orators in Residence—Reid Buckley and Dana Gioia, respectively. I thought both those programs would be hard to match but I find that the Speech Center has raised the bar once more.

More good news when it comes to honored guests—the Department of English will soon announce its Distinguished Writer in Residence for the fall 2011 semester. Since we’re among friends, I’ll let you in on the secret… it’s Honor Moore. So add a copy of The Bishop’s Daughter to your holiday shopping list and you’ll not only be well-read, you’ll be well-prepared for Moore’s public lecture on campus next fall.

As you head into what’s always the busiest time of the year, I hope you’re able to save a few minutes each day to enjoy the season. Stay in touch.





Andrew Newcomb
Dean, School of Arts & Sciences

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