Update from Dean Nolan!

Wow it’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost upon us!  As you can tell this has been a busy semester for one and all.  In addition to teaching their classes faculty members in all departments have been mentoring students conducting research projects and outreach activities.  A number of students have presented their research at regional meetings and many have submitted abstracts for the “Research Day at the Capitol” in January 2012.  In fact we have more students submitting abstracts this year than ever before!    We received some wonderful news today that Drs. Carol Plautz (Biology) and Dan DiLella (Chemistry) were awarded funding to purchase some new laboratory equipment.  This equipment will give students in different biology and chemistry courses the opportunity to gain valuable experience with commonly used research equipment and support both student and faculty research.
We’ve hosted a number of prospective students at different open house events and watched as members of Beta Beta Beta and Sigma Pi Epsilon competed in the Quiz Bowl during homecoming.  Both of these professional honor societies have welcomed new members and continue to be active on campus.  We’ll see a number of students graduate in December and move on to the next stage of their careers.  The Biology, Chemistry and Computer Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering Departments are all beginning the process to select candidates to interview for new faculty positions for 2012 – 2013.  No wonder we all need some time to enjoy family and friends!

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