I send warm and enthusiastic greetings with my first message as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. As I near the end of my first month, I’ve had the opportunity to meet people who represent all of the College’s various constituencies. I enjoyed talking with alumni at an event in Indianapolis, and in the coming months, I’ll be connecting with friends of the College around the country. I continue to be impressed with the depth of commitment the College engenders. Certainly that is true among you, as some of our most engaged stakeholders.
As I look forward, I plan to build upon the strong foundation that already exists to enhance the reputation and impact of Purdue Liberal Arts locally and globally. The results of our teaching and research already provide exceptional examples of the ways in which this College creates transformative change in the world.
Sometimes that change comes from a better understanding of cultures of the past. Associate professor of anthropology Michele Buzon is excavating Nubian burial sites dated 1500–1050 BCE in the Nile River Valley to better understand the relationship between the Nubians and Egypt's New Kingdom Empire in a research project funded by the National Science Foundation.
Several CLA Honors students also connected with the past and brought it into the present—digging in to archives to write about Purdue students from the class of 1904, and then working to produce a book of their essays in a publishing bootcamp course.
Alumna Renu Khator is currently helping students launch their futures in her role as chancellor and president of the University of Houston in Texas. Khator was recognized as one of four 2015 Distinguished Women Scholars by the Office of the Provost and the Butler Center for Leadership Excellence.
As we build for the future of CLA, I look forward to April 29 and the next Purdue Day of Giving. I’m told that for the first Purdue Day of Giving, the College of Liberal Arts received exceptional support from its alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. I hope you will join me again by supporting the College and helping us retain our position at the top of the leaderboard. Until then, I thank you for your support and look forward to the opportunity to meet in person.
David A. Reingold
Justin S. Morrill Dean
College of Liberal Arts