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Letter from the Dean
Happy New Year! What an exciting time to be dean of the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences at Western Connecticut State University.
In 2019, I worked with students, faculty and community partners – including our generous supporters – to create a close-knit college experience that is both meaningful and practical. This past year, we funded numerous creative technology projects that directly benefited students. The Hancock Student Leadership Program—which mentors students to become leaders—launches in updated form this Spring.
We have had lots of fun, too! In July, five Macricostas departments and I moved into the newly renovated Higgins Hall in the center of the Midtown campus. We celebrated all things Macricostas in October with the week-long “Macricostas Experience” series of events—from tie-dying tee shirts and pressing cider on the quad to hands-on experiences with our state-of-the-art television studio, 3-D printers, and tech classrooms. Greek scholar Dr. Jenifer Neils and poet-lawyer Reginald Dwayne Betts shared her discovery on Parthenon carvings and his transformation from teen carjacker to award-winning social advocate.
The Macricostas School has a terrific history of achievement. With thirteen departments, 21 undergraduate majors and eight graduate majors, our dedicated faculty help students succeed not just as scholars but as productive employees and employers in a range of fields, leaders in government and the community, and as engaged citizens with a global worldview.
In the Macricostas School, we embrace mistakes for what they can teach us, excitement spurs growth, and our goal is sharing diverse ideas WCSU students are accomplished, diverse and willing to work hard. I celebrate those qualities and I am honored to work alongside you.
I am also impressed by the Macricostas School faculty. They involve students in their world-class research and innovative courses. I support their passion for student learning and professional growth – from bringing in renowned speakers and leading study abroad trips to providing real-world professional experiences in the field and in the studio.
Since arriving at WCSU from Virginia in 2018, I have enjoyed putting down roots here. I hope that you will drop by my team’s new offices in Higgins Hall Room 109 to say hello. I will also be out-and-about on campus to introduce myself and learn more about all the good things happening at Western Connecticut State University.
See you soon!
Dean of the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences
Higgins Hall, Suite 109￼B