A Note from the Dean

This fall represents simultaneously a season of remembrance and a season of expectation for the School of Arts. We begin this issue with a testimonial remembering the life and work of one of the great educators in the School of Arts, Dr. Rose Deal. Written by her longtime friend and colleague, Dr. Vincent O’Neill, it offers a personal perspective from someone who knew her well, and I am especially grateful to Vincent for taking the time to share these memories with us. I also wish to use this space to remember the many years of excellent teaching and service by Dr. Deal’s colleagues in Literature and Languages, Dr. Mary Cargill and Dr. Steve Grice, both of whom retired last spring. In May, another beloved faculty member, Dr. Rena Durr, retired from a long career in psychology. All three retirees remain connected to CBU having been granted the distinction of Professor Emeritus/Emerita.

Dr. Deal’s legacy is felt in many ways in the school, and we continue to cultivate academic experiences that complement her vision for student learning at CBU, especially in foreign language instruction and curriculum development in the department of Literature and Languages. This semester we are happy to be joined by two new professors in English. Dr. Jeffrey Gross comes to CBU from the University of Kentucky where he studied American literature, especially in the antebellum period. Dr. Brendan Prawdzik is our new professor of early modern literature. Prawdzik joins the School of Arts after recently receiving his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley and completing a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA.

This semester is also the inaugural term for the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. Led by Dr. Karen Golightly, this program has not only attracted an impressive number of majors but has stimulated the growth of the Creative Writing Club. Our programs are most successful when students are able to transfer what they learn in the classroom to their lives outside. Whether that occurs through an internship or as part of a campus activity, when students are energized by what they learn they will also find a way to make an impact with it.

In Behavioral Sciences, that impact is nurtured by the psychology program’s research curriculum, which will now enjoy the support of our newest psychology professor, Dr. Jeffrey Sable. Sable brings not only a wealth of research experience but a new specialization to the program in cognition and neuroscience.

Not all new hires are new faces. In Education, we have the distinct pleasure of welcoming back to CBU, Daniel Messinger, who is now Administrative Assistant and Licensing Officer for the department. Messinger previously worked for CBU in the Graduate and Professional Studies program. He replaces Kären Brandon who is now pursuing a master’s degree in counseling.

To help us spread the word about our rich activity and events schedule, we have created a Facebook page for the School of Arts. Please like us to stay informed about all Arts programs, and help us stay in touch!

Best wishes to all,
Paul Haught, Dean
School of Arts
E-mail: phaught@cbu.edu