Dean's Desk (April 2017)

It has been an exciting few weeks in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Last month, we learned that twelve graduates from the Department of Biology and Chemistry, who continued on to medical school, received the good news that they had been "matched" to residencies in their preferred specialties. They join the ranks of dozens of alumni doctors who have gone before them, reinforcing the success of our pre-med program that is built on academic rigor, effective faith integration, and meaningful mentoring relationships.

With that model in mind, CLAS is about to embark in preparing the next generation of alumni who are committed to serving others in government. With significant thanks to the Darling Foundation, we have received $750,000 in start-up funding that will help us launch a Sacramento-based Center for Public Affairs. This Center will feature an undergraduate program with faculty mentors and guided internships, and it will house a new Master of Public Administration program that is scheduled to begin in Fall 2019.

But, CLAS isn't the only one with good news. This month's "Best in CLAS features success stories from English alumna and Yale law student, Annika Mizel '14; adjunct faculty member, Elizabeth Smart; and graduating Journalism senior, Marissa Black '17. Please be sure to read through their stories and email us at to add one of your own. We'd love to hear from you!

Happy Easter,

Jennifer E. Walsh, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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