With fall break behind us and Thanksgiving just a few short weeks away, the fall semester seems to be rushing by. If you haven’t checked out the CAAH events calendar lately, I encourage you to do so. The next few weeks offer a plethora of lectures, performances, exhibitions and more. Immerse yourself in the intellectual curiosity and creativity of our students and faculty — you won’t be disappointed!
Earlier this month, I participated in the International Council of Fine Arts Deans’ annual conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was a privilege to lead a roundtable discussion about Clemson’s undergraduate degree program in performing arts. Our unique focus on interdisciplinarity and the broad aspects of the new arts economy has proven to be professionally advantageous to our students in theatre, music and audio technology. I was proud to share Clemson’s success story with a group of academic leaders from around the world.
Warmest congratulations to Professor Vernon Burton and Professor Emerita Dixie Goswami, who were honored in October with the South Carolina Governor’s Award in the Humanities, recognizing their lifetimes of achievement. The award is bestowed by South Carolina Humanities and is richly deserved on both counts. Congratulations to my two esteemed colleagues! This is another testament to the excellence of our humanities programs as we have more Governor’s Awards in the Humanities than any other college or university in South Carolina.
With a very sad heart, I share the news that Professor Emeritus Bill Koon passed away Oct. 3. Bill taught English at Clemson for 35 years and served for a time as head of the department. He will be deeply missed. Sincere sympathy from all of us in the college to Bill’s family and many friends. (Link)
As many of you know, the CAAH Dean’s Office in 108 Strode Tower is a proud venue of art exhibitions curated and installed by Clemson art students. Our newest show, “Next Up 2017 Invitational Exhibit,” was selected by the Clemson Curates Creative Inquiry team, inviting 17 undergraduate art students to showcase their work. Please make it a point to stop by and see for yourself the amazing talent of our BFA students!
In closing, please remember the importance of annual giving to all of us in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. As the backbone of private support for Clemson University, annual gifts to the college provide student scholarships, support teaching, research and engaged learning, and attract some of the nation’s top scholars and faculty. No matter the size, every gift supports the needs of our students and faculty. Please make your annual gift today by completing this form or contacting Donna Dant, senior director of development for the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. Thank you!
Happy Autumn and Go Tigers!
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