We are excited about November! Our calendar is so full of activities that I am tempted to move my bed into my office so I won’t miss a thing. With an upcoming ballet, concerts, art sales, speech night, and the arrival of opera star Denyce Graves, there is something for everyone. I extend a tremendous thank you to our students, faculty, and staff for their hard work preparing for this month of creative excellence.
As I write this, I can’t help but think about the future of our students. They are so talented and dedicated to their craft and we as faculty play a great role in their development—but we must not forget that they came to us somewhat developed already. We are taking them to the next level in their lives and preparing them for the future. Talent is a great thing, but common sense and hard work make the difference. Already this academic year, many have won awards, attended conferences, and performed on stage. Many are now preparing to travel within the country and overseas to competitions where they will come face-to-face with talented students just like themselves. Finally, graduation will be the track for many this spring, giving them a chance to try out their skills in the real world.
These are times of inspiration. I am inspired by our students and those I work with, and I am thankful for the chance to serve as dean of this great school. Our students inspire us with their dedication and hunger to be the best. We aspire to help in that journey so that each of them will reach their fullest potential. Come and join us as we celebrate the arts.