Dean's Letter

//Marvin V. Curtis

Marvin CurtisThe leaves are beginning to turn and the brilliant colors of fall are upon us. As the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts approaches the fall season, it is also brilliant with color, sounds, and creativity.

We invite you to come and witness our students and faculty in all of their fall glory. Come and see the theater production of the comedy SMASH based on George Bernard Shaw’s novel An Unsocial Socialist. Attend the Arts Lecture Series sponsored by communication studies and hear National Public Radio contributor Andrew Lam, a Vietnamese-American writer, discuss immigration and cultural identity. Enjoy the musical fabric of the campus by attending our concerts. Visit the East Lounge in Northside Hall through October 7 to view the work of our students who spent the summer studying in Florence, Italy.

This is a special month for us as we celebrate the Bronze Award given to our 2011 edition of Aspire magazine by the international Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. This is the first award ever given to a publication produced by IU South Bend. Aspire represents the best of the School of the Arts’ collaborative process. It is the story of our students who have accomplished so many wonderful things, and our faculty who help to provide opportunities and experiences through their scholarship and teaching.

Enjoy the crispness of the season and enjoy the bounty of our campus. Come and see the brilliance of our students as it mirrors the brilliance of the leaves. We aspire to bring you our best in hopes that we will inspire the creative spirit in you.