The leaves are falling faster these days and the weather has begun to turn colder. Daylight saving time has ended, and the Ernestine Raclin School of the Arts is preparing for the final push of the fall semester. The previous two months have brought many accolades for our faculty and students, and we have set the ground for continuous growth.
As the dean, I am most proud.
As we move towards what we all hope will be a mild winter, we are preparing for Mozart's Requiem Mass in D minor as well as a continuation of our Shakespeare season with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Students and faculty are also hard at work on “Celebration of Dance,” Speech Night, the Scholarship Art Sale, and many other events. Our students are learning and growing. Our faculty members are presenting papers and new works.
Construction continues on the Louise E. Addicott and Yatish Joshi Performance Hall. There is still time to purchase a seat support this beautiful project.
I find this time of the year exciting and frustrating. It is exciting for all we are doing and all that we have to look forward to, yet frustrating that time is moving so quickly while we still have so many great things left to accomplish. This month began with several of our students winning first place in their division in the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, a huge accomplishment. This is just the tip of the iceberg as our students continue to compete in competitions, exhibit their works, and find their place in the artistic society.
Our students have chosen to aspire to be what they want to be and I am constantly inspired to do more as a dean to help them in this journey. I am reminded of the lyrics sung by Barbara Streisand from the movie Yentl:
"With all there is, why settle for just a piece of sky?”
Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving.