Dean's Letter

Dean Marvin CurtisWhat began in the heat of the month of August  is coming swiftly to an end in the yet still cool spring month of May in 2014. The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts will graduate 90 students on May 13th, a record number of young art professionals. They will head into a world that is much different than when many of them began their collegiate careers but armed with the tools and skills to master the 21sty century economy that we live in.

We have several students receiving full fellowships for graduate work at prestigious institutions. We have students taking on the work force in positions in their chosen field.  We have students getting in their cars and driving to other parts of the country to test the waters, to see where their talent leads them. We have students for whom, this first degree is a door-opener to an array of possibilities. They will all graduate with a sense of pride, accomplishment, and above all hope -- hope that what they want for themselves and their families is around the corner, waiting for them because they have accomplished this part of the journey.

While there is focus on our students, there is focus on the faculty who have also labored this year and achieved so much. As dean, I am proud of the exhibitions, recitals, manuscripts, articles, new programs, new concentrations, and other accomplishments of our faculty.  As educators they have steered our students while keeping the flame of learning bright. They have not backed down from their commitment to excellence and our students are better for it.

Much of what the Raclin School of the Arts accomplishes falls on the back of a dedicated staff. A huge debt is owed to them. They are sometimes overlooked since they are often in the background, but they are backbone of this organization and without their dedication and support of our faculty and students, much of what happens would not be accomplished.

Although graduation is around the corner and the semester is ended, there is work to do. Aspire magazine is published every August and it is in process. Planning for the next academic year has already begun. Students are being advised and registered and a new crop of freshmen will soon be knocking ion our doors. There will be some time to rest and rejuvenate over the summer but very soon we will be back in our places ready to inspire our students to aspire to do incredible things. As always, thank you for your support and encouragement as we forge ahead.  Put September 26th on your calendar as we officially inaugurate the new Louise E. Addocitt & Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall.  Look for our calendar in August for all the information about another exciting year at the Raclin School of the Arts.

Marvin Curtis
Dean and Professor of Music
Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts