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Dean Don Young portrait. [View Image]
It’s an exciting time at VCU’s College for Humanities and Sciences. Fascinating research, innovative teaching methods and experiential learning opportunities abound. Our faculty, staff, students and alumni consistently amaze me. (You’ll read about some of these incredible people in the links below.) And it would not be an understatement to say that we have much to celebrate. Please scroll down to read about some of the many accomplishments from the 2018-19 school year.
I also want to thank you for your support of the College. Whether you contribute to our vibrant community by offering your time, talent, financial generosity or all three, we are grateful for your commitment to VCU and the liberal arts and sciences. Thank you.
Don Young, Ph.D.
Interim Dean 2019-20
VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
Just one year ago, the College of Humanities and Sciences launched our new strategic plan, “Excellence Beyond Boundaries.” The plan rests on four pillars: enhancing student success, building and supporting a world-class faculty, conducting nationally recognized research and scholarship, and creating collaborative community engagement. We are pleased to present our top five accomplishments of the year.
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The College of Humanities and Sciences received good cause to celebrate this May. Gov. Ralph Northam signed the state budget, which included funding for a new $121 million, 169,000 square-foot, six-floor building dedicated to science, technology, engineering and math education at the College.
Students standing in a group at the Civil Rights Trail course [View Image]
The Edmund Pettus Bridge was one of 19 sites in Alabama and Georgia connected to civil rights history that 13 VCU students from two new innovative political science classes — one focused on the civil rights movement and the other on U.S. voting rights — visited this summer.
Madihah Alam [View Image]
When do you know what you are meant to do with your life? For Madihah Alam that answer came in high school when her grandfather was diagnosed with colon cancer. “I was always fascinated with the healing of others, but when my grandfather was sick, I could really see the impact that his physician had on him, how he relieved his pain and increased his life span,” she said. “That led me to volunteer at a local hospital. I saw how passionate the physicians were and I knew I could do that for the rest of my life.”
Donor Fred Wayne. [View Image]
Every Tuesday morning, you’ll find Fred Wayne (BA History ’70/H&S and MS Rehab Counseling ‘86/AH) in the dean’s office making thank you calls to donors. Oftentimes, his calls go beyond a simple thank you, resulting in the exchange of a story about a beloved faculty member, a reconnection with a former colleague or talk of shared love for all things VCU. “I volunteer my time because I simply love VCU. I’ve been a student, an employee and a volunteer, and it’s hard to dismiss those links. It just feels like home,” said Fred. “My VCU years opened up opportunities that gave me a life that was rewarding. It enabled me to become a more fully actualized person.”
David Baldacci speaks with VCU students [View Image]
We are incredibly grateful to all our donors for their support of the College of Humanities and Sciences. In 2018-19, we raised a total of $4,217,453 from 1,278 donors! These gifts will fund a variety of programs and scholarships for students, faculty and staff. Here are just a few highlights from the year.