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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

From the Dean's Desk

Statement of Solidarity

Posted on: March 19, 2021

I can only start this message by saying that my heart goes out to the Asian and Asian American members of our community. As a dean and as a person, I stand with you.

Two hawks, one in flight as it leaves the nest.

Courage to Fly

Posted on: March 17, 2021

Something I look forward to every spring is the return of the red-tailed hawks to campus. I’m happy to report that SU-Sue and Otto have recently been spotted in their aerie atop Lyman Hall, and that the College is again offering its live feed of the popular pair’s nest. You can check in on them 24/7 at

Time to Spring Into Action

Posted on: Feb. 8, 2021

What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, the World Health Organization had just announced the emergence of the novel coronavirus, and the U.S. presidential election seemed a far way off.

The Words of 2020

Posted on: Dec. 16, 2020

When I sat down to write this holiday message, I struggled at first. How could I convey hope and gratitude against the backdrop of this year’s unthinkable challenges? How would I find the right words, when so much had been “wrong?” 

Unmasking an Opportunity

Posted on: Aug. 26, 2020

From the swell of the pandemic to the roar of the Black Lives Matter movement, these past six months away from campus have afforded us a precious and historic opportunity to examine our individual vulnerabilities and responsibilities.

A Message to the A&S Community

Posted on: June 4, 2020

In his 1972 book No Name in the Street, the late author and activist James Baldwin wrote: “Well, if one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected – those, precisely, who need the law’s protection most! – and listens to their testimony.”

Illustration of a brain with monochrome left side surrounded by science icons , the right side in rainbow surrounded by arts icons.

Strong Signals

Posted on: April 30, 2020

As we wind down this unusual semester, I am heartened by the incredible work in A&S that continues in all our departments.

In this together

Posted on: March 26, 2020

The liberal arts give us timeless resources for coping in the forms of philosophy, literature, science, art, music, religion, and so much more.

Spring Break and Remote Instruction

Posted on: March 13, 2020

As we head into spring break and a period of remote instruction, I want to acknowledge the uncertainty that we collectively face —and offer you some reassurance.

Reconsidering "Undecided"

Posted on: Oct. 8, 2019

You’ve probably heard the expression “context is key.” One of my favorite examples concerns the word undecided.