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Dean's update

September 20, 2011

Despite the unusual start to our new academic year due to Irene, the fall semester is well underway and the campus is abuzz with students. Although we have not yet received our official enrollment numbers, it appears that the College has had another year of significant growth in our undergraduate programs with a 10% increase. Allied Health increased 20% followed by Animal Science (14%), Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (13%) and Pathobiology and Veterinary Science (11%). Total enrollment has now increased more than 25% since 2008! This is a remarkable level of growth and speaks volumes about our dedication to students and the attractiveness of our programs to today’s students. Although exciting, this rapid growth is challenging us to provide the instructors, class sections and classroom space to meet the student demand.

Beginning this fall, several new faculty have joined our College family including Yizao Liu, Agricultural and Resource Economics; Sarah Reed, Animal Science; Heather White, Animal Science; Tracy Rittenhouse, Natural Resources and the Environment; Thijs Bosker, Natural Resources and the Environment; Anoushka Concepcion, Cooperative Extension; and Amy and Stacey Mobley, Nutritional Sciences. Please take the time to introduce yourself and welcome them when you have the opportunity.

During my annual retreat with the Executive Council, I shared some of my priorities for this academic year. They include addressing items in our strategic plan that have not yet been addressed, completion of our review of faculty workloads and appointments, finalize our vision for improving communication and coordination of our county-based programs in Cooperative Extension and our Storrs-based programs, and addressing the need for a formal faculty mentoring program in the College. In addition, we must complete our planning the Young Building renovation which will begin next June. As you know, Roger Adams, Associate Dean for Extension, retired June 30th and a search for his replacement is underway. The search committee is beginning to review candidate resumes and will bring forward a list of candidates for interviews soon.

Gregory J. Weidemann

Dean and Director

 

Dean Weidemann
Gregory Weidemann
Dean and Director,
College of Agriculture
and Natural Resources

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