A message from the Dean

 Humanities Dean Annalee Lepp

As the fall 2022 term comes to a close and we look forward to a much-deserved winter break, I am grateful that this was the first term in over two years during which students were fully on campus and did not experience a serious disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though challenges remain for all of us, it has been incredibly rejuvenating to see our halls and classrooms filled with vibrant faces and excited voices once again.

I also remain deeply grateful to all Humanities faculty members, sessional lecturers, and staff for their tireless work and ongoing support of our undergraduate and graduate students throughout this time.

In the pages of our winter newsletter, we are pleased to feature some of the extraordinary students, staff and faculty from our community and share some their remarkable accomplishments with you. This includes announcements of national and international recognitions for our scholars, and of Faculty-based awards for our own staff and faculty. It includes stories about a much-appreciated custodial staff member who retired in the summer and a graduating Linguistics MA student who kept students connected during the pandemic. And it includes a student’s perspective on their experience on a field school in Eleon, Greece, which was partially funded by the Humanities Travel and Learning Scholarship – itself the focus of our Giving Tuesday fundraising efforts, for which we raised over $10,000 this year.

These powerful stories remind of us of the value of the work being done in the Humanities both locally and globally, on projects big and small, and leave us excited for what’s to come in the new year. In the meantime, we send you our warmest wishes for a very restful and restorative winter holiday.

- Annalee Lepp, Dean

December 15, 2022