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A fall celebration for Arts and Sciences

Welcome to this special issue of art/sci, the biannual newsletter for faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the College of Arts and Sciences at Case. As the 2005-06 academic year begins, the fruits of several major initiatives—in student and faculty recruitment, curricular reform, program development, and facilities creation—will be visible in the College and across the university. With so much to celebrate, nothing less than a special issue seemed adequate to the occasion.

This is the year when SAGES, a program created under the leadership of Arts and Sciences faculty, will become the general education curriculum for all Case undergraduates. It is the year when the university will enroll its largest entering class ever, and when Arts and Sciences will welcome eighteen new faculty members, including ten in the humanities and six in the social sciences. It is a year when several departments will be significantly expanded, with the appointment of new chairs and, in some cases, a redefinition of their research and educational missions.

Finally, this is the year when the newly completed construction of world-class facilities—including the residential Village at 115, SAGES Central, and the Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman Digital Library, Language Learning, and Multimedia Services Center— will make an unprecedented array of educational resources and experiences available to Case students and faculty.

We hope that you will enjoy learning about the remarkable changes taking place in Arts and Sciences this fall. Thank you for reading this special issue.