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News from the Dean: July 2014

Dear Alumni and Friends,

In a few short weeks, Penn State students will be back, and our studios, rehearsal halls, and classrooms will be buzzing once again. Before then, though, we are focusing on high school students. During the week of July 13, we hosted talented students in the arts and design in three special learning opportunities: the Honors Music InstitutePenn State School of Visual Arts Summer Camp, and Architecture and Landscape Architecture Camp. These weeklong immersion experiences give high school students the opportunity to improve their skills and also introduce them to Penn State’s superior programs and facilities. Many participants in the camps later apply to the University.

While academic life typically revolves around the fall and spring semesters, Penn State doesn’t really slow down in the summer—it just changes. In addition to the summer camps, we have held numerous orientation sessions for new students and, in the coming weeks, will be welcoming hundreds of prospective students for Penn State’s popular “Spend a Summer Day” program. The College of Arts and Architecture values these opportunities where faculty, staff, and current students can share information about our programs in more intimate settings.

The Arts Showcase—which we are now publishing in both the fall and the spring—will be hitting mailboxes soon, as well as our annual magazine. If you are not on the mailing list for these publications, please send a request to

I hope your summer has included both work and play, and you have had time to enjoy activities with family and friends. Thanks, as always, for your support, and please keep in touch!