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News from the Dean: November 2015

It’s the month of giving thanks. In a recent leadership seminar I attended for deans, the speaker noted that one of the most important ways we create a happy attitude for ourselves and for our workplace is to say “thank you” to someone at least once a day. In addition to speaking those words, our actions express our appreciation for others. In the College of Arts and Architecture, our faculty and students show gratitude everyday, simply by doing what they do.

Take the trumpet student preparing for his solo recital. He rehearses for hours, on top of his regular studio sessions, not only so he can give a good performance, but so he can demonstrate his appreciation for the chance—thanks to scholarship support—to attend Penn State. Or take the architecture faculty member who seeks opportunities for her students to meet with professionals in the field. She and her students would not be able to travel to visit architecture firms without program support. These trips benefit not only students, but the department as a whole, by showing the quality of students that we produce.

In this issue, you’ll read about School of Music graduate student Tania Pyatovolenko, a cellist who initiated a collaborative project with printmakers in the School of Visual Arts that resulted in a spectacular visual and aural presentation in mid-November. You will also read about students in the School of Visual Arts’ Interdisciplinary Digital Studio program, who joined together to form a club where they could focus on developing their technology and networking skills. Those are just two more examples of students who are making the most of their Penn State education.

While November is traditionally considered the month for giving thanks, we hope you won’t forget a special day in early December. December 1 is Giving Tuesday—a global day, taking place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, dedicated to giving back, established by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Watch our social media for updates and information on philanthropy to Penn State.

Thank you, once again, for all you do—all year ‘round. Warmest wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season spending time with (and saying “thanks” to) the people you love.