Dear Alumni and Friends:

The 2017-18 academic year promises to be an exciting one. I am taking over this fall as Chair from my friend and colleague, Gene Phillips, who completed a three-year term. We are all grateful for his leadership, particularly during the budgetary challenges of recent years.

As the school year begins, there’s a new wave of energy on campus. The State budget picture appears to be improving for UW. The Chancellor has announced expanding our undergraduate enrollment, which should lead to fresh hires on campus. While we have yet to know what this means for the Department’s future, the mood on Bascom is decidedly more optimistic. [continued...]