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Inaugural Magis Lecture Ushers in New College of Arts & Sciences at Le Moyne

The liberal arts are the heart and soul of a Le Moyne student’s experience, and now they have found a brand new home on the Heights. On April 21, members of the Le Moyne community gathered to celebrate the transition of the Division of Arts and Sciences to a full-fledged College of Arts and Sciences. The largest School or College on campus, it is home to 118 full-time faculty members, 36 majors and minors, and 12 programs, as well as the Core Curriculum, five centers of excellence, and
 Le Moyne’s Integral Honors Program.

The announcement of the new College was made following the College’s inaugural Arts and Sciences Magis Lecture, which was delivered by Robert Flower, Ph.D. During the event, former Dean of Arts and Sciences Chris Jones, Ph.D., reflected on the vibrancy of the liberal arts at Le Moyne, noting that, within the past year, Le Moyne’s Religion and Literature Forum drew scholars from prestigious institutions around the country, including the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University and the University of Virginia, and two professors from the College of Arts and Sciences each published their ninth book. In addition, arts and sciences faculty members have received numerous national and College-wide teaching awards.

The department chairs and program directors of the division, acting as representatives of the faculty, staff and students, were unanimous in their decision to adopt the new name, which they said will create a clearer institutional identity and may play a role in boosting faculty, staff, and student morale over time. In addition, they noted that the shift from a division to a college will also make it easier to brand and market, and will provide a platform for fundraising, including a potential future naming gift.

The new College of Arts and Sciences is also consistent with the Madden School of Business, which is home to eight undergraduate programs as well as master’s degree programs in business administration and information systems, and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, which is home to graduate programs in education, nursing and physician assistant studies.

posted on: 4/21/2014