Letter from Dean Charles E. Marske
The 2006-06 academic year has been an event-filled time. I have focused a good deal of my attention on working with departments and particularly department chairs in identifying critical needs and opportunities for meeting those needs. In this issue of Tapestry, I will briefly comment on three of these projects, each of which draws upon the talents and support of departmental alumni.
The Varsity News (UDM's student newspaper) was returned to our College last year from Student Life. In an effort to improve the overall quality of the paper, a Varsity News (VN) Advisory Board of alumni and friends of Varsity News was formed. Chaired by former VN editor Ron Thayer '62, a very successful VN Reunion was held as part of UDM's Homecoming Celebration (see photos). The Advisory Board is now focused on assisting VN and the Department of Communication Studies in providing needed equipment and furnishings as well as raising funds to support stipends for students who work on VN.
The Theatre Department is working on a plan to continue the increase in attendance at its productions, to garner increased publicity for the department, and to aid recruiting efforts. The department has forged a partnership with the State of Michigan, businesses, social service agencies, and alumni to support a series of initiatives including performing Malice Aforethought as one of their four major productions for next year's season. This play focuses on the famous Sweet trials, which occurred in Detroit. A grant is being submitted to the Michigan Council of the Arts to support a series of special events including student matinees, lectures, and panel discussions in conjunction with this production, which was written by Arthur Beer, co-chair of the Theatre Department.
The Department of Psychology, one of the larger departments in the College, offers degrees at the B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. level. In addition, the department offers a range of services through the Psychology Department Clinic on a sliding-scale fee basis. In an effort to strengthen the department and its clinic, a Chair's Alumni Advisory Board has been organized. This board will offer advice and support to assist the chair and the department to improve and expand the work of the department.
As additional opportunities to serve your former department or the college arise, please step forward and become involved. Our loyal alumni are a source of valuable support that benefits all of us—our students, faculty, staff, and administrators—in so very many ways. Thank you.
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Education