We are a ways into the semester and it is a good time to check on where you are standing. Some of you may be cruising along. Others might have run into some difficulties. It is important to remember that there are a whole host of folks here who are ready to help you: from academic advisors to faculty, graduate teaching assistants to peer mentors, and even fellow students. The College of Natural Sciences is a community that is here to support you.
This community is not some nebulous group off in the distance. It is you. I was reminded of this a few weeks ago by a quote from John William Mallett, professor of physics and chemistry and the Chairman of the Faculty when the University opened in 1883. He told that small first class of students, "You frequently hear the phrase used, coming to the university, not remembering that you are the university." Similarly, you are the College of Natural Sciences. Here in CNS, we are a community of over 11,000 students, 700 faculty, and 2,000 staff. Take advantage of that. We are all stronger together.
Dr. Vanden Bout
P.S. As a reminder, if you changed addresses since you last registered to vote, October 11th is the last day to register to vote with your new address.
P.P.S. Applications for CNS Got Talent are DUE OCTOBER 10TH BY 11:59PM. The CNS Got Talent competition aims to increase camaraderie between College of Natural Sciences students with talent acts and a Quizbowl. The top three acts win service scholarships worth $200, $100, and $50, respectively. Acts can be individual, duo, or trio. The event will be held on Wednesday, November 9th at 7PM in the SAC Auditorium (SAC 1.402), and auditions will be on October 14th from 6-8PM. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.