Invitation from Dean Otieno
ABOUT CELEBRATION OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS WEEK
It is my great honor and privilege to invite you, on behalf of the College of Science and Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), to our Celebration of Science and Mathematics week activities. The completion of the new science building is, by itself, a good enough reason to celebrate. But there are other reasons. For example, our faculty and students continue to excel and receive recognitions, new degree programs in biomedical sciences and geographic information sciences have recently been established, and we have made great progress in many fronts in our first year of existence as the College of Science. Indeed, when the College was formed through a structural reorganization a little bit over a year ago, one anticipated outcome was that the new organizational structure would provide an opportunity for an increased focus on science and mathematics programs at EKU. This Celebration of Science and Mathematics is one way of doing just that. In the following paragraphs, I expound on some of the objects of the celebration.
Celebrating the New Science Building. We have a new and amazing science building sitting on our campus at Eastern Kentucky University. This building will greatly impact our teaching and research missions in a positive way and, hence, student learning. We shall celebrate the building at the dedication ceremony for Phase II on September 15.
Celebrating (with) Our Alumni. The support of alumni and friends is invaluable to the college as we strive to enhance the educational experience for our students. In the past year, we launched a quarterly e-newsletter to facilitate communication with our alumni and friends. On September 11, we shall celebrate our alumni and take our engagement with them to the next level by launching the College of Science Alumni Lecture Series, which is designed to honor alumni who have distinguished themselves and the college through their professional accomplishments.
Celebrating (with) Our Retired Science and Mathematics Faculty. Retired faculty are a special subset of the College of Science’s friends. They support us in many ways, including part-time teaching, attendance at our events, sharing stimulating ideas with current faculty and students, as well making financial contributions to the university. On September 15, we shall celebrate our retired faculty by having the first formally organized gathering of this esteemed group.
Celebrating (with) Our Community. Our lives are greatly enriched by interactions with the community in which we live and work. We shall celebrate our community in a number of ways, including a free show at the Hummel Planetarium on September 12, hands-on science and mathematics activities for students from high schools in Madison County on September 11-14, and a “Family Nature Day” event at EKU’s Maywoods Environmental and Education Laboratory in Crab Orchard on September 16.
Celebrating Our Diversity. We shall celebrate EKU’s ongoing commitment to diversity by examining the value of diversity in science in the keynote address on September 14. Because females and minorities continue to be disproportionately underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, it is befitting that we have a distinguished female engineer and a distinguished African American scientist as our plenary speakers of the week, thereby providing role models for members of those segments in our community.
Celebrating Our Donors. Among those who will be participating in our celebration of science and mathematics week are individual and corporate donors who have generously supported our quest to provide the best possible education to our students. Their philanthropic contributions have supported student scholarships and faculty-student research collaborations, among other initiatives.
Part of the College of Science's mission is to educate students to have fruitful careers in science, computing, and mathematics and to advance knowledge through basic and applied research. Clearly, we cannot do this, without the support of the many stakeholders. That is why our celebration of science and mathematics is also a celebration of our partners, including you, and we would be greatly honored by your presence and participation.
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