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Today's word on journalism

Monday, October 8, 2007

Celebrating Columbus . . .

"1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them."

-- Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), author, from Breakfast of Champions

(NOTE: Strictly speaking, this Vonnegut quote doesn't have anything to do with journalism. I'll owe you one. On the other hand, Columbus didn't have anything to do with discovering America, either, strictly speaking.)


Dean of USU College of HASS to step down

As Utah State University enters a new academic year, it marks the final year for Gary Kiger's term as the dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. He steps down in July 2008 after five years at the helm of the university's largest college.

When Kiger accepted the position in 2003, it was a five-year term appointment. Following a sabbatical leave beginning next July, he will return to his faculty position as professor of sociology.

"It has been an honor and a privilege for me to serve as dean," Kiger said. "I believe we have achieved so many of the goals we set for ourselves."

He said his college's achievements are the result of quality faculty, students, staff and alumni.

"The college faculty is a group of engaged scholars and stellar teachers," he said. "Our students are bright and their achievements impressive. Our staff is hardworking and deeply committed, and our alumni are solid in their support of the college."

During his administration, the College of HASS has experienced a number of notable achievements, including the construction of a world-class performance hall.

Other achievements include:
· Creation of the Caine School of the Arts
· Successful implementation of a public relations, branding and marketing strategy for the college highlighting the successes of the college's faculty and students
· Establishment of the Religious Studies Program
· Development of the new Master's of Social Work program

USU President Stan L. Albrecht praised Kiger for his many accomplishments.

"Dean Kiger has provided excellent leadership over the last several years for Utah State University's largest college," Albrecht said. "His commitment to providing outstanding educational experiences for our students has been exemplary and his effective guidance in building outstanding new programs such as the Caine School of the Arts, the Religious Studies Program, and a new graduate program in Social Work will be lasting examples of his legacy as dean."

USU Executive Vice President and Provost Raymond T. Coward said Kiger has laid the foundation for the college's future successes.

"Dean Kiger is an extraordinary academic leader and has been an important asset to the administrative team at USU," Coward said. "Under his leadership this college has achieved important progress and has positioned itself for even greater success in the future."

In advance of a national search, the provost will be meeting with faculty in the weeks ahead to discuss the characteristics and traits that will be sought in the next dean and the process that will be used to create a viable candidate pool.


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