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A Word From Our Dean

by Dr. Carmen Burkhalter, Dean

Dean Burkhalter, COAS

The Fall 2018 semester is off to a great start.  I want  to take this time to officially welcome all students, faculty, staff, families, alumni, and friends of the College of Arts and Sciences back to campus . This fall, A&S will welcome a total of over 2200 students, over 250 faculty and staff, and 13,000 alumni.

This time every year, I reflect on all of the people it takes to welcome a new cohort of students to college. This year, my perspective is even more refined. I have an 18-year-old going through the process of applying to college. It’s been a real eye-opening experience. My entire adult life has been devoted to the value of higher education, and I can honestly say that on the other side of this process I have been getting confused, nervous, and overwhelmed. I am wildly sympathetic to all of the families out there in the jungle of online paperwork, and I cannot imagine what first-generation college students go through.  But… there is a silver lining to all of this chaos that I want to share. UNA has, by far, the most student-friendly process to navigate. The fees are reasonable, the application is streamlined, the application submission date is earlier than most other schools, and real people are available to answer questions. They even have a FASFA night to help those in need of navigating the ultimate “survival of the fittest” event – the application process for financial aid and scholarships.

Before even one student is starts the first day of class they will have had to interact with the folks from Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid, Orientation, Advising, Academic Departments, Student Success, Student Life, Health Services, Housing, the Book Store, Dean’s Offices, and the Bursar’s office. I am sure I will discover even more as my own child progresses through the process.

I want to thank all employees of UNA for all they do to make the dreams of so many young people come true.