New College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences Debuts July 1

UNI's new College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences will officially take the place of the former College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and College of Natural Sciences on Friday, July 1. The new consolidated college is the result of recommendations of Executive Vice President and Provost Gloria Gibson. A transition committee, chaired by Professors Betty DeBerg and Cliff Chancey, worked for more than a year to develop and carryout plans for the reorganization.

"The time was right to bring these colleges together with the goal of developing new, integrated programs that will serve the needs of our students and the state," said Gibson.

Joel Haack served as dean of both colleges for the past year. Haack will serve as the inaugural  dean of the new college. This is the first time colleges have been combined at UNI. Students enrolled in programs in the former colleges will be able to continue course work toward their degrees.The Office of the Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences is located in Communication Arts Center 266. The phone number is 273-2725. The college's two associate deans, Kavita Dhanwada and John Fritch, also are housed there.

The new college's website will go live Aug. 1 and can be found at www.uni.edu/chas/.

Also on July 1, the Department of Languages and Literatures will take the place of the former Department of Modern Languages, and Department of English Language and Literature. Jeff Copeland will serve as head of the new department for the 2011-12 academic year. The department office will be located in Baker Hall 117. The phone number is 273-2821.The new department's website will go live Aug. 1 and can be found at www.uni.edu/langlit/.

Courtesy of the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.