With the school year winding down, students are preparing for final exams and perhaps graduation. While it might be somewhat of a bittersweet experience for some to leave behind the friendly confines of the 40 Acres, every student can take pride in having attended a university known throughout the world for its stellar faculty, ground-breaking research, devoted staff and of course, dynamic graduates.
The College of Liberal Arts is proud to announce two prestigious national honors that demonstrate the level of scholarship and success we strive for. American history Professor David Oshinsky can now add "Pulitzer Prize winner" to his title. Oshinsky won a Pulitzer in the history category for his book "Polio: An American Story," which details America's obsession with the disease in the 1940s and 1950s. Oshinsky has been at the university since 2001 and we are thrilled with this seminal achievement. Prof. Oshinsky has also been named the recipient of the Herbert Hoover Book Award for this work. In proof of the point that the best scholars are usually the best teachers, he was chosen to be a President's Associate Teaching Award winner this year as well.
Also impressive is the work of our Student Division, which was named Outstanding Advising Program by the National Academic Advising Association. This award confirms that the advising at the University of Texas College of Liberal Arts is considered among the best in the United States! The knowledge and skill of our advisors was crucial when they registered in a matter of hours more than 300 visiting students displaced by Hurricane Katrina, and helped them find services for housing and financial aid. I am intensely proud of this group of professionals.
This is my last message to you as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. June 1 I will assume the duties of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of Kansas. As Jan and I move to Lawrence, it will be with a sense of deep affection for this place and these people. The College has never been stronger. The students have never been better. The faculty have never been more illustrious. You, the alumni and friends of this College, are responsible for much of the progress that we have made. Without your support--financial and otherwise--we could not do what we do. I will always be grateful to you for that support.
Thank you for helping to make this treasure shine with greater luster and brilliance than at any time in its history. This institution is worthy of your affection. It will always have mine.
With gratitude and fondness,
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