It is both an honor and privilege to serve as the new Dean of the Carol A. Ammon College of Arts & Sciences. As a long-time member of the faculty, having begun my career here as an assistant professor of history in the fall of 1997, I have always seen Central Connecticut State University as a special place. The institution opened its doors in 1849 as the state’s Normal School, responsible for training public school teachers. Over time, schools like ours changed their names, embraced broader missions, and awarded undergraduate as well as graduate degrees. Despite these and other transformations, one thing has remained a constant. In every era since their origins, former “Normal Schools” have served as foundation stones in their communities, providing diverse populations access to education and serving as portals to better lives. Today, CCSU has three undergraduate schools in addition to the Ammon College, as well as a graduate school that unites all four. Our dedicated faculty in the Ammon College encompass the arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences. They teach courses essential to the general education of all students at CCSU, while training their majors in a wide array of fields including Art, Economics, International Studies, Journalism, and Psychological Science. Their research and creative activity range across an extraordinary array of activities, including studies of microaggressions & modern racism, the influence of the French Revolution on Soviet political thought, and the efficacy of court-mandated family violence education programs, as well as recordings of sonatas by Karl Pilss and Jean Hubeau. Keep an eye on our social media accounts and this newsletter for more information about the many accomplishments of Ammon College faculty and students. Don't forget to attend Homecoming 2018 - Friday, October 19 & Saturday, October 20! For more information, please go to www.ccsu.edu/homecoming.