Dean's Message: The Tapestry of Life
Tapestries are multi-layered, colorful, unique works of art made of threads that are both hidden and visible. Just like a tapestry, Dyson students’ visible learning experiences and the hidden beauty of the liberal arts are woven together and expressed in rich, distinctive and rewarding lives.
The beauty of studying liberal arts is that it provides students the opportunity to explore many areas based on their interests and goals, while gaining the knowledge and skills they need for success. Of course, liberal arts programs offer the visible study of a disciplines in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences, but they also help students to develop other less obvious, or hidden, skills such as analytic thinking, interpretation, communication, and problem-solving. The less obvious skill sets (often referred to as “soft skills”) are the threads that form the foundation of their education, just as the hidden warp threads of a tapestry form the basis of its construction. The hidden and visible threads are woven together to create a bigger picture – a tapestry that, for our students, forms the basis for leading a fulfilling life.
The environment, poetry, political science, peace and justice studies, sociology, music, art, video gaming, and magazine publishing: How have study in these liberal arts areas and careers in these industries been woven in the lives of our students, alumni, and faculty?
That is what you will learn about in this issue: How an alumna who studied English and writes poetry succeeded in creating a video game. How an alumnus altered the direction of his life and became a music magazine publisher after taking one influential course. And further, how Dyson’s first ever “Super Learning Community” brought Dyson faculty from four different disciplines together to inspire Dyson freshmen students in the liberal arts.
Study in the liberal arts offers choices that lead to discovering a passion not imagined before. This allows for an exciting, endless range of outcomes for our students. I am pleased to share success stories like these that reveal the varied accomplishments of our students, alumni, and faculty.
If you have a story you would like to share, please contact Angela Nally, assistant dean, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nira Herrmann, PhD
Dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences