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Marty Hershock

Dean
College of Arts, Science, and Letters

I hope that this message finds you safe and healthy. So many of our plans have changed over the last year, and that holds especially true for the students at the College of Arts, Science, and Letters (CASL). Their lives have been turned upside down since last March, and they’re doing their best to push forward amid a host of challenges like loss of income and tuition funds, transitioning to a remote learning environment, technology challenges, and health concerns. Despite the struggles, working toward a degree is a goal our students are set on achieving. Student success remains our top priority at CASL. With your help, we can ensure success for every student at a time when their needs are greater than ever.

As one recent graduate, the recipient of CASL’s “Get to Graduation” scholarship put it, “When you awarded me the ‘Get to Graduation’ scholarship, my family and I didn’t have to choose between health insurance and school. Thanks to your generosity, I’m able to graduate on time.” Without the means to attend school, graduate, or return to CASL after financial hardships, student success is a nonstarter. 

To date, the “Get to Graduation” scholarship has been awarded to over 50 students, each with their own story. We know these are just a portion of the students who need help. If a student doesn’t find the extra help they need, they leave the university without completing their degree and with no plans to return. In line with the new Dearborn Comeback, where students can return to campus on a scholarship, we’re working toward our own scholarship specific to CASL students to return and finish their degree. Student needs vary, but we need to meet them where they’re at. Your financial support means we can keep teaching and graduating students with scholarships at any point in their degree path.

In class, student success is led by faculty who are both effective teachers and curious researchers. With a scholar/teacher model, students have the unique opportunity to put theory into practice. Over the last 10 years, 176 students in the Natural Sciences alone have had their names published alongside college faculty. That is almost 18 undergraduates a year who graduate from CASL with a competitive edge whether their next step is graduate school or the workforce. But growing faculty research and maintaining these kinds of unique opportunities for student involvement comes at a price. As budgets have changed, your support is critical to giving students access to faculty and research with real-world applications.

Student success means a well-rounded education beyond coursework. Not all CASL students have a clear career path when they finish their degrees. Internships provide exposure to a real work environment, job experience, and an opportunity to build soft skills and to apply the many skills that students pick up through their CASL studies. Recently, we consolidated our internship office into a one-stop-shop for students, and our goal is to increase internship applications by at least 10%. Internships are a game-changer for our students, but they can be unpaid and take students away from a paying job while they’re in school. With a gift today, you can give students an internship experience that opens their eyes to a career without additional sacrifice. 

Our mission for student success doesn’t end at graduation. True student success means alumni success. There are so many possibilities ahead for our students. We can’t let those slip away because of factors beyond their control. Please make a gift so CASL students have every opportunity for success.

Sincerely,

Marty Hershock
Dean

P.S. As a valuable part of the CASL community, there are many ways to support students. Can you connect a student to an internship or be a mentor? Please reach out at umdalumni@umich.edu

 

As one recent graduate, the recipient of CASL’s “Get to Graduation” scholarship put it, “When you awarded me the ‘Get to Graduation’ scholarship, my family and I didn’t have to choose between health insurance and school. Thanks to your generosity, I’m able to graduate on time.” Without the means to attend school, graduate, or return to CASL after financial hardships, student success is a nonstarter. 

To date, the “Get to Graduation” scholarship has been awarded to over 50 students, each with their own story. We know these are just a portion of the students who need help. If a student doesn’t find the extra help they need, they leave the university without completing their degree and with no plans to return. In line with the new Dearborn Comeback, where students can return to campus on a scholarship, we’re working toward our own scholarship specific to CASL students to return and finish their degree. Student needs vary, but we need to meet them where they’re at. Your financial support means we can keep teaching and graduating students with scholarships at any point in their degree path.

In class, student success is led by faculty who are both effective teachers and curious researchers. With a scholar/teacher model, students have the unique opportunity to put theory into practice. Over the last 10 years, 176 students in the Natural Sciences alone have had their names published alongside college faculty. That is almost 18 undergraduates a year who graduate from CASL with a competitive edge whether their next step is graduate school or the workforce. But growing faculty research and maintaining these kinds of unique opportunities for student involvement comes at a price. As budgets have changed, your support is critical to giving students access to faculty and research with real-world applications.

Student success means a well-rounded education beyond coursework. Not all CASL students have a clear career path when they finish their degrees. Internships provide exposure to a real work environment, job experience, and an opportunity to build soft skills and to apply the many skills that students pick up through their CASL studies. Recently, we consolidated our internship office into a one-stop-shop for students, and our goal is to increase internship applications by at least 10%. Internships are a game-changer for our students, but they can be unpaid and take students away from a paying job while they’re in school. With a gift today, you can give students an internship experience that opens their eyes to a career without additional sacrifice. 

Our mission for student success doesn’t end at graduation. True student success means alumni success. There are so many possibilities ahead for our students. We can’t let those slip away because of factors beyond their control. Please make a gift so CASL students have every opportunity for success.

Sincerely,

Marty Hershock
Dean

P.S. As a valuable part of the CASL community, there are many ways to support students. Can you connect a student to an internship or be a mentor? Please reach out at umdalumni@umich.edu

 

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