To Our Alumni

Joel Haack

As many of you may know, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the College of Natural Sciences merged, effective July 1, 2011. The new College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences (CHAS), of which I am dean, enrolls one third of UNI’s students in its majors and programs. Our faculty teaches 40 percent of the student credit hours of the entire university.

While the process of merging two colleges has at times been challenging and some issues still need to be resolved, overall we are pleased with the results. The education of our students, the creative and scholarly activities of our faculty and the outreach to the state of Iowa and beyond remain our focus. In short, CHAS is successfully contributing to fulfilling the mission of the university.

The budget situation for the Regents institutions continues to be challenging, especially for UNI. Because just under half of the UNI budget comes from state appropriations, state budget cuts in the past 10 years have disproportionately impacted UNI, compared with the other Regents universities. As a result of the budget strictures, we will be forced to close some programs at UNI, as you have no doubt read about in the news media. Of course, students currently in the programs will be accommodated.

I am very grateful for the financial support from our UNI alumni and friends. Two UNI alumni, Eileen and Bob Youds have issued a challenge to UNI alumni and friends: If you upgrade the gift you made last year to the Dean’s Fund for Excellence, they will match your upgrade dollar for dollar up to $15,000. The challenge also applies to first-time donors. For more information about the challenge, go to http://www.uni.edu/chas/news-events/12-28-11/ elevate-inspire-youds-cha.... I encourage you to consider multiplying the value of your gift by taking advantage of this generous offer.

Joel K. Haack, Dean