We live in a time of great possibilities for communication arts and sciences. As the discipline of communication evolves, our college is poised to ride the tides of change.
Indeed, it is an exciting time to be a Spartan, especially in our college. Dr. Whitten, over the last few years, and recently, Dr. Lacy have guided the college admirably and we are now in a position to embark on a new journey.
Through innovation, dedication and collaboration, our faculty continue to offer world-class training to our students who continue to impress with notable accomplishments. Our faculty and students are agents of change, actively engaged in translational research that influences health, environment and public affairs in our region and around the world.
In 2015, we will continue to invest in opportunities that capitalize on the fusion of communication arts and sciences in research, teaching and service. We will build on our interdisciplinary partnerships with our friends in Agriculture, Engineering, Nursing, Arts and Letters, Social Sciences, Business and other disciplines across campus.
Even in these days of virtual connectivity, groundbreaking work also requires an inspiring physical environment. In the coming months, we will see investment in innovative labs designed to nurture collaborations and experimentation with new ideas. We will place our bets on areas that build on our strengths and advance the priorities of Michigan State University.
WKAR celebrates its 61st year in 2015 and we celebrate their successes with programs, such as “Curious Crew,” “Forte” and “Current Sports,” that make us proud. I am looking forward to opportunities to further integrate the college and WKAR in our teaching, research and creative work.
In the 60 years since our college was founded, our faculty have been among the foundational scholars in the field of communication. This trend continues. The numerous recognitions from professional and scientific organizations highlighted in this issue of The Communicator serve as a testament to the high quality of work by our faculty, students, staff and alumni.
In 2015, our faculty, staff, students and alumni will continue to make a difference. That is our tradition – making a difference in our communities and around the world. And I have seen abundant evidence that we do this very well. That is the Spartan spirit and thank you for championing it.