On the Earth, in the Environment

On the Earth, in the Environment

On the Earth, in the Environment

Update from the desk of Associate Dean Guerra

The exciting optimism that embodies the School of Earth and Environment and its academic programs is refreshing all year round, but it is especially so at this time of year given the demands of the semester’s end.  I am thus pleased to have this opportunity to provide several updates.

First, I’d like to reflect on progress over the fall semester:

  • The School’s funded research has continued to grow, both within GPS but also within the other two departments. As a result, I am pleased to report that the Dean’s Office has assumed a larger role in assisting faculty with research administration.
  • Faculty research programs are supporting an ever-larger number of students, providing high-impact learning and professional experiences across the School.
  • The Dean’s Office participated in the welcome reception in September for a new cohort of graduate students in the M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning.
  • A new lounge for SEE students is being created on the 3rd floor on the western end of the hallway in the former study room. This community space will be available to all students.
  • Discovery Hall 330, the graduate student lounge, is also being updated with computers and a printer from GPS, which will facilitate greater student use of that space.

Second, I’d like to highlight a few happenings planned for the spring semester:

  • SEE will be organizing an event to showcase the many scholarly and creative activities undertaken by our faculty and students. Stay tuned for more information. 
  • We will continue our ongoing community-building activities, including the faculty and staff pizza parties. The January gathering will be held in Robinson to facilitate GPS attendance.
  • SEE will be organizing events to acknowledge both Earth and Darwin Days.
  • The SEE Student Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, April 27 in the evening.

Having recently returned from a trip to the southwest to visit my parents, I am reminded of the many aspects of our home here in southern New Jersey for which I am grateful, not the least of which is Rowan University.  As I mentioned above, there is a great optimism found here, not only in our School but across the broader University.

Please continue to be in touch with me if there is anything I can do to assist you.  Remember also that I am the building manager for Discovery Hall, and I very much want to make sure the space is welcoming, productive, and accommodating to all.   Let me know should you have any feedback.  In closing, I wish all of you a healthy and safe holiday season!