Another semester, another graduation, another year. It seems like just yesterday that we were welcoming in 2013, greeting the fresh new faces of the Class of ‘17, and setting out on the bold new path ahead.
We have had many accomplishments during this year’s journey - expanding our influence within our community and beyond through insightful research, academic achievements, and community service. We have experienced growth and change, both in the college and within the individuals that make up COEHD. We have said “hello” to new students, faculty, and staff, and felt a part of us go as we said “goodbye” to others.
I ask that you join me in looking back at 2014 not only as a reminder of what we have done, but also as a benchmark of where we can go, and what we can achieve. As we say goodbye to 2014 and another graduating class, we complete a cycle that brings about new educators and educational leaders, health professionals, school counselors, education psychologists, and many other future leaders in the diverse range of professions that is COEHD.
When first asked this question, I was taken aback. It is not easy to describe all of COEHD, who we are, and all that we do in one word. I finally settled on transformative. All of our students changing to become graduates, our academics adapting to meet emerging ideas and technology, our research turning questions into new knowledge, and all of those lives we changed in our community along the way.
In saying goodbye, we will also begin anew, with new faces, new ideas, and new hope. We begin the transformation of students to future professionals, leaders, and teachers. Welcome to the 2014 issue of the Spectrum! We hope that it provides a glimpse of who we are, what we have done, and where we are going. We know that COEHD means many things to many people, and hope that you leave with a better understanding of what COEHD means to you.
Betty M. Merchant
Dean of the College of Education and Human Development