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Dean's Report - Fall 2010

I am very pleased to report that Sociology Professor Jill Quadagno was elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Jill, who holds the Mildred and Claude Eminent Scholar Chair, is renowned for her work on aging, health and social policy issues. Her contributions to Florida and the nation are outstanding. This recognition is just the latest example of the attention, prestige and honor she brings to our College and The Florida State University.

Students continue to receive scholarships for foreign study from alumni gifts to the College’s general development fund. Last summer we supported students to study in Croatia, Korea, China, and Norway. Samantha Dokoulas enrolled at the International School in Oslo to study global poverty and economic development. That school brings together 500 students from over 90 countries. Carl Clement, a student in our Asian Studies program, spent time in China to work on improving his Chinese language skills. He hopes to work in international marketing strategy development with an emphasis on China. Taylor Price received a scholarship to study in Korea while Lee Hogan participated in an FSU program in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

The College is committed to creating career enhancing learning experiences that surpass the normal degree requirements. These include providing opportunities for leadership and professional development, internships, and international study and service. Students receiving support from alumni gifts for international travel are enormously grateful for the experience. For example, Carl Clement concluded his letter describing his China experience with the following: “This program provided a unique and specialized experience within this region necessary for a career in international business. I once again thank you.”

As 2010 comes to a close, I respectfully ask that you consider making a contribution to the College’s general development fund that supports ambitious students who seek extraordinary learning opportunities while at Florida State. The College currently has more than 27,000 alumni. If everyone makes a year-end gift, we will be able to greatly expand these opportunities for our students. Give whatever you can, but please give. Please note that some rankings of colleges are significantly influenced by the percentage of alumni giving to the college.

By going to you can make a gift that will help our students and enhance the reputation of FSU.

I wish you and your family the very best for this holiday season and the new year.

David W. Rasmussen, Dean