Dean's Message to Alumni (Fall 2022)

I writing to you as the new Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Dalhousie University. I started my new position in July of 2022 and in a few short months have had the immense pleasure of connecting with dozens of Dalhousie alumni. One of the very best parts of my job is learning about what graduates of FASS have gone on to accomplish.

Among the many wonderful events I have attended thus far, I recently hosted the 2022 Stanfield Conversation. This annual lecture series brings disinguished speakers together to discuss topics focused on democratic engagement. This year's conversation was moderated by FASS graduate in Philosophy, Portia Clark, the host of CBC Radio’s Information Morning for Mainland Nova Scotia. Portia is just one of our remarkable alumni who remain deeply engaged with the FASS community and is eager to interact with and give back to the Faculty. I also had the privilege of touring the extension of the Arts Centre at Dalhousie, which includes a new home for the Fountain School of Performing Arts Costume Studies program, a new concert hall (the Joseph Strug Concert Hall) and a myriad of new practice rooms. This $38 million dollar expansion has been made possible by the generosity of Dalhousie supporters, alumni and their families, including Fred and Elizabeth Fountain, without whom we would not have the ability to create and maintain world-class performance venues for our students.

It seems that everywhere I look Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences graduates are having an impact on the world. Please do reach out to us when you hear of these ground-breaking accomplishments, or to share your own stories, so that we can properly celebrate them. You are part of the FASS family and we are very proud of all that you do!

Please do not hesitate to drop by the FASS Dean’s Office in the Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building when you are next on campus; we are always thrilled to welcome alumni back to Dalhousie and would love to hear from you!

Enjoy the fall!

Jen Andrews
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences