Message from Humanities Dean Elizabeth A. Say

Elizabeth A. Say, Ph.D.
CSUN Alum 1981

In this issue of the newsletter, we welcome some new colleagues, celebrate a new name, and say goodbye to an old friend. As always, we introduce the new faculty who joined the College in the past year. Each one contributes to our ability to fulfill the College Mission as we “explore and value the diversities of cultures, thought, perspectives, literatures and languages of humanity,” and we are delighted to have them join us here at CSUN. Also joining us is our new Associate Dean, Dr. Karin Stanford, who has been part of the CSUN community for 11 years. I’m very happy to have her as a member of the College leadership team and hope you have the opportunity to meet her at one of our yearly events. And Suren Seropian has come aboard as the new Director of Development. Like me, Suren is an alum of the College, and he shares my enthusiasm for the work we do and the students we serve. He promises me that he will stay in this position for a long time and I know you will enjoy getting to know him! In May, we renamed the Asian House in honor of Professor Glenn Omatsu and had a wonderful dedication ceremony to celebrate this event. Lastly, we say good-bye to Mary Eve Finestone. Eve was one of the first community friends I met after I became dean. Over the years we had some wonderful conversations about the past and future of the College of Humanities. She was always enthusiastic about what we were doing and generous with her time and resources. She will be missed.