Message From the Dean
By now you are all aware that a commitment has been made by the President to transfer Holden Hall to the College of Engineering. While an upheaval such as this results in a variety of emotions, I have presented a plan to the Provost that should benefit Arts & Sciences going forward. Key components of this plan are as follows. The first is the construction of a new Physical Sciences building just south of the current Physics & Astronomy/Geosciences building. This building would be the future home of the departments of Physics & Astronomy, and Geosciences—including atmospheric sciences and geography—as well as some associated units. Secondly, the current Physics & Astronomy/Geosciences Building would be renovated to become Arts & Sciences Hall—the future home of the College and the departments that are currently in Holden Hall. The third component of the plan is adequate space in ESB I and II to accommodate the laboratory facility stresses and growth in the departments of Biology and of Chemistry/Biochemistry. Assignment/reassignment control of this space is also necessary. A fourth component is renovation of the wing of the Mathematics building that comprises the vestigial remains of the original campus library. Under this plan, Arts & Sciences would retain a consolidated position on Memorial Circle, befitting its status as one of the four founding colleges, as well as the largest college, on campus.
The opportunity to provide input into the design of a new physical science building as well as the renovations of the old "Science" building and the Mathematics building will allow the faculty involved to develop 21st century facilities. The location on the circle will continue to support branding opportunities for Arts & Sciences, including our successful and visible faculty/staff/alumni tailgates and A&S Student Day. These changes are not imminent. Financing for the new building and renovations of existing facilities will have to be raised during the next University fund raising campaign. A&S facilities needs will be around $110M. The President and Provost are aware of the coordination that must be undertaken to ensure that building and moves are accomplished in the necessary order.
The next major initiative under our college's Unmasking Innovation campaign to benefit the students and faculty of A&S is "Unmasking Innovation: An Evening with President George W. Bush", April 26th at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas. Individual seats are $250. VIP tables, which include a picture taking opportunity with the President are sold out, but there are other table opportunities available. Rather than give a talk, President Bush favors a question-and-answer format where he responds to questions asked by a moderator. Our moderator will be TTU alumnus Emily Jones, the sideline announcer for the Texas Rangers. Questions will range from his views on the future of higher education, to issues related to his times as governor of Texas and President of the U.S., as well as his views on current events. This will be the first time Texas Tech has hosted a U.S. President and we want to make this a stellar showing on behalf of the University. We currently have over 450 confirmed attendees and anticipate an audience between 600 and 800 people. Tickets can be purchased via www.artsandsciences.ttu.edu/bush or by contacting the A&S Alumni Relations Director, Cathey Durham, at 806.834.4754 or email@example.com.
W. Brent Lindquist
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences