Year-end message from Dean Aistrup, 2018

Photo of Dean Aistrup inside his office

As another calendar year comes to an end, I would like to take a moment to reflect upon our accomplishments, and to share what’s in store for 2019. 

•    First, I’d like to congratulate our university award winners. The following were recognized at the Auburn University Awards Ceremony on Nov. 13: Cathleen Giustino, from the Department of History for receiving a Creative Research and Scholarship Award, John Rapp, from the Department of Psychology, for receiving an Alumni Professorship, and the entire Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures for receiving the Departmental Award for Excellence in Education. Donna Kent, from the Department of English, is the most recent recipient of the Spirit of Excellence Award. Please join me in congratulating our esteemed colleagues! 

•    As many of you know, construction of the Goodwin Hall band rehearsal addition is underway. The 14,600-square-foot structure will include a band rehearsal hall, rooms for instrument and uniform storage, and support space. Infrastructure and utility work will be confined to the university holiday breaks to have the less detrimental effect on students and faculty. The project is set for completion in the fall semester of 2019.

•    Please join me in welcoming Cindy Bowling as our new Associate Dean for Research. She will be moving into Paula Bobrowski’s office, and we wish Paula well in her retirement. Filling the position of chair for the Department of Political Science (vacated by Cindy), is Paul Harris. Paul is a professor of political science and has served as the Associate Director of the Honors College since 2008. 

•    Welcome Brandon Etheredge, the new multimedia specialist working in the college’s Office of Communication and Marketing. Brandon graduated in May with a degree in media studies and was previously the weekend bureau chief at WTVM in Columbus. He will lead video and social media activities for the college, and is located in 3183 Haley Center, so stop in and say hello. 

•    We have initiated the All Auburn, All Steinway Campaign. Becoming an All-Steinway School is a prestigious designation bestowed by Steinway & Sons. The greatest impact of being an All-Steinway School will be felt by students and faculty, who will have the opportunity of a lifetime to learn, practice, and perform on the highest-caliber equipment available. To learn more about this exciting designation, please click here

•    We look forward to celebrating our faculty and staff with our annual awards ceremony in April – be on the lookout for details in early 2019. 

•    Also on the horizon in 2019 (and beyond) are some new branding efforts both by our college, and the university at-large. This will involve new printed materials, as well as new website designs. 

•    And finally, many of you joined me in saying goodbye to Sharon Spence on Nov. 9th at Pebble Hill. Although a part of me will always mourn Sharon, I enjoyed hearing how much she meant to so many of you. Thank you for sharing your stories and memories of Sharon, she will live on in our hearts and in our memories for a long time to come. Patricia James is my new executive assistant, and she will support Dr. Summerfield as well. 

I sincerely wish each of you a very happy holiday season. Rest up, enjoy your families, and let’s get ready to take on 2019, together. 


Best wishes, 

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Joe Aistrup
Dean, College of Liberal Arts


Last Updated: December 19, 2018