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Letter from Dean Nancy Busch

Dean Nancy Busch
Attention West Coast GSAS alumni.

Dean Nancy Busch will visit Seattle and California in October for two upcoming alumni events.

On Thursday, October 29, she will host the Seattle Alumni Reception at the Space Needle, 400 Broad Street, Seattle, Wash.
The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. 

On Friday, October 30, she will be at the Azari Winery for the Northern California Alumni Reception.
The winery, which is owned by Kamal Azari, Ph.D., GSAS ’88, is located at 1501 Springhill Road,
Petaluma, Calif. The reception, which includes a complimentary wine tasting, starts at 7 p.m.

All GSAS alumni are welcome. For more information, contact Sara Hunt at (212) 636-6523

Rigorous scholarship and critical thinking are the foundation of the Graduate School of Arts and Science’s (GSAS) academic programs. Our students, an impressive group of ambitious and passionate scholars, continue to enhance GSAS’s reputation as one of the most prestigious graduate schools in the country.

Last year, GSAS students delivered 172 presentations at national and regional professional conferences, published 72 chapters and peer-reviewed articles, and won 51 prestigious national and international awards, including 11 Fulbrights, three Pollie Awards, two Presidential Management Fellowships and one Folger Institute Grant-in-Aid.
Numbers seldom tell the whole story. Consistent with the Jesuit tradition of education, GSAS emphasizes the development of the whole person and the fulfillment of each individual’s potential. Because we seek to create change agents, a Fordham GSAS education extends beyond the academic foundation and provides opportunities to put knowledge into action.
As I write this, heads of state are meeting in New York City for the United Nations summit on global warming. Fittingly, many of the articles in this issue of Communitas detail the efforts of alumni and faculty to gain and apply knowledge about the interconnectedness of human activities and the Earth’s living systems. The change agents profiled in this issue remind us that the Jesuit tradition has always been concerned with the process of discernment and making choices that consider not just the individual and the here and now, but the human community and the times to come—and argue persuasively for action to make humanity more humane and the future more green.

Nancy A. Busch, Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

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