This spring, along with the sense of renewal the season brings, we have enjoyed being on campus with students and colleagues, as well as making new acquaintances. There’s a special sense of connectedness within the Dyson community that anchors us and motivates our scholarship on campus as well as our service to the broader community, which makes this such a rewarding group to be a part of.
In this issue, you’ll learn more about the past, present, and future connections of our Dyson community. The McCauley brothers – Jim ’73, Brian ’75, and Denis ’79, all Dyson alumni – share a special connection to each other and to their time at Pace as charter members of the History Summit, a small gathering of alumni for debate and discourse that has been meeting annually for the better part of four decades.
And speaking of tradition, the Society of Fellows, Dyson’s premier honors organization, hosted its 41st Annual Meeting in March, led by new program chair Judith Pajo, PhD. In this story, Pajo details her vision for the future of the Society, and five exemplary students who were selected to present at the event’s plenary session give us a glimpse into their impressive research projects.
Our community is also focused on the well-being of ourselves and our world – two themes at the forefront of our recognition of Earth Month this April. In this article, we highlight ways to embrace being outside – from mindfulness to art projects, to events hosted by the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and Environment and the Environmental Studies and Sciences department – will help our community to honor the beauty of our planet.
As the school year draws to a close, I look forward to developing more connections with our community through end-of-year celebrations, award ceremonies, and our first in-person Commencement exercises since 2019.
As always, if you have a story to share, please connect with Angela Nally, ’99 ’06, assistant dean for communications at Dyson College. I wish you all a restorative spring season.
Tresmaine R. Grimes, PhD
Dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education