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Sarah Mangeldorf

Sarah Mangeldorf

Greetings! It is with great pleasure that I write to you in my role as the new Dean of Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. I began my job on August 18th and have been running ever since!

The wonderful experiences I’ve had getting to meet and beginning to know the departments, programs, alums and students of Weinberg have been augmented by the momentous times we find ourselves in. I’ve been privileged to witness our nation’s recent historic election as it unfolded just down the shore from our beautifully foliaged campus. I’ve encountered the solidarity of the Northwestern community as we brace ourselves for the difficult economic times we find ourselves in. I’ve also shared in the outpouring of mournful respect after the recent passing of one of my predecessors as Dean, Larry Dumas.

When I had the opportunity to welcome our new freshman class of 2012, I felt particularly connected to my audience. After all, as I told them, we were all beginning our Northwestern careers together. We could share the excitement of exploring our beautiful campus and town while commiserating about the embarrassment of getting lost in a new place. We could relate about the joys of forging new relationships, but also the loneliness of having many acquaintances but no close friends yet. Above all, we could all appreciate the wisdom of asking for advice and guidance when we need it. My boss and friend, Provost Dan Linzer, can attest to my adherence to this practice.

As my first quarter here at Northwestern comes to a close, I feel I can reflect with satisfaction on my experiences. As the seasons have changed on our glorious campus, I’ve attended several exciting talks by visiting speakers, and had the distinct pleasure of giving guest lectures in the undergraduate Developmental Psychology class. I’ve applauded the placement of the last girder on Silverman Hall in the “Topping Off” ceremony and had the good fortune of cheering for Northwestern during a wonderful 9-3 football season. I look forward to the quarters ahead, especially now that I know how to find my way...

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