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Someone told me it’s all happening at the zoo

March 27, 2015

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

I couldn’t get that old Simon and Garfunkel tune out of my head last weekend. On Friday evening, we celebrated the achievements of four arts and sciences graduates at our annualRecognition of Excellence event held...

December in China

January 7, 2015

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

china1.jpg Internationalism is a major goal of the University of South Carolina’s strategic plan. To be effective in the 21st Century, students must develop a global vision and...

Art and Natural Science

 October 6, 2014

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert is a carefully researched historical novel about a 19th century female botanist. The novel is widely praised as the story of a woman who,...

The Case for Diversity

 August 13, 2014

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

Recently, university leaders in our state met to discuss a response to new National Science Foundation regulations on grants and grant management.   A key component of the new regulations is...

Student Debt and the University Response

June 30, 2014

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

Television specials and newspaper accounts are full of stories of (usually liberal arts) college graduates, living with Mom and Dad, with no jobs and hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt for their college...

Graduation 2015

May 15, 2014

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

On Saturday May 10th, President Harris Pastides had the opportunity to shake hands with over 1100 Arts and Sciences degree recipients at the Colonial Center.  It was truly a full house with every seat...

The Irresistible Ones

April 17, 2014

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

This year we have been commemorating the integration of the University of South Carolina.  We have had numerous programs, lectures, films and visiting artists.   On April 11, we dedicated a commemorative garden...

The Open Book

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By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

What do Colum McCann, Ian McEwen, John Banville, and Martin Amis have in common?  They have all visited Columbia to speak to the community about their work in the popular...

Social Media and Sense of Community

March 4, 2014

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

social_1.jpg Since the mid-nineties, the Internet has exerted a pervasive influence on our lives.  Our ability to cross time and space to communicate with one another has never...

Honoring Dean Willard Davis

February 17, 2014

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

After moving the administrative offices of the College of Arts and Sciences into the Petigru building a few months ago, I went in search of portraits of the previous deans of the college in order to...

How This Dean Spends Her Free Time

January 24, 2014

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

One of the most enjoyable aspects of my position as Dean of the oldest, largest, and most diverse college within the University takes place almost every weekday evening after 5:00 pm, when I have the...

A Perfect Gift

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December 16, 2013

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

The College of Arts and Sciences moved into our new offices and classrooms in the restored Petigru College building at the beginning of the fall semester....

How Faculty Reputation Helps Students

November 26, 2013

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

fowler.jpg One of the aspects of my life I am most thankful for this holiday season is the quality of the faculty we have in the College. Many are new rising stars in their...

How Faculty Reputation Helps Students

November 26, 2013

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

fowler.jpg One of the aspects of my life I am most thankful for this holiday season is the quality of the faculty we have in the College. Many are new rising stars in their...

The Best Homecoming Ever

November 4, 2013

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

Homecoming 2013 could not have been better. The weather was forgiving, the football team launched what we hope is a winning streak, and we were able to showcase the inspiring work of the...

Dress for Success

October 22, 2013

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

Every fall, the dedicated and involved Alumni Board of the College of Arts and Sciences hosts a Career Evening for all of our undergraduate students.  Alumni from across the state come to the campus...

Town and Gown

October 7, 2013

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

Annie Leibovitz, America’s best known living photographer, has a show (Pilgrimage) that opened on Thursday, October 3 at the Columbia Museum of Art (CMA).  

 I attended the opening...

Western Women Will Save the World

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…said His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, in September three years ago at the Vancouver Peace Summit.  This statement came to mind on Monday evening as I sat on the stage in the Rutledge Chapel to mark the opening of the University of...

September 11, 1963: A Day that Changed South Carolina History

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September 11, 2013

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

As Robert G. Anderson, Henrie Dobbins Monteith, and James L. Solomon Jr. approached the registration desks to enroll in their classes for the fall semester of...

Space, The Final Frontier

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September 5, 2013

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise.   Its five- year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations...

Welcome Class of 2017!

August 16, 2013

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

It is a rainy Friday afternoon in Columbia. The fall semester is quickly approaching.

On Saturday, casually attired faculty and staff will arrive on campus to help students move into their dorms....

Big Data

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August 2, 2013

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

For a number of years I have refused to give my zip code when buying an item in a store and I do not participate in the loyalty savings card plans at grocery...

The Heart of the Matter

July 5th, 2013

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

I am writing this blog on the Fourth of July weekend.   It is appropriate to spend time as we celebrate the beginning of our democracy thinking about The Heart of the Matter, the long- awaited...

Point and Counterpoint

June 6, 2013

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

I received some interesting feedback on my recent blog post on the conference I attended at the University of Michigan about the future of the liberal arts.

At issue is some research conducted at the...

The Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Research University Today: Histories, Challenges and Futures

May 30, 2013

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

I was invited to attend a conference in Ann Arbor last week hosted by the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and sponsored by the arts and science deans of the Committee on...

Our McKissick Museum: Telling the Story of Southern Life

May 13, 2013

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

Our McKissick Museum is not only an art museum but one dedicated to examining and celebrating community, culture, and the environment. http://www.artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum

The museum has...

At the Movies

May 6, 2013

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

We have a public film archive of international prominence called the Moving Image Research Collection (MIRC), housed in the University Libraries.

Every day, A&S students and faculty join major American,...

The Great Migration

May 3, 2013

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

The most daring and creative presentation I witnessed this past week was by  Curtis R. Rogers, Ph.D.  Many of us know Curtis as the successful and energetic Communications Director of the South Carolina...

City by the Bay

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By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

With about 6,000 other individuals from around the world, I attended the International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Meeting held in San Francisco in early April...

King Lear: The Corporate Tycoon

April 19, 2013

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

I saw a riveting performance this week of King Lear, presented by Theatre South Carolina. 

I am always impressed with the quality of the creative work that Jim...

Six Hundred People Ponder the Sentence

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April 9, 2013

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

One of the joys of serving as Dean is that one has the chance to see the play of disciplines and how scholars in various disciplines approach understanding...

Someone told me it's all happening at the zoo

March 26, 2013

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

I couldn’t get that old Simon and Garfunkel tune out of my head last weekend. On Friday evening, we celebrated the achievements of four arts and sciences graduates at our annual Recognition...

Why major in the liberal arts?

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March 8, 2013

By: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

As dean of the largest college of arts and sciences in the state of South Carolina, I am often asked what major undergraduate students should select. ...