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Letter from the Dean

Important Links

CLASS Advising Center
Honors Program
Communicate Your Value
Student Success Story

Dr. Gregory Sadlek,
Dr. Joyce Mastboom,
Associate Dean
Dr. Eric Ziolek,
Associate Dean








Spring 2017

Letter from the Dean

Greg SadlekWelcome to the spring 2017 semester in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences! We’re glad that you've chosen to join us or to continue your studies with us, and we wish you continued success on your journey to your degree.

As you plan your choice of electives, have you considered taking some foreign language courses? Why? There's the practical reason that studying a second language will help you communicate with many people who do not speak English, both in the United State and around the globe. While it is true that English has become widely spoken as a second language around the world, it is not universally spoken by everyone. My experience is that people in major international population centers often speak English, but once you go beyond the cities, it is much less likely that you will encounter English speakers. So having a modest command of some elementary French, for example, might help you as you travel down the Loire River, far from Paris, viewing all the magnificent castles. That modest command of French, by the way, will be of great help the next time you try to read the menu in a French Restaurant.

There are other good reasons to study a second language. First, studying the grammar of a second language can help you learn more about the grammar of your first language. As a professor of English, I can state that there is nothing better for learning the grammar of English than by comparing and contrasting it to the grammar of a second language. Second, because many words in English are directly borrowed from other languages, such as French, Italian, Spanish, and Latin, studying these languages will help you build up your working vocabulary in English. Third, while you study a second language, you invariably also begin to learn about a second culture, which will enrich you personally as well as give you an outside perspective from which to view your own native culture. Fourth, in learning a second language you gain empathy for other people around the globe who struggle to master English but who don't always achieve the highest level of proficiency. You may be less inclined to snicker at a tourist when you hear a mispronounced word if you remember your own struggles reciting the dialogues out of your elementary Italian workbook!

So the next time you are thinking about an elective course or two, why not consider courses in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Arabic, Chinese, or Slovenian? Or, if you're more classically inclined, you might just try your hand at Latin. All of these great courses can be accessed in our Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Have a great semester!

Important University Links

Here are some important links to keep you connected!

You and your CSU email: What you need to know

CSU automatically assigns students a CSU email address. Instructors, advisors, and departments on campus send very important correspondence to this address. Students should access and monitor their CSU email frequently. Students can also forward messages received at the CSU email address to an alternative address. To forward your email log-in to CampusNet, click on the Personal tab, and select the email option.

Scholarship Opportunity for CLASS Undergraduate Students!

Applications are currently being accepted for the CROSSING THE FINISH LINE RETURNING ADULT SCHOLARSHIP!

  • Are you a full- or part-time returning adult student working on your first bachelor's degree?
  • Are you entering your final full-time semester prior to graduating (or within 15 credit hours of finishing your degree)?
  • Would you like to have up to half of your final semester's tuition covered?

If you answered yes to these questions, then the CROSSING THE FINISH LINE RETURNING ADULT SCHOLARSHIP might be for you. Click here for the application, which also contains additional requirements, along with application submission instructions.

Honors Program Application


The central and foundational mission of the Mandel Honors College is to better serve the educational needs of academically talented and highly motivated students. The college serves a diverse group of students from a full range of backgrounds. Each year the University Honors Program accepts a very limited number of current college sophomores to join the academic program. Approximately 20 college juniors enter the program each fall and are awarded a $5000 scholarship and expected to complete Honors level coursework. College sophomore applicants should apply in spring semester of their sophomore year of college (applicants should be in a position to complete their college degree in approximately two academic years).  
Deadline for submission of Honors Program application for college sophomores is February 28th.

To apply, students must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1.  cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above in all college-level coursework, AND
  2. A rigorous curriculum overall in the major, AND
  3. Commitment to completing honors work in the major, AND
  4. Completion of 60 earned semester hours by the end of the semester in which the student is applying, AND
  5. Completion of most general education requirements by the end of the semester in which the student is applying.

** Applicants to the Mandel Honors College must be pursuing their first Bachelor's degree.  Students who already hold a Bachelor's degree are ineligible for consideration.

For more information and a complete list of required application materials, please visit:

Communicate Your Value

It is impossible to complete college without acquiring "transferable skills." Transferable skills are the abilities and expertise that you have developed through your coursework, extracurricular activities, and life experiences. But how do you showcase those skills to employers?

The CLASS website offers information for each major on how to highlight the skills you have learned, as well as helping you identify the skills you have acquired through CSU courses

Employers look for employees with these abilities. Start identifying your skills and you will discover you have more to offer than you realize!

For more information about transferable skills and their importance for employment, visit

For help with resume writing and career services, visit

Student Success Story—Evelyn Richardson

Determination and Perseverance Pays Off for Senior Criminology Major

RichardsonEvelyn Richardson, a senior criminology major and returning adult student, is a perfect example of just how far determination, perseverance, and hard work can take you. As a young teen, Ms. Richardson made many decisions that led her down the wrong path. Because of those decisions, her life was full of struggles and challenges. While she graduated on time from high school in the early 2000's, she had no plans beyond that. And, even though her mother always told her that education was the "path to freedom," Ms. Richardson refused to listen and continued on her downward spiral. In addition, she was a single mother of two and worked minimum wage jobs to support herself and her children. One day, Ms. Richardson had a wake-up call and finally realized that she was "wasting time and [her] life." Her mother's words stuck in her head, and she finally realized that the only way out of her current situation was education. She wanted to be a good role model for her children, and she wanted to provide them and herself with a better life.

From that moment on, Ms. Richardson was unstoppable. She earned an Associate of Arts degree from Tri-C in 2015. She is currently in her last semester at CSU and will be earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology at the end of this semester. Once she graduates, the next step in her plan is to earn a Master's degree in criminology so that she can help other young women "see their true selves and potential, so they can overcome the barriers in society and achieve their goals."

While she is definitely focused and determined, Ms. Richardson still struggles daily to provide basic necessities for herself and her children. She regularly makes decisions on the basics of life: Should she spend her last few dollars to feed her children, or should she use the money to put gas in her car to get to work and school? Of course, every single time she chooses to feed her children, but these are the type of struggles she faces daily, in addition to writing papers, taking tests, keeping her grade point average up, and dealing head-on with the other challenges typically faced by college students.

Ms. Richardson is the spring 2017 recipient of the Crossing the Finish Line Returning Adult Scholarship. Thanks to the College's generous donors, Ms. Richardson's burdens will be a little bit lighter as she finishes her last semester as an undergraduate at CSU. She is truly "crossing the finish line" on this chapter of her life. The College is proud to count her as one of its students!


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