Welcome to spring 2020 semester. at the College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences (CHESS). Speaking on behalf of the college, I hope that you had a wonderful break. We, the faculty, staff, and administrators, are thrilled that you are back on campus.
As I mentioned in my fall welcome letter, CHESS is the heart of Purdue University Northwest. As a PNW CHESS student, you will be prepared for life beyond the classroom. Here, you will gain a broader understanding of the world by engaging in it. You’ll become an accomplished leader by respecting different ideas and approaches. Your experiences inside and outside the classroom will transform you into a civic-minded professional ready to impact the world, the state, your workplace, and community.
On campus, we have many people who are here to aid you in your success. As a liberal arts major, I know the benefits of a degree in humanities, education, and social sciences. Graduates in the liberal arts go on to be artists, teachers, librarians, journalists, small business owners, lawyers, city planners, politicians, judges, business professionals, medical professionals, social workers, FBI agents, district attorneys, mayors, and countless other professions.
To be successful, I recommend that you do a few things. Visit your advisor, drop in on your professors’ office hours, and attend events. The professors, advisors, staff, and the chairs and director of your departments are here to assist you. Be sure to make appointments, attend office hours, or stop by to introduce yourselves to your professors. We, in the dean’s office, are also able to answer any questions. Feel free to drop by CLO 152 or TECH 341.
PNW and CHESS have many free initiatives to help you reach your professional goals. This semester, CHESS will continue to host Career Closet pop up events on both campuses. Stop by for any of your professional clothing needs for job interviews, internships, and the work week.
Also, sign up for Handshake to find an internship or begin your job search. I also suggest making an appointment at the Career Center for help with Handshake, resume review, interview preparation, and job search strategies. Even if you are a freshman, it is important to start thinking about your future profession or graduate school. The Center has drop in hours from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Monday through Thursday.
For the third year in a row the college is seeking submissions for its annual Building Community Through the Arts Black History Month Poetry Slam. Artists should submit original pieces by February 8, 2020 to pnw.edu/bcta be included in the program. The 2020 poetry slam will take place at the PNW CHESS Art Gallery at 7011 Indianapolis Blvd. on February 13, 2020 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Doors open at 4:00 PM. Chicago Rapper and Poet “The Third” will perform and serve as guest judge. Heavy refreshments will be provided along with giveaways to attendees. Cash prizes will be awarded to top performers. This event is free and open to the public.
Lastly, we are looking for students to join the Student Advisory Board. Consider applying to make your mark on the college. This semester, SAB will host its inaugural Invited Faculty Speaker Series with Dr. Robert Hallock. The event will take place on January 30, 2020 at 11:00 AM in the PNW CHESS Art Gallery at 7011 Indianapolis Blvd. Dr. Hallock will answer questions from student advisory board members about his research and passion for the field of Neuroscience and Psychology, as well as questions about graduate school and his career path. For continued updates, please check the CHESS calendar.
For more information about the amazing CHESS faculty and students, please see our newsletter Smart Moves. You can find us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn by using @pnwchess or by clicking the icons below. Feel free to also watch the PNW CHESS YouTube channel.
I hope you have a wonderful semester, and I look forward to seeing you at all the PNW and CHESS events and in the halls of Purdue University Northwest.
Dr. Elaine Carey
Dean of the College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences