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A Letter from Dean Kase

Dean Robert Kase
October 1, 2017

UMD is such a magical place with so much to see, do, and you and your family are a big part of it.  I know first-hand what this school means both having been a student and a parent of a student at UMD.  

UMD is such a magical place with so much to see, do, and you and your family are a big part of it.  I know first-hand what this school means both having been a student and a parent of a student at UMD.   You see, I was a graduate of UMD many decades ago, and my love for this University must have been contagious because my daughter also graduated with three degrees from UMD and shares that same magical attraction for this school.  Now, after a lifetime of wonderful experiences all over the world, I have returned to this prestigious academy as Dean of the School of Fine Arts, and I can still feel that magical energy that permeates the halls of UMD.  Just visiting this place, it is easy to see why so many people understand the true treasure that is UMD.

 

We could say it is that beautiful Lake Superior that has us so enamored, or the breath-taking performances by our many musical ensembles, or the numerous theatrical presentations that hold us enthralled.  Some may say it is the truly creative and inspiring Art Exhibits, the Tweed Gallery, or the amazingly ethereal Glensheen Estate, the life changing educational experience in the UMD Arts Academy, or the beautiful campus, lively student life, abundant athletic events, or maybe that one never has to go outside to move from class to class in the winter.  But, if you really listen to our students, alumni, and supporters, they will tell you the true treasure that is UMD are the incredible faculty and staff that provide excellence in their Higher Education experience.  Yes, it is people that create the magic that is UMD, and now you are part of it.

 

Excellent facilities, comfortable classrooms, dorms, events, programs of study and more all play an important part in our student’s lives, but nothing is more important or impactful than the relationships experienced here at UMD.  It is the people at UMD that make the true difference in our life choices, personal and professional growth, education, view of the world, and who we are.  I am delighted that your family chose UMD for their higher education experience.

 

It was at UMD that I first had that transformative journey that guided my life, and I have spoken with so many others that share that exact same aesthetic experience.  Here is where you will find people that will take that natural curiosity and provide that opportunity to explore the world.  They will help your UMD explorer to discover things about themselves and the world around them that they never imagined.  They will not only learn a great deal in class, but they will discover so many new things and will share those discoveries with others, and will find a passion for learning that will spark new ones that will lead to a life of fulfillment.  It  will nurture them, prepare them for a career, and influence them the rest of their lives.

 

So, welcome to UMD, the place of heart, fulfillment, enrichment, spirit, enlightenment, growth, challenge, and so much more.  Remember UMD is all about doing, so we welcome you to reach out and discover all we have to offer and thank you for being such an important part of this magical journey.

Robert Kase, Dean

School of Fine Arts, UMD