Message from the Assistant Dean

Esrold A. Nurse, Assistant Dean of Student Academic Affairs

1/23/09 Associate Dean Esrold Nurse portraits at Angell Hall.

Greetings from the Assistant Dean

Welcome to the diverse and exciting world of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Each student entering the College is beginning a journey of unprecedented opportunity. From quantitative reasoning to argumentative writing skills to the study of race and ethnicity, from courses in western and non-western cultures to evolutionary anthropology, neuroscience, economics, and astronomy, from learning a second (or third) language to study abroad, from internships to service-learning opportunities, the College of LSA offers you a wide range of experiences to help you understand, prepare for, and learn to lead in the world around us.

Whether you are about to embark on your journey or are now catching sight of your final port, let me invite you to take full advantage of the many services, resources, and opportunities offered by the College, both academic and otherwise. Although the myriad choices available to you can be overwhelming and confusing, advisors throughout the College can help guide your successful navigation. Advisors encourage and nurture your active participation in the pursuit of your academic goals and aspirations. Some of you will be connected with the Comprehensive Studies Program, Honors Program, or Residential College, each of which provides academic advising, guidance, support, and an array of courses for its students. Many of you will participate in one of the Michigan Learning Communities, which provide experiences around a specific academic theme. As students in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, most of you will receive academic advising in the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center. The Advising Center is home for all of your advising needs and serves as a pivotal link to academic information and programs that will help inform and shape your academic plans. We are here to support your intellectual and personal development.

You should routinely engage your academic advisor to help you identify academic and extra -curricular options that will help you in reaching your future goals. There are opportunities to take courses, and complete minors, not only in LSA, but in the other schools and colleges at the University. In addition, you can participate in research through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program; complete a summer internship and or study abroad program. We all are intent on making your student learning experience the most challenging, exciting, and rewarding one it can be, and that you graduate from the University of Michigan as an engaged learner fully prepared to make a significant contribution to shaping and improving the world in which we live.

As a student in LSA you are accountable for your choices. Be an informed decision maker. Act with integrity. Think about your educational choices. Read this Bulletin. Visit our Website. Talk with faculty. Read the LSA Course Guide. Visit the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center. Seek assistance as you proceed. And whether the waters that you face seem rough or smooth, return as often as you like. By your active involvement you will grow to understand the true meaning of a liberal arts education and prepare yourself for the many opportunities and challenges that you will face in the future.

We look forward to engaging your own ideas and thoughts as you join our community of scholars. Welcome to the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Esrold A. Nurse

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education
Executive Director of the Newnan LSA Advising Center

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