Lynn Bennett is a welcome addition to the Department as our full-time secretary. Ms. Bennett came to us in fall 2008 from the Exceptional Education Department. She has extensive experience working in the Registrar’s Office at SUNY Buffalo and in various offices withinin the Grand Island Central School District. She is newly located in Bishop Hall 231.
The Philosophy and Humanities Department office has moved to Bishop Hall 231.
As of fall 2009, the department is phasing out the humanities major. If current humanities majors have any questions, they are encouraged to contact department chair, Dr. Blessing, or Dr. Draeger, assistant professor of Philosophy.
Starting fall 2009, students with 18 PHI credit hours will be eligible for a new minor in philosophy. More details concerning this exciting development will be made available soon. In the meantime, students who are interested should contact either Lynn Bennett or Dr. Blessing for further information.
New exciting course offerings include Dr. Cole’s PHI 107 Introduction to Mathematical Logic (Spring 2010) which will help students satisfy a general education mathematics requirement, and his Ethics Bowl (Fall 2009) will count for oral communication as well as offer students the opportunity to compete in regional and national debate competitions. Dr. Grinnell’s PHI 347 Homer to Alexander (Spring 2010) will allow non-majors to study ancient philosophy, leaving our majors to fill his PHI 317. We’ve also retired some old courses in Critical Thinking, Philosophy of Human Nature, American Philosophy, Moral Issues, Friendship, and Business Ethics.
Congratulations to Dr. Draeger who, on August 1, 2009, became the coordinator for the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning’s (CASTL) Campus Program.
Dr. Hole, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, will be chair of two departments, Fine Arts and Design, beginning fall 2009.
Dr. Ferguson will be enjoying a well-deserved sabbatical Spring 2010.
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