Message from the Dean

Changing Perspectives:
We Remain True to Our Mission

John Leyba

Yes, for all of us, our 2020 perspectives have changed. We are learning to live with a myriad of new words like pivot, hybrid, remote, mask, and social distancing. Clearly, students from the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) are not letting COVID-19 stop their quest for a great education, research and opportunities that will move them closer to graduate school, professional school  or great careers. For our students faculty and staff, the pivots we must make are unfamiliar, but the momentum continues.

Our perspectives and how we interact with our world are changing and our faculty continue to amaze me every day. After 10 months into this world-wide pandemic, our dedicated faculty continue to teach, research, publish and mentor their students, while taking care of themselves and their families. We continue to remain true to our mission, which states, in part, that UNG “… provides a culture of academic excellence in a student-focused environment that includes quality education, service, research and creativity.”

Kudos to our students, many of whom have jobs, families and children learning from home, all while excelling in their own rigorous academic program.

In this edition of MOMENTUM, we’re highlighting the department of biology and its talented faculty, staff, and students. We’re also sharing news of successful biology alumni, donors who make a difference and our valued corporate partners, Boehringer Ingelheim and several poultry companies.

Read on to see the many ways we partner with our communities. Active involvement of our business and civic community is essential to our mission. Likewise, active involvement of our alumni and donors is critical to strengthen our academic programs and support the intellectual inquiry for which UNG is so well known.

Yes, there IS remarkable achievement happening here and we are committed to sharing our CSM story more broadly. We invite you to follow UNG’s Newsroom and UNG Magazine, and the College’s Facebook and Instagram sites. Aswe move into the New Year, we invite you to become more connected with us – speak to a class about your career, host an internship, serve on a the CSM board and more. Please drop me an email and let me know how you’d like to be involved. Thank you.

Stay safe, stay well,

John Leyba, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Science & Mathematics