Dear HES Family and Friends,
I am exceptionally proud of how our HES community has responded to the many challenges we have endured during 2020. Our faculty, staff, and especially our students never lost sight of the fact that the College of Human Environmental Sciences makes a difference in ways that matter to everyone, every day.
We kicked off a series of virtual scholarship celebrations to highlight our accomplished students and generous donors starting last week on Giving Tuesday. We invite you to visit the HES Facebook page and HES website to view the college-wide and five departmental videos, which feature greetings from our dedicated department chairs.
To all of our scholarship recipients, I say congratulations on your scholastic achievements! You are the next generation of workers and scholars who will help tackle everyday challenges for individuals, families, and communities. We are so proud of you!
To all of our donors, I share our deep appreciation for your generosity and investments in the lives of our students. Without you, these scholarships would not be possible. And, some of our recipients’ educational opportunities would not be possible. I know our HES Students thank you too! Cheers to all of you!
To give you an idea of how impactful your contributions are: a gift to the HES Dean’s Fund for Excellence, the HES Scholarship Fund, or any of our named scholarship funds provides HES Leadership the ability to meet the continuously changing educational environment for our students during these uncertain times. Situations our students have faced this year include the loss of a parent’s job or a student’s job, which have resulted in tough decisions about staying in school or paying rent. With your support, we can assist with these unexpected student needs through scholarships. Your private support has also provided opportunities for professional development, research training, and internship expenses for our undergraduate and graduate students this year. We are grateful to be able to provide these experiences to our students.
There is no doubt that 2021 will bring a new host of financial challenges for our students as the impacts of the pandemic continue to unfold. We appreciate any gift large or small to our scholarship funds so that we can continue to support our students on their journey to careers that make a difference in ways that matter to everyone, every day.
Our students are the reason we are here. Our alumni and donors make it all possible. We are proud and grateful.
Brenda J. Lohman, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, College of Human Environmental Sciences