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From the Dean

Dear Alumni and Friends,

On July 1, 2011, the School of Applied Sciences will be 10 years old. During these years, you have generously and consistently supported our many initiatives, and your support and encouragement have enabled remarkable growth and development. For this support, the students, faculty and staff of the school are extremely thankful.

Within the university confines, the success of an academic unit is often measured in student enrollment and growth. Over the past 10 years, our school has grown in undergraduate enrollment to more than 2,000 students. We have initiated new graduate programs in social work, criminal justice and food and nutrition services while continuing to develop our graduate programs in speech-language pathology, exercise science, park and recreation management, and health promotion. We have established the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies and now shelter the National Food Service Management Institute. We also house the Speech and Hearing Clinic, Lenoir Dining and the Center for Health Behavior Research. In 10 years, the School of Applied Sciences has emerged as one of the most innovative and forward-thinking academic units on the Ole Miss campus.

We also have excelled outside the classroom. Our professional programs integrate science-based knowledge, clinical-based skills and community-based service. It is within our school where human sciences and service intersect to improve society's well-being.

During these 10 years, our professors and students have been engaged in many research and service projects such as Katrina Recovery, Safe Routes to Schools, Eating Good and Moving Like We Should, Chef to Schools, Special Olympics, FBI Command College, Days of Intrigue, Ole Miss Handband, Eldercare, San Mateo Recovery, Senior Aquatics and Efficacy of Abstinence Education. We have served our professional organizations at both the state and national levels, and we have been singled out at the international level as professional experts and consultants. Each of these achievements contributes to a healthier, safer and more compassionate society. The School of Applied Sciences grants degrees of difference to those who will make a difference. Let us celebrate 10 years of success as we prepare to meet the challenges and opportunities of a new decade.

As you may know, this is my last year to serve as dean of the School of Applied Sciences. In August I will return to the Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management as a full-time faculty member. I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to help develop the school and for the high honor of serving as dean during these formative years. I look forward to being a part of the Ole Miss family and the School of Applied Sciences for many years.

Thank you,
Linda Chitwood, Dean

Dean Linda Chitwood
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