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A little over a year ago, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences committed itself to a number of new strategic initiatives that would reflect our commitment to enhance and enrich the academic quality of the student experience within the College. In league with the University’s Vision Twenty12 Strategic Plan, these initiatives were particularly aimed at improving upon the existing programs in the College and augmenting the opportunities for students to reach the very highest academic and career goals that they were capable of achieving.

Chief among those was the initiative that we labeled “Students Creating Knowledge” – a set of strategies that would encourage students to become actively engaged in creating scholarship and research. Our goal was to empower students from all academic fields and disciplines to be better prepared to consider future careers that reflect the highest pursuits of a knowledgeable, experienced, and creative mind. The College charged a task force – aptly called the Task Force on “Students Creating Knowledge” – to find various means and methods of realizing these important aims and objectives.

I am extremely pleased that the Task Force, led by Professor Ralph Erber, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has brought to fruition a most worthy embodiment of our goals, aims and commitments – this student journal of scholarship and research. By sponsoring the publication of what we hope will be an annual showcase of student work, we aim to encourage students across the College and the University to understand that leadership within their disciplines requires them to not only be familiar with the knowledge base of the discipline, but to have the experience of being actively engaged in understanding how knowledge, creative work, and/or scientific discoveries are created through scholarship.

I want to congratulate, first and foremost, the many student scholars whose work is featured in this journal. I also want to thank the students and faculty who helped make this publication possible – those who served on the editorial board that shaped this journal and who reviewed the many submissions of student work. In accomplishing this task all of you have participated in what is the heart of scholarship – the contributions to enabling and sustaining an intellectual community – one which we hope will lead you to make similar contributions beyond the College and DePaul University. To one and all, my most sincere congratulations and gratitude.

Chuck Suchar


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Arts and Humanities | Classics | Creative Writing | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Creating Knowledge, volume 1, 2008