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From the dean's desk

As the new dean of UW-Madison's College of Letters & Science, I am delighted to introduce myself and share with you some of the many reasons I am honored and excited to serve the college.

As an economist, I have devoted my scholarly career to studying the ways in which human beings respond to the world's complexity. We are increasingly interconnected through technology and economic growth. I believe our students must graduate as engaged global citizens in order to successfully navigate through work and life.

The Center for Law, Society, and Justice is critical in this effort. In addition to housing the university's legal studies major, the center runs the Criminal Justice Certificate Program, one of the largest and oldest certificate programs at UW-Madison. The certificate program's internship experience, which is now offered during the academic year as well as in the summer, connects students with the community so they can carry out the Wisconsin Idea.

I want to personally thank outgoing center director Howard Erlanger for his service and welcome new director Michael Massoglia. Over the past six years, Howard has sharpened the legal studies and criminal justice curricula, helped expand course offerings, and fostered a collegial and collaborative environment. I know Michael will continue Howard's good work.

As alumni, you have many reasons to be proud and to continue your support of the Center for Law, Society, and Justice. Perhaps the most valuable skill a liberal arts graduate can bring to our knowledge-based economy is the passion to keep learning. The center fosters curiosity and creativity in unique and innovative ways, strengthening campus and the community at large and preparing students to become active and involved members of society.

Please stay in touch with your alma mater. I welcome your feedback and appreciate all that you do for the university.

Thank you and On, Wisconsin!
John Karl Scholz
Dean, College of Letters & Science
Professor of Economics
dean@ls.wisc.edu