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Checking in With Dean Forbes - October 2019

I can no longer be in denial - summer is over! Crowded Connector buses, students studying before class, and seminar flyers lining the halls are sure signs that fall semester is in full swing. It’s a busy time for all. While I know our to-do lists are overflowing this time of year, I hope you will all take a few minutes to participate in the forthcoming Employee Engagement Survey. 

You will receive an email October 14 inviting you to share your feedback with the College, and I encourage you to do so. The survey provides valuable insights into what’s working well and where there’s room for improvement. I encourage you to share your thoughts in the interest of making CBS the best it can be.

October also marks the start of the Community Fund Drive. The drive is a great way to support causes you care about, and it’s easy to do through payroll deduction or a one-time gift. By now, you’ve all received an email announcing the start of the drive along with an invitation to participate in the Great CBS Bake-Off Competition. It’s a fun way to get involved and, of course, partake in some excellent baked goods. Contact Kalli Binkowski ( for details.

Our Petri Dish conversation series returned this week with a conversation about synthetic biology and another to follow in November about biodiversity loss. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about how biology affects us every day.

This year I’ve had the opportunity to interact with over half of our incoming freshman through our Nature of Life orientation program, currently serve as the faculty advisor for the Biology Colloquium, and am in regular contact with our CBS Student Board members. These interactions have been both delightful and help me get a first-hand sense of the CBS student experience and the priorities and concerns that our students face. Please don’t hesitate to stop for a chat when you see me around campus.   

October, 2019