CSUF College of the Arts: A Message From the Dean

Welcome to our College of the Arts blog where news and activities will be shared on a weekly basis! We look forward to sharing everything we do here at the Cal State Fullerton and hope you will join us for performances and exhibitions prepared by our students and faculty!

With the 2016-2017 academic year coming up in a week, here is a message from our Dean, Dale A. Merrill:

Dale Merrill, dean of arts.
Dale Merrill, Dean of Arts.

“Titan’s reach higher” is a familiar phrase used here at Cal State Fullerton. Hearing this phrase as often as I do has caused me to reflect on what it means for the College of the Arts. For our faculty, it means creating a strong community of artists and scholars from distinctive, dynamic disciplines who enable challenging discourse and thought-provoking ideas. For our students, it means engaging in areas of study that encourage their full potential as artists in an atmosphere that combines scholarship, creativity, free expression, and intellectual curiosity. And for our wider community, this phrase has come to mean high-quality live performances and gallery exhibitions that continue to flourish and garner recognition.

With the phrase “Titan’s reach higher,” I am reminded that the “Titans” are our students, who represent the diversity, talent, and scope of the arts. Students choose the College of the Arts because they want to study with faculty who are innovators and leaders in their field. Once here, they have the opportunity to study, rehearse, collaborate, and perform in the state-of-the-art Clayes Performing Arts Center and show their work in numerous galleries on- and off-campus. As you become familiar with our college and its programs you will discover, as I have, the vast contribution our students are making as visual artists, commercial artists, performing artists, and educators in the arts.

At Cal State Fullerton, learning changes lives. In the College of the Arts, faculty and students consistently strive to “reach higher” and achieve the impossible. This endless drive for excellence sustains Cal State Fullerton’s goal of becoming a model comprehensive university.

Whether you are a current student, future student, alum, family member, friend, or valued arts patron, I look forward to seeing you on campus and sharing with you all that our “Titan Family” is achieving.


Dale Merrill signature
Dale A. Merrill, Dean


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