Greetings!

As the fall 2012 semester unfolds in the Bayer School, I want to take this opportunity to convey our appreciation for the enthusiasm with which our new electronic version of Spectrum has been received.

Unfortunately, with this issue we include the news of the sudden loss of a close friend and colleague, Dr. Mary Alleman, who passed away this summer following a valiant battle with cancer. Mary will be greatly missed, but at the same time, we know that Mary's passion would be to ensure that all of us press ever forward with our student-centered mission.

This fall, we welcomed the second largest class of freshmen and transfer students, numbering almost 200, in the Bayer School's history. A number of laboratory renovations are continuing in an effort to accommodate the significant increases in the numbers of undergraduate students majoring in the sciences at Duquesne.

In late September, we held our fourth annual BSNES Alumni Breakfast during Homecoming weekend, welcoming back to campus the largest turnout of alumni we have experienced to date. For me, the great gratification in these events is to see our former students and to learn first-hand the amazing accomplishments they are achieving in their careers.

As a result of the breakfast, we now have an enthusiastic core group of our alumni who have offered to form an initial steering committee to help establish the elements of a new Bayer School Alumni Organization! You may be hearing from this group as they formulate their plans to found the organization and as they reach out to solicit your voice in its formation.

We look forward to hosting additional alumni events this year to more fully engage all of you with the important mission of the Bayer School!

Sincerely,

Dr. David W. Seybert
Dean of the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

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