Arts and Sciences


This issue of Transformations is inspired by the Humans of New York project. Transformations is the annual magazine from the College of Arts and Sciences. While most of the articles are written by students, some are written by University Marketing and Communications Staff.

According to Brandon Stanton, founder, “Humans of New York began as a photography project in 2010. The initial goal was to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers on the street, and create an exhaustive catalogue of the city’s inhabitants.

“Somewhere along the way, I began to interview my subjects in addition to photographing them. And alongside their portraits, I’d include quotes and, later, stories from their lives.”

Just as Stanton collects photos and stories from people of New York, this issue of Transformations will tell stories from the lives of the people of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The stories are told in the voice and tone of the person telling his or her story. Students from MCOM 490 Senior Seminar, the capstone class for news-editorial journalism and agricultural communications majors, interviewed students, faculty members, alumni and friends of the college. The senior seminar students captured the stories and edited them for length and clarity as needed.

Most of the stories are fairly short, but a few of them go in depth. Sometimes there are several stories from different people addressing the same topic from their own, unique perspectives.We have grouped the stories loosely by schools or departments of the college referenced by the storyteller.

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