The Dec. 1 deadline to submit proposals for the 2015-16 academic year Common Theme is nearing, and the committee wants to hear from you. This year, they’re particularly interested in a theme that will help the University celebrate “50 Years of Excellence.” The theme should lend itself to interdisciplinary analysis and conversation; be of high academic caliber and conducive to scholarly dialogue; should lend itself to collaborative links across the campus (student affairs, academic affairs and community engagement); and be accessible, yet potentially engaging, for students and the community. You can find past Common Theme topics on the Common Theme website. Proposals are due on or before Monday, Dec. 1, and should be submitted to Donna Ritch, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. If you have any questions regarding the Common Theme proposals, please contact Ritch or Dean of Students Brenda Amenson-Hill.