After dinner we had a brief program to review the founding of the department by Dr. John (Jack) Storlie (Prof. of Chemistry) and its evolution over the last 5 decades. The program presented the current state of the department, its programs and students and new opportunities for growth. Most importantly, we thanked the friends of the department who have supported us through scholarships and funding for the Distinguished Lecturer Series in Computer Science over many years. We also aknowledged the influence of our many students. While professors believe that programs are shaped by the efforts of many generations of faculty, we also are aware that we are, in turn, shaped by our students.
A video overview of the 5 decade history of the department, composed by Anne Drewes, can be found here.