Today is the first official day for incoming students to move in, and also the first day of school for Indiana University’s new Dean of Students. Harold “Pete” Goldsmith is not completely new to IU, but his new role as Dean of Students puts him in a different position — one that predecessor Dick McKaig held for almost four decades. Goldsmith attended IU himself and says he has a new vision for current IU students, one he believes every student is capable of achieving.
“Part of the whole recruitment process for me, was this emphasis on the undergraduate learning experience,” says Goldsmith. “In trying to integrate the students’ experience at IU, in and out of the classroom, to total an experience that’s World Class.”
One of those new students is Nathan Samano, whose family helped him move from home in northwest Indiana, leaving at 2:00 a.m. to arrive in Bloomington early. Nathan’s father Ben says IU was the right choice for his son, because of its ‘all inclusive’ education.
“An education is more than academics,” says Samano. “Also his exposure to different cultural things like art and music, will give him more of a well rounded education.”
Dean Goldsmith also took time to greet students and their parents, which Samano says is a nice touch. “I thought it was really nice. Many times when you go to a corporation you meet the people who are at the bottom of the charts. So this was something a little extra that doesn’t have to be done, but it makes you feel better knowing that you’re spending your money to send your child here, it gives an added personal touch.”
Dean Goldsmith says a 21st century education includes many different ways of learning, including using different forms of technologies and mastering both social and traditional learning styles. “My job is to help students who need support to provide opportunities for them to learn, and help folks try to make the most of their college experience.”
Goldsmith also adds the parents are a vital portion of the equation. “Part of what I’m trying to do is also reassure them that we’re going to pay attention. We’re going to take the best care we can of their student.”