Looking inside any thriving institution can be a challenge. Like a corporation, hospital or government agency, a college—even one with the intimate feel and communal bonds of Elizabethtown—is a complex place. We reach out through our website, email, social media, Homecoming and numerous other ways to communicate how we work with students in ways that make the College a special place to learn and grow. Thanks to Alumni Relations, I have enjoyed updating graduates about the College at “Celebrate E-town” events across the mid-Atlantic region. “Inside E-town” is another new way for us to tell our story. During a day-and-a-half event on campus, guests attend classes, take special tours and hear about the College’s strengths and opportunities.
Elizabethtown College has accomplished a great deal in achieving its goals during the first year of our new Strategic Plan. The Office of Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships will help us win more grants and contracts. The Prestigious Scholarships Program is assisting students as they apply for major fellowships such as Fulbright, Gates, Marshall, Rhodes and Truman. New enrollment plans will guide the traditional campus and the newly renamed School for Continuing and Professional Studies. We have merged three academic programs into an exciting Department of Politics, Philosophy and Legal Studies. Plans are underway to give the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies and High Library climate-controlled archival space and expand the Young Center’s outreach. “Real-world Learning” will give every traditional student the opportunity to deepen his or her education through hands-on learning and expand it through combining classroom study with off-campus practical experience. Elizabethtown College seeks to serve the broader community, in the most effective way possible, as a nationally recognized liberal arts institution.
Please share your questions, thoughts, ideas and suggestions about our progress, and join us at “Celebrate E-town,” “Inside E-town,” Homecoming or other campus events. We want you to experience the inside story of a great institution.
Carl J. Strikwerda
President, Elizabethtown College