Elizabethtown College Online Magazine

Leaps Ahead

Posted by in Dell & World, Fall 2015, The World | 0 comments

Elizabethtown is one of eight colleges invited to participate in the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Signature Learning/Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) Challenge. The two-year program focuses on integrative learning, signature work and culminating experiences. LEAP is the next frontier in AAC&U’s ongoing educational change initiative, which calls for all college students to integrate and apply their learning to complex problems and projects. Elizabethtown, already ahead of the game with our Signature Learning Experiences (SLEs), offers a LEAP team composed of Kristi Kneas, associate professor of chemistry; Kyle Kopko, assistant professor of political science; Michele Kozimor-King, associate professor of sociology and Betty Rider, associate provost, associate academic dean and registrar. “Elizabethtown was included because of the great progress we have made with the SLE,” said Rider. “We have really made a strong effort to get real-world...

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Frank Fox on Giving Back, Near and Far

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He’s the “Fox,” his granddaughter’s husband is the “Aussie” and together the three of them have brought a unique dining experience to downtown Lancaster by way of “Aussie and the Fox.” Outside of Franklin Fox’s passion for connecting with his guests, Frank also has connected with Elizabethtown as one of our newest members of the Board of Trustees. An engineer and former executive at Armstrong World Industries, Frank has deep roots in the Church of the Brethren, a passion for service and a head for business, all of which make him an inspired addition to the Board. He is active in supporting Hiinga (hiinga.org), a sustainable agriculture initiative in Uganda, as its board chairman and treasurer. He also is a member of the board of the Lancaster Science Factory. He reiterates that “retirement is really repurposing one’s self for...

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College Recognized For Supporting Early Childhood Literacy

Posted by in Dell & World, Spring 2015, The World | 0 comments

On March 3, members of the Elizabethtown College community participated in the Harrisburg-based 500 Men Reading Week, an American Literacy Corp. event in which hundreds of men from the region take to local libraries and classrooms, armed with age-appropriate books, to read to children. At the opening program, David  Stewart, associate director of admissions, accepted an award, on behalf of the  College, honoring Elizabethtown for its continued sponsorship and support. Stewart said the College, a sponsor since 2013, has participated in the event since its inception in 2001, when it was still the 100 Men Reading Week. “For me, for the College to support this event, shows our commitment to education, even beyond the secondary ed, which we tend to look toward,” explained Stewart. “The significance of reading at the elementary level is important 18 to 20 years later—and...

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Lives of Service – James Buford ’80

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JAMES BUFORD ‘80 – CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER AND COMMUNITY SERVANT James Buford’s grandmother told him he was going to be somebody one day. She didn’t say who. She didn’t give a road map. His grandparents relocated from the rural Mississippi delta to urban St. Louis, Missouri. Buford said that many people who moved north during that time wanted to forget why they left, but not his grandmother. “She made sure we understood,” he said. Each summer, as a young boy, he joined her on trips to the south, where she would explain Jim Crow laws and point out separate water fountains and bathrooms. “She would tell me, ‘Jimmy, you’ve got to get as much education as you can.’ She planted the seed,” Buford said. “In a lot of black families, that doesn’t happen.” A good home and positive male role...

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Liberian Ambassador Talks Education, EBOLA at Elizabethtown

Posted by in Dell & World, The World, Winter 2015 | 0 comments

Created with flickr slideshow. On Wednesday, Oct. 29, Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, Liberia’s ambassador to the United States, visited Elizabethtown College as a part of his travels in Lancaster County. Ambassador Sulunteh spoke to the local media at a press conference, held at the College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and  Pietist Studies, before heading to the James B. Hoover Center for Business to address a crowd of students, faculty and staff members and residents from the region. During the media talk, Ambassador Sulunteh proclaimed that part of his appeal to U.S. citizens, in speaking to communities such as Elizabethtown, is “not to stigmatize the people of our country.” “Let us isolate Ebola. Don’t isolate our countries,” he said. “We don’t think that Ebola should define us. I am Jeremiah. I am not Ebola.” The Ambassador added that Ebola should be...

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Passport Not Always Needed to Experience New Culture

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Isiah Farrow ’16 was experiencing something so profound he almost changed his major. In spring 2014, Farrow worked a week at Thistle Farms, a nonprofit social enterprise in Nashville, Tenn., that provides free long-term housing, recovery services and counseling to former prostitutes. The end goal for these women is financial independence and recovery from drugs and alcohol. Along the way, they learn important business practices and gain work experience. Also in Tennessee, Farrow toured the underbelly of Nashville—areas where the city’s homeless have found a ‘home’. Though he was in his own country, the culture he experienced was quite unique. He saw how the downtrodden live and learned of their hardships. He discovered that they must literally carry all of their belongings or they will not be there when they return. These new cross-cultural experience gave Farrow pause for...

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Lives of Service – Cory Loudenslager

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GETTING HER HANDS DIRTY IN GHANA Cory Loudenslager ’98 wasn’t particular about her Peace Corps placement when she signed up in 2011. “I just wanted to get my hands dirty,” the Elizabethtown College alumna said. “I was a lawyer for 11 years. … I went to law school to help people; I wasn’t really helping.” Loudenslager, assigned to West Africa, helps many people now. And her assistance is widely appreciated. As a matter of fact, she extended her original 27-month commitment in the Republic of Ghana by six months and was promoted to volunteer leader. She will remain in this mostly primitive place until May 2015. “They were going to put me in business development,” she said of her original assignment. “But, at the time, there was a lack of agricultural workers.” So, instead, she helped Africans develop gardening skills...

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Global Impact: Students Sing and Serve Abroad

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Children, desperate for love and compassion and hungry for music, were given food and living supplies and were able to quench their musical desires this summer. Traveling to Vietnam and Brazil, E-town College students, faculty and staff members participated in service trips—impacting the world through music and hope. Vietnam “When you reach across the world, the world becomes a bit smaller,” said Dr. Peggy McFarland, who led the College’s fourth, three-week trip to Vietnam. This year, students and community members raised more than $30,000 toward supplies for Brittany’s Hope—a foundation that supports orphanages and underserved children throughout the world. The group traveled across north, south and central Vietnam, visiting orphanages providing supplies and interacting with the children. “We connected with the kids so quickly—even if we were there for a day and couldn’t speak the language. A smile or...

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(Ful)Bright Futures

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The College’s relationship with the esteemed Fulbright program continued into the 2012-2013 academic year. The Department of Religious Studies hosted a visiting scholar from India and, with the establishment of the Office of Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships, two recent graduates will embark on a year-long journey through Fulbright’s student program. Visiting Fulbright Scholar Bhattacharya A connection in Calcutta. That’s what led Sanusri Bhattacharya to Elizabethtown. In January 2012, she met Dr. Jeffery Long, Religious Studies, after a presentation he gave in India. The two stayed in touch and, a year later, the Fulbright scholar spent the spring 2013 semester at the College presenting in Long’s classes and working on research. Sanusri’s research interest is in contemporary issues in Janism. She believes the ideals of Janism—non-violence, pluralism and non-possessiveness—to be universal, and not all that different than those of the...

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Coming Full Circle: A Student Reflection of Service-Learning

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A year ago I sat in Leffler Chapel and Performance Center listening to the Rev. Becca Stevens talk about the prostitution and addiction she witnessed on the streets of Nashville, Tenn., and how she was working to combat the issue through two programs: Magdalene, a residential treatment program for survivors of addiction, human trafficking and prostitution, and Thistle Farms, a social enterprise run by (and for) the women of Magdalene. My professor recommended I attend Stevens’ talk, but I did not anticipate becoming so inspired. I left Leffler that day determined to make my way to Nashville to see Becca, Magdalene and Thistle Farms. A year later, there I was. A group of us was crowded into two minivans, excited to meet those who had visited us, excited to spend our spring break volunteering, having fun and, most importantly,...

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