Elizabethtown College Online Magazine

First and Best

Posted by in Carl's Corner, Fall 2015 | 0 comments

Our 112th Commencement ceremony this past May marked several significant firsts in the life of the College. Our first students graduated from the Momentum program. More than four years ago, the Momentum program was developed to help first-generation and other students facing challenges to thrive in college. Now, the inaugural class members have succeeded in reaching their goals of college degrees. In other “firsts,” our initial group of Stamps Leadership Scholars earned their diplomas. We were pleased to welcome Roe Stamps, founder of the Stamps Foundation and benefactor of the Stamps Leadership Scholars, as our Commencement speaker and awarded him an honorary doctorate. And, as I shook hands with the first class of students who spent their entire college experience with me as their president, I recalled that four short years ago, I too was a “first year,” experiencing...

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A Bigger Part of the World

Posted by in Carl's Corner, Spring 2015 | 0 comments

Over a celebrated 40-year career, Donald B. Kraybill—sociologist, former provost, and senior scholar at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies—has taught thousands of students, helped to guide the College and made the Young Center a global leader in scholarship and outreach on Anabaptist and Pietist groups. Upon his retirement this year, Elizabethtown College celebrates his gift of interpreting the Amish, Brethren and Mennonite communities to the wider world. Equally celebrated are his gifts of friendship to these communities in Lancaster County and internationally, mentorship to students and collaboration with faculty colleagues. Professor Kraybill exemplifies many of the qualities that make Elizabethtown College a special place: a deep commitment to integrating research into teaching, to service to the wider community and to involving students in real-world experiences. A new Gallup/Purdue study of 30,000 college graduates confirms the wisdom...

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Supersonic Idiots and Timeless Truths

Posted by in Carl's Corner, Winter 2015 | 0 comments

“Remember to write down the book’s complete call number on your 3-by-5 card, or you’ll end up having to look up the book all over again.” With this injunction from our professor, my fellow students and I trudged off to research our seminar papers, index cards in hand, ready to thumb through the library’s card catalog. Telling this story from the ‘70s to my students today, I might as well be regaling them with stories of medieval monks copying manuscripts with quill pens. Like my students, I rejoice in the power at one’s fingertips today. I long ago stopped writing outlines on transparencies for an overhead projector as presentations moved to the computer and online. Now, with innovations coming so fast, we need an IT specialist to teach faculty the latest developments. Our students often amaze us with their...

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Carl’s Corner: History Speaks

Posted by in Carl's Corner, Fall 2014 | 0 comments

If you could only pass along one keepsake, what would it be? Mine would be a chair, made by my great grandfather, as a wedding gift to my great  grandmother. It tells the story of their love but also of the hardworking, devout Dutch carpenters who immigrated to my hometown long ago and made it, for a time, into the furniture capital of the world. “History is who we are and why we are the way we are,” writes David McCullough. The buildings that we inhabit at Elizabethtown College tell stories, as well. Alumni have regaled me with stories of living in crowded quarters in Alpha Hall above the President’s office; of faculty members, decades ago, challenging them intellectually while the classrooms were under-heated in the winter; and of coaches patching equipment and uniforms together and still leading their teams to victories....

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Carl’s Corner: Winter 2014

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Growth and change are at the heart of a college. Elizabethtown College sees creating active learners as the core of its mission. Young people stretch their minds by reading challenging texts, wrestling to complete experiments and applying their learning in internships. Working adults expand their minds by balancing demanding jobs and challenging classes in our School for Continuing and Professional Studies. Senior members of our regional communities participate in the College’s Presidential Community Enrichment Series and Institute for Learning in Retirement. Yet, more than our minds must be stretched. As the sociologist Parker Palmer wrote, “Intellect, emotion and spirit depend on one another for wholeness. They are interwoven in the human self and in education at its best,…” Elizabethtown College educates the whole person. It shapes not only our intellect, but our bodies, as well—through service, participation on intramural and...

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Travels Far and Near

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The secret of a satisfying life is to have grown and learned. One of the best ways we do that is through travel—to celebrate milestones such as a wedding or anniversary, give ourselves a break from routine or reconnect with friends and family. My wife, Gail, and I enjoyed celebrating my son’s college graduation in Oregon in June. Travel also teaches us. We encounter other cultures, learn about the past or acquire fresh insights. This summer, the College’s men’s basketball team competed in the Czech Republic; our College Chorale and Jazz Band absorbed Brazil’s vibrant culture as they performed and took in the sights of beautiful Rio de Janeiro; and members of our social work and biology faculty helped students, staff members and friends of the College learn about the challenges of orphaned children in Vietnam. (You can read...

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Carl’s Corner: Inside Out – Spring 2013

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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...

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Something Old and Something New – Winter 2013

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Every day, we’re confronted by the latest developments—in medicine, fashions or technology.  Colleges, too, must keep up with rapid change.  We have to prepare the next generation for leadership in a fast-changing world. But, just as important, we have to pass on the best of our society’s achievements. Without education, civilization ceases. Colleges share with the future the greatest moral insights, artistic expressions, scientific discoveries and political achievements of the past. Almost everything we do in our working lives and as citizens builds on what we learned from someone else. Yet, without continually changing, education, like civilization, stagnates. To prepare the next generation of scientists, teachers, lawyers, engineers, doctors, accountants and artists, Elizabethtown College must keep reinventing itself. Each year, faculty members create new courses and syllabi so that students see old insights in fresh ways and are given...

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Seasons 2012

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Almost every occupation or walk of life has its distinctive turn of the seasons. My cousins, on their dairy farm in Michigan, had a very different sense of the changing year than did friends in Kansas, who grew wheat: calving and the rush to get the harvest in before impending storms were very different, but both had their own joys when done. Colleges have their special rhythms, too. Finishing senior projects, getting grades in and hosting Commencement create a demanding and exhilarating finish to the academic year.  Convocation in August represents yet another new year, with new hopes, new plans and new beginnings. Each class of first-year students brings surprises and new talents. I am impressed again by the diversity of intriguing gifts that our new students bring to our campus. Greetings to each  of the first-years and your...

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Blue skies – Spring 2012

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The past winter in Lancaster County, Pa., was wonderfully mild. Spring arrived early, giving us many warm, clear, beautiful days—days that beckoned me and my bicycle to the Conewago Recreation Trail toward Mount Gretna, where I enjoyed the fresh air and blue skies. Just as gratifying is the “blue skies” attitude of the students at Elizabethtown College. First-year students, welcomed to campus for the first time last August, have told me, with excitement, about the majors they are pursuing, research projects and collaboration with faculty partners that inspire them and the internships, study abroad experiences or campus leadership positions they anticipate. Seniors have stopped me on campus to tell me about entering graduate school or receiving a coveted job offer before graduation. They’re enthused and energized about the future and dream about the great things they can accomplish with their Elizabethtown College education....

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