Great institutions thrive by remaining true to their mission while also keeping an eye on market demands and nimbly responding to them. Ten years ago, who could have imagined all that we are accomplishing today as we strive to further our mission of educating students for lives of service?
Our new Elizabethtown 2020 strategic plan outlines our commitment to graduate young people who are prepared to lead in an ever-changing world. It also encourages our students to be more intentional in caring for themselves and their well-being, and it calls for creating a powerful presence in the market for all we offer here at E-town. In this issue, you’ll read how our Social Enterprise Institute offers students the opportunity to learn hands-on skills while it helps to create businesses with social purposes. We are also pleased to announce that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the College $300,000 to support innovative programs in which students learn humanistic skills by doing research on global issues and regional history and use digital technology in their humanities courses.
To flourish, young people need to be socially, mentally and physically well. Our soon-to-be-constructed Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Wellness will provide a variety of beautiful and functional spaces for recreation, physical education classes, wellness programming and relaxation. Our summer student research program continues to grow and thrive just as our students do. It builds on the example of a committed faculty, such as chemistry professor emeritus Charles Schaeffer who mentors research students even in retirement. New bike share and car share programs, building renovations, the expansion of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies and our continued leadership in producing Fulbright Fellowship winners for five consecutive years are all signs of exciting progress that we couldn’t have foreseen 10 years ago.
What will the next decade bring? The same resolve, imagination and determination of
today and a College, students and young alumni with the same sense of imagination