‘Everything is connected’
The incoming students are early beneficiaries of Connections, the College’s reinvention of the liberal arts. On Thursday, Nov. 7, they will take part in the inaugural All-College Symposium, during which nearly 200 seniors will showcase how they have integrated their coursework and experiences over four years to explore a topic or issue meaningful to them.
“Just like our seniors, by the time you graduate, you will present a profile of critical thinking, creative problem-solving and the ability to collaborate that employers and our communities are desperately seeking,” Dean of the College Jefferson Singer told the new students.
“May your years ahead be filled with multiple discoveries, but let them also be punctuated with a rhythm of reflection that allows you to look within, look around, look back and look forward with increasing wisdom and compassion.”
Over the several days following their arrival, the new students learned about Connections, met with their team of advisers, registered for classes, and got to know each other and the faculty and staff of the College. The five-day Orientation, “Welcome Home,” culminated with Convocation, a celebration of the opening of the academic year, on Aug. 26. Virginia Anderson, associate professor of theater, delivered the keynote address, “Of Giraffes and Mission Statements / www.govtrack.us.”