2016 Alumnus of the Year: Jay Renfro (’13)

Jay Renfro ‘13 Hometown: Nashville, TN Cohort of 2009 Major: Environmental Studies Career: Science Teacher “In the Templeton senior capstone class, we talked about the difference between your job and your work,” reflects alumnus, Jay Renfro. “A lot of people don’t have a distinction like that, their job is just something that they try to… Read more »

Faculty and Family

In a society that places a high value on efficiency and productivity, it can be difficult for students to balance personal and professional aspirations.  Concerns for family and community can be lost amidst the pressures of preparing for one’s academic and professional career.  Thankfully, Templeton students have access to faculty in a variety of stages… Read more »

Student Summer Science Research

Rising juniors Abigail Crawford, Rebecca Drew, and Nicholas Fales each possess a keen, analytical mind; passion for problem-solving; and deep sense of wonder for the intricate beauty of God’s creation. These three cohort fellows spent six weeks conducting original research in Eastern’s chemistry and biochemistry laboratories as part of the Summer Science Research Program. Through their… Read more »

Farewell and Godspeed to Dr. RJ Snell

Prof. RJ Snell, well known to students of the Templeton Honors College as well as philosophy students at Eastern University, will be moving this Fall to Princeton NJ to take up a position at the Witherspoon Institute, an independent research center that works to enhance public understanding of the moral foundations of free and democratic… Read more »

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Gary Jenkins

Many Templeton students take advantage of summertime to put their academic pursuits on pause and enjoy much-needed breaks. On the other hand, the faculty use this time to delve even more deeply into their scholarly endeavors. One such faculty member is Dr. Gary Jenkins: As the History Department Chair and Director of the Agora Institute’s… Read more »

Agora Institute and Templeton Host Free Library Director

In October of 2015, the New York Times published an article entitled “Reinventing the Library.” In the article, Alberto Manuel traced a brief history of the library, exploring the differences between the role of libraries in antiquity and the role of libraries today. It comes as no surprise that libraries are vastly different institutions than… Read more »

Senior Reflection

It was a sunny day in August of 2012 when my cohort had our first collective conversation. Stranded in the middle of the woods, we hadn’t showered for days, and we barely knew each other. But there we were, on the Adirondacks camping trip at the beginning of our college journey, thinking about wisdom and… Read more »

Alumni Spotlight: Nathan Farris (’13)

In this season of graduations we celebrate not just the accomplishments of our Templeton seniors, but also our alumni. This month, Nathan Farris (’13) will graduate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Law School and begin as a real estate attorney at Ballard Spahr, a Philadelphia-based law firm. Nathan is “fascinated by how space affects human… Read more »

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jeff Dill

Dr. Dill: Curator of Personal Narratives “The best research questions are autobiographical,” reflected Templeton Assistant Professor of Social Thought Dr. Jeffrey Dill during our interview together. As a sociologist, he is “pursuing the same questions as scholars in the humanities, in slightly different ways, asking ‘what does it mean to be human?’” This is why… Read more »

Agora Lecture: James K.A. Smith

“You are what you love.” This was the theme and the refrain of James K.A. Smith’s compelling lecture hosted by the Agora Institute in conjunction with the Templeton Honors College and Eastern University on March 17th, 2016. We are more than just “thinking things,” he insisted, arguing that it is not just our intellectual assent… Read more »