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Alumni Spotlight: The Straight Family

Liz (Leidy) Straight (’04) and Jesse Straight Home: Warrentown, VA Cohort of 2001 Business: Whiffletree Farm “We believe that there is a created order and we want to work within it,” says Liz Straight, when asked why Whiffletree Farm practices sustainable agriculture. Liz and her husband Jesse both attended the Templeton Honors College in the… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Study Abroad Spotlight: Rwanda

In their time at the Templeton Honors College, students are challenged to ask big questions: Why is there evil? What is the relationship between faith and reason? What is justice? Why is doctrine important? The habit of questioning we develop provides a valuable foundation that empowers us to interact with ideas and learn from the… Read more »

Alumni Spotlight: Aaron Benz (’13)

“Most of today’s technology is about self-validation or objectifying other people. Through Facebook and Twitter we’re more connected to someone across the world, but disconnected from people around us,” says Aaron Benz.  Zync Up isn’t about swiping right or the number of “likes” on a photo, but making it easier to connect with real people.”… Read more »

Alumni Spotlight: Jordan Dene (Soliwoda) Ellis, ’09

Cohort of 2006 Major: Elementary Education Currently Living: Brooklyn, NY Clothing Designer and Business Owner   “We are all made of star stuff,” astronomer Carl Sagan once said, meaning that every particle in the human body is formed through chemical reactions in the life and death of stars. When Jordan Ellis first discovered this as… Read more »

Alumni Spotlight: Brother Lawrence Machia (’08)

When we pause to reflect upon our spiritual journeys, we are sometimes able to see the small turning points — those moments that seemed insignificant at the time, but later proved to be immensely formative. For Brother Lawrence (formerly Shawn Machia, B.A. Theology ’08), many of those turning points occurred through the conversations and people that… Read more »

Student Spotlight: Zachery Custer (’16)

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie once told her daughter Eve, “A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale.” Understood this way, science is not an exercise in reductionism; rather, it is an opening of the eyes, an… Read more »

2015 Alumna of the Year: Frances Bissell (’12)

When asked about her time in the Templeton Honors College, alumna Frances (Garrett) Bissell reflects, “The Honors College taught me to allow myself to ask questions and to be a person of depth. I learned to think not about what one person can accomplish on their own, but how someone can do great things as… Read more »