Celebrating the Cohort of 2015

Congratulations to the Templeton Honors College Cohort of 2015, who graduated on May 11! It is a time of celebration, of grief and gratitude, as they leave this community that has formed them. It is too, a time of excitement, as they move on to a new stage of life and new communities. Here is… Read more »

Welcoming Dr. Kathryn Smith

We are excited to welcome Dr. Kathryn Smith as the first Director of the Masters of Arts in Teaching! Dr. Smith will be directing the Masters of Arts in Teaching beginning this year, as well as teaching the second course of the Honors Western Civilization sequence for Templeton first-years and Medieval and Renaissance Europe for… Read more »

Summer Plans for the Templeton Honors College

One might wonder what happens in the Templeton Honors College during the summer months when students return home.  Do faculty and staff return to their home libraries, grow long untidy beards, and spend hours without end reading Plato, Dante, Wittgenstein, or Gaita? As it turns out, summer can be one of the busiest times for… Read more »

Anthony Lawton Performs The Great Divorce

“Call it brilliantly-conceived, skillfully written, superbly executed, and you will have scratched the surface of it. Call it thrilling, wonder-filled, gut-wrenching, breath-taking, and you will be closer to the essence of it….I came away from that theatre feeling like I had experienced the full impact of C. S. Lewis’ creative power for the very first… Read more »

Advice for Incoming Freshman

Micah Skinner, a graduating senior from the Honors College, has attended the annual Honors camping trip in the Adirondacks all four years of his Templeton career, first as an incoming freshman himself and later as student staff. This is a list of advice he has composed to share with first years during the camping trip…. Read more »

A Lenten Reflection: The Importance of Fasting

Lent is one of the most unifying traditions in Christianity. Both Catholics and Protestant churches continue to celebrate Lent to this day, through both fasting and prayer. Yet in most of my experiences with Lent, there seems to be a casual indifference or reluctance to participate in this celebrated tradition. This is not to say… Read more »

Shark Tank: Senior Student Spotlight

It’s a Wednesday night, and graduating seniors Abigail Stevens and Jesse Whiteman are tired and stressed out. The following evening, they’ll be on stage for Eastern’s Shark-Tank competition, and they’ve just spent the last several hours working on their business proposal. As we sit down in the Jammin Java for this interview, I promise them… Read more »

Meditation on Morning Prayer and Compline

For those of us who have been honored with the opportunity to return on the Adirondacks camping trip as student staff, there’s an opportunity for the returning upperclassmen to give the incoming Freshmen a piece of advice they think is critical for flourishing in Templeton. Invariably, someone will exhort the incoming students to find a… Read more »

Student Spotlight: Suzi Staherski ’20

Last summer, I had the opportunity to intern at Pennsylvania Senator Robert “Bob” P. Casey Jr.’s office. This internship was an incredible learning experience for me as I was able to study firsthand how the people of Pennsylvania interact with their representatives, and how our representatives can serve us. The office I worked in hires… Read more »

On Food and Eating: Templeton Alumnus Dan LaVenture

Templeton’s “Everyday Ethics” series offers us all the opportunity to engage with a range of subjects that are at once deeply important and remarkably mundane. Dan LaVenture (Cohort of 2012) acknowledged this in his talk on food. Regardless of one’s level of interest in food, LaVenture encourages us to recognize that we are part of… Read more »