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 »

A Reflection on Goodbyes: Winter Retreat 2019

I’m sitting in a coffee shop reflecting on my recent return from my last winter retreat, thinking about Faust so I don’t have to think about saying any more goodbyes. Faust makes a deal with the devil; If I can experience just one moment of perfect happiness, says Faust, I will in that moment drop… Read more »

Summer Scholars Program: Tolkien, Friendship, and Finding a Home

It was the last day of Summer Scholars. We were at the barbeque by the pool, burgers and hotdogs were sizzling on the grill, students were dipping their feet in the water and splashing each other, friends were promising to keep in touch. I remember sitting under a tree, watching all of this, and thinking,… Read more »

Social Science and the Liberal Arts

Technically speaking, social science has no place in the classical liberal arts.  The social sciences, as we know them today, were not part of the trivium or the quadrivium.  The social sciences do not emerge until the 19th century and are intrinsically modern inventions. In fact, they arise in response to many of the social,… Read more »

A Reflection on Freshman Chorale

This fall, I walked over to Workman Hall in order to join the Cohort of 2018 for the weekly meeting of “Freshmen Chorale” (as the Registrar’s Office calls it). This course was added to the required curriculum of the Templeton Honors College two years ago as the first piece of then-Dean Jonathan Yonan’s vision to… Read more »

Senior Interview with Luke Megonigal

The transitional period from life at Eastern University to life after graduation is a unique and intriguing space to occupy. Luke Megonigal is currently in such a place as he anticipates the transition from student to graduate. He was kind enough to share his reflections on his time here as well as his hopes and… Read more »

Lessons and Carols: Rhythms of Life in the Templeton Honors College

The rhythms of life in a community are comforting and call to memory the same celebration in the years preceding; from small rhythms such as church on Sundays, to the more elaborate celebrations like Thanksgiving and Christmas that may entail a wider range of family and friends and span a few days. The Templeton Honors… Read more »

Athletics and Academics: An Interview with Brennan Kastens

Brennan Kastens, a Templeton Scholar, is originally from Nashua, New Hampshire. He is a senior in the math department with a concentration in secondary education and also plays on Eastern’s men’s basketball team as a small forward. In our conversation together, Brennan shared with me what his life at Eastern is like as he balances… Read more »