Encircle Fall 2014
A Word from the Editor
“One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”
I first encountered this “anonymous” nugget of wisdom in a fortune cookie, but a bit of onlineresearch revealed that it was in fact penned by 19th century American writer Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., who drew deep from the well of his own varied experience to leave us with this eminently quotable quote. Holmes – a contemporary and friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - was a poet, novelist, essayist, professor, physician, and medical reformer whose own curiosity was the only limitation on the changing “dimensions” of his mind.
Sound familiar? It should. I tucked that fortune away several months ago because it seemed like the perfect encapsulation of what students experience as they pursue a rigorous and diverse liberal arts education at Centenary College. Our students’ minds are challenged and stretched by their coursework, by service learning, by competitive internships, and by unique educational opportunities such as our Centenary in Paris program. Our graduates, like Holmes, are writers, professors, physicians, passionate reformers, public servants, and much more – sometimes all at once!
Encircle is intended not only to report, but also to engage. We hope that you also discover a new idea – or several – in these pages, and that afterward your mind never feels quite the same.
Director of Strategic Communication