In response to our fall feature story, “Battlefield as teacher,” Pat Weaver Newton ’64 wrote to share her thanks for an informative issue and a suggestion: “I wish there had been courses such as those when I was in college. I would, however, suggest [additional courses about] how the battle affected the citizens of Gettysburg…an additional fertile field of study.”

In the campaign final report included with the fall 2018 issue, the name of Sherrin Hilburt Baky-Nessler ’65, P’01 was misspelled. We are grateful for her support in continuing and strengthening our tradition of distinguished teaching and regret our error! Thanks to Dave Reichert ’66 for catching the misordered caption on the Class of 1968 reunion photo.


On social media

Gettysburg College continues to be recognized nationally for  our programs: among them, new rankings highlighting our quality teaching. The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report ranked us No. 15 for  Best Classroom Experience and No. 28 for Best Undergraduate Teaching, respectively. In other rankings, we were highlighted for our quality internships, study abroad programs, campus food, and athletics and sciences facilities, to name a few. On Facebook, alums reacted to the news we were ranked No. 22 in the country for Best Alumni Network.

Several alums responded to our story about First-Year Seminars via Facebook and Twitter.

Robin Roger McKenzie ’02 said, “I loved my First-Year Seminar, and I still think about the books I read for it. I took ‘Literature of the Immigrant Experience’ with Bob Winans. What I learned in that class is still relevant today!”

Bill Albertson ’09 shared, “My First-Year Seminar, ‘The American Government from the Inside: The Judiciary’ taught by Ken Mott, was one of the best courses I took at Gettysburg. That course was such a place of discovery and growth for me— I can honestly say I transitioned from being a good high school writer to a good college writer in that class. Thanks for everything, Dr. Mott! I still remember the skills I learned 13 years later!”


And in the news

Faculty and staff contributed to several national and regional publications.

Noting a few: Psychology Prof. Richard Russell’s research on makeup and age perception was referenced  in a Scientific American blog, “Illusion Chasers.”

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published “Back-to-School Advice for College Trustees,” penned by Prof. Allen Guelzo, the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College.

Also in the WSJ: English Prof. Robert Garnett’s opinion piece, “Rooted in America’s Heartland,” discussed Willa Cather’s novel, My Ántonia.

Our international family orientation program was highlighted by U.S. News & World Report in the article “How International Parents Can Use U.S. College Orientation,” with comments from Brad Lancaster, director of international student services.

An alum caught the attention of Oprah: Maneesha Mukhi’s ’03 company, Ask Ellis, was featured in the November 2018 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine for its work helping people navigate the U.S. immigration system.

Devin Garnick ’15 and Johanna Roche ’15 shared their school spirit from the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Where has your G’burg gear been? Share with us and your photo may appear in an upcoming issue.

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