In our Winter 2022 issue of GETTYSBURG College Magazine, Molly Foster eloquently penned a feature defining A Consequential Education, our College’s promise to our students. She talked with many members of our community, including President Bob Iuliano and our 11th president, Charles Glassick; esteemed professors, one of whom was also a Gettysburg parent; and alumni spanning decades since the late 1960s. They all agreed—our graduates begin their lives of consequence here at Gettysburg College.
While each Gettysburgian possesses their own passionate pursuits, being consequential is the uniting thread in them all. It’s been ingrained in our being since our founding in 1832 and was emboldened when President Abraham Lincoln’s charge in his Gettysburg Address inspired us to Do Great Work, each and every year since.
“Being in service to others is part of my fabric. It’s part of my history. It’s part of the tapestry of who I am,” said Hayley Hoffman ’83, whose winding career path led her to being a relationship counselor. Joshua Eyler ’00, who has spent his career in higher education like his Gettysburg mentor English Prof. Christopher Fee P’21, added: “[A Consequential Education] was more about building a life that would contribute to change in a way meaningful to us. It was about who we were going to become as people.”
It’s through the lives of our graduates and their commitment to making meaningful change in the world that we see A Consequential Education come to life—and it’s these lives of consequence that will forever be worth sharing with you.
When you turn to page 16, you will see a new department in our magazine dedicated to these Lives of Consequence. Moving forward, each issue of our magazine will showcase how our consequential education took hold in the heart and in the career of one of our alumni. This issue, you will hear from Emily Lunardi ’16, who is a member of an outpatient practice working with clients of all ages and identities through drama therapy. Like many of her fellow Gettysburgians, Lunardi strives to “show up in the world in a way that’s aware and effective.”
Have you led a life of consequence? Share your story by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!
By Megan Miller