Gettysburg College to celebrate Founders Day April 7 with lectures, events

Gettysburg College will mark 178 years since its founding, April 7, 1832, with events on campus and alumni outreach in the social media field.

On April 7, Robert Wilson, editor of "The American Scholar," will deliver a talk for the annual Phi Beta Kappa lecture. His talk, "Emerson Refreshed: ‘The American Scholar' and the Digital Future," is open to the public at no charge and will take place at 4 p.m. in the College Union Building, Room 260. Wilson's talk will focus on the future of books and print in general, and the implications this will have for the liberal arts and scholarship. Robert WilsonFounded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest Greek-letter society in America that recognizes academic excellence and encourages scholars in their work. The Gettysburg College chapter was chartered in 1923 and is one of only 255 Phi Beta Kappa chapters in American colleges and universities.

Also on April 7, a panel of Gettysburg College students will share the hidden story behind many of the buildings and everyday objects on the Gettysburg College campus - from sculpture to carriage makers. The 7 p.m. discussion, "Hidden Histories," will take place in the College Union Building, Room 260, and is open to the public at no charge. Refreshments will be served.

On April 8, Gwen Ifill, a senior correspondent for "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," will deliver a talk for the Eisenhower Institute's Spring Speakers Series. Her talk, "Breaking Through: Why Politics Matters," will take Gwen Ifillplace at 7:30 p.m. in the College Union Building, Room 260. Ifill has covered six Presidential campaigns and is the best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama."

In an effort to engage students, alumni, parents and friends, Gettysburg College has created a LinkedIn career networking group and posted a goal of adding 1,832 (the year the College was founded) new users by April 7. The group has since exceed that goal and membership continues to grow. More than 55 million professionals use LinkedIn to exchange information, ideas and opportunities.

Also in honor of Founders Day, a "Thank You" video will feature Gettysburg College students in appreciation of past gifts by alumni, parents, trustees, and friends. Students will also sign over-sized prints of buildings and spaces on campus for those donors.

About Founders Day

Gettysburg College's founder Samuel Simon Schmucker's belief in the value of an institution dedicated to "advance the cause of liberal education" resulted in the granting of the College's charter on April 7, 1832. Five years later, the College moved into Pennsylvania Hall, built on land provided by abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens, whose career in Congress included authorship of the 14th Amendment, which guaranteed full civil rights to citizens of all states. Then known as Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg joined a small league of 66 colleges and universities in existence in the country in 1832. There were fewer than 6,000 students enrolled in college and only about 20 institutions had enrollments exceeding 100 students. It was one of only three financially viable colleges chartered to award degrees in the state. The first commencement was held in September 1834, and except for 1836 when there were no graduates, the College has graduated a class every year since.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.


Posted: Tue, 30 Mar 2010




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