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Alums head back to class

May 13, 2008

Reunion Weekend took many alums back to school – to Psych, Bio, Soc, Poli Sci and more – where they saw the college’s new curriculum in action and connected with a new generation of students.

All over campus, alumni checked schedules, asked to be reminded of building locations, dashed or rode golf carts from one class to the next – and, once again, immersed in college life.

The best part for most was meeting today’s students.

“It’s always interesting to be with young people and hear what they think,” said Nancy Voss ’54, who was back on campus celebrating the 55th reunion of husband Jim Voss ’53.

The Vosses started their morning in Professor Herb Smith’s State and Local Government class where students were embroiled in a debate about whether illegal immigrants should be permitted to get driver’s licenses. The  discussion was a perfect example of McDaniel’s emphasis on global, multicultural and interdisciplinary perspectives in learning.

This approach is integral to the college’s new curriculum, The McDaniel Plan. Based in the liberal arts and sciences, the new program of study features built-in flexibility for students to choose courses that match their interests and fuel their ambitions, plus classes specific to each academic year from an exemplary first-year seminar through a senior capstone research project.

Look here to learn more about The McDaniel Plan.

 
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