convergence of the MXI and the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts marks
the start of a new chapter in the history of the College. I hope you will
have an opportunity to visit both Trippet and the MXI."
about the work of the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at www.liberalarts.wabash.edu
about MXI at www.wabash.edu/orgs/mxi
From Center Hall
Wabash College President
The theme for this issue of Wabash Magazine is convergence.
Considering it, I was reminded of two projects coming together this fall.
The first is Trippet Hall, where many strands of concern for the liberal
arts come together in a facility and a set of programs. Trippet Hall houses
the admissions and financial aid offices, as well as the Center of Inquiry
in the Liberal Arts. With this facility, the Center of Inquiry, which
has existed largely in our minds and imagination, will now become a physical
reality. We scheduled our first conference at the Center for this past
August, and although the facility was not ready we went ahead anyway.
That conference made it clear that the particular perspective that Wabash
brings to its concern for the liberal arts gives us an important role
to play. At that conference, my Wabash colleagues and I were struck by
how little is known (except through personal testimony) about the value
and effectiveness of the liberal artsthis judgment rendered by eight
of the top dozen higher education researchers in the nation. They made
it clear that if we are to summon support for the liberal arts, we truly
have our work cut out for us.
On Homecoming Weekend, we shall have our first Center of Inquiry conference
in Trippet. That gathering will be part of the Inquiry on Residential
Life that focuses on off-campus experiences. It will be the first of such
gatherings, and we shall report on all of them on the website that has
been established by the College. Please check in once in a while to see
what we are doing.
Several strands also come together in the new MXI building. The old building
had become too small for the number of students using it, and it was not
a structure that could be readily and safely expanded. We consequently
built a new one, and we shall dedicate it on November 2. The symbolism
of moving the MXI from the edge of campus to near the center (behind the
Lilly Library and in front of the Allen Athletics and Recreation Center)
and of moving from a clapboard house to a two-story brick structure is
important. After years of serving our students, black and white, so well,
the MXI is now positioned to do even more for the entire Wabash community.
Later this year, the MXI will join with the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal
Arts to host a student conference on educating black males in liberal
This convergence of the MXI and the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts
marks the start of a new chapter in the history of the College. I hope
you will have an opportunity to visit both Trippet and the MXI. I thank
not only Lilly Endowment Inc. and the late Ann Goodrich who have so handsomely
supported Trippet Hall, but also all alumni who have come together in
support of the MXI and the capital campaign. We have much to celebrate.
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