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Week of September 4, 2023

Good day, Friends!

I spent the latter part of last week at the Highland County Fair with my family (and our market hogs) and visiting the Clinton County Corn Festival. So, this blog update will be quite brief. A special thank you to the students who rode in the festival parade on the "Aggiewagon," pulled by Chad McKay. It really was a treat to see so many friendly faces about town.

Students gathered in front of the “Aggiewagon” following the Corn Festival parade on Saturday.

In addition, I had a lovely time visiting and delivering a Sunday message to the Wilmington Friends in downtown Wilmington. Thank you to members of the Meeting for the invitation and hospitality.

A few updates:

Invitation to Engage in All-Campus Visioning Workshop Series Now Through January 2024

Members of the Wilmington College campus community are invited to engage in a communitywide visioning process designed to solicit feedback on collective aspirations for the college's future. Faculty, staff, and students can join the monthly Zoom series, set to launch later this month (details forthcoming), which will consist of facilitated workshops that each present one of five vision queries.

A bit of background: In July, the Board of Trustees completed a visioning retreat, which led to the development of the following five queries: 

  • How can Wilmington College intentionally elevate and operationalize its core values in the four key areas of: orientation, pedagogy, culture, and governance?

  • How can Wilmington College diversify its scope, students, partners, services, and delivery?

  • How can Wilmington College execute sound and creative business planning?

  • How can Wilmington College leverage its signature local and global partnerships?

  • How can Wilmington College become internationally recognized as a leader in hands-on, experiential education, and specifically, agricultural education?

Following each workshop, we will send out a digital survey to the campus (one query/workshop) in order to gather additional feedback. Data from both the Zoom workshops and surveys will be collected, shared with the campus community, and used in future strategic planning processes. Thank you to Daniel McCamish for assisting with development of the survey tool.

Also, a special thank you to Dr. Susan Resneck Pierce for agreeing to facilitate the visioning workshops. Her short bio can be found on her website in the “about” section.

Westheimer Peace Symposium Events Continue Through September 26

A reminder on behalf of the Westheimer Peace Symposium Committee and Peace Resource Center Director, Tanya Maus, that all are welcome to attend the upcoming symposium events, including:

  • Speaker Father Paul Abernathy (September 12, 7:00-8:30 p.m.):

    • Having served as a U.S. Army veteran in the Iraq War, Father Paul Abernathy is currently an Orthodox Christian priest at St. Moses the Black Orthodox Church, Pittsburgh, PA, as well as the founding CEO of the Neighborhood Resilience Project. Since 2011, Fr. Paul has labored with his community to address community trauma with Trauma Informed Community Development; a framework that facilitates the transformation of trauma-affected communities to resilient, healing and healthy communities so that people can be healthy enough to sustain opportunities and realize their potential. Location: McCoy Room, Kelly Center, Wilmington College

  • Film: This is Not a War Story followed by dialogue with director Talia Lugacy (September 20, 7:00-10:00 p.m.):

    • This is Not a War Story tracks a ragtag group of combat veterans in New York whose anti-war art, poetry and papermaking keep them together, despite the spectre of their friend’s suicide and the ever-crystalizing fact that healing from war is sometimes an impossible mission. Talia Lugacy is a filmmaker, actor, and writer based in New York. Talia co-wrote and directed the feature film Descent starring Rosario Dawson, which premiered in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released theatrically by Warner Independent. Despite an NC-17 rating DESCENT was championed by The New York Times as a Critic's Pick calling the film "...essential to see, a vividness never seen in an American film.” Her second feature film This is Not a War Story was an NYFA Grant Recipient for 2020 and was shortlisted for Director’s Fortnight at Cannes before the event was canceled. The film has since won the Audience Award at SF Indie and was a Spotlight title at Cinequest with universal praise from publications such as Film Threat, Hammer to Nail, and Screentology. Talia is a full-time Assistant Professor of Screen Studies at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School, in NYC. She was a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights & Directors Unit, and began studying filmmaking at NYU Tisch at the age of 15. She has directed numerous short films as well as directed environmental PSAs with Frack Action, Water Defense, Mark Ruffalo and Food & Water Watch. SPECIAL LOCATION: The Murphy Theatre, 50 W Main St, Wilmington, OH 45177 ***Shuttles to and from Murphy Theatre will be provided for registered Wilmington College students***

  • Conversation: Trauma-sensitive Peacebuilding with Dr. Lucy Steinitz (September 26, 12:00-1:30 p.m.)

    • Dr. Lucy Steinitz (WC Alum ‘72) brings a wealth of information to the post-Westheimer lunch-and-learn. She has twenty years of experience in domestic social policy, international learning and consultation, and non-profit management. Having traveled much of the world, Lucy now works for Catholic Relief Services on issues of justice, mental health, and peacebuilding. She has authored, co-authored, or edited over fifty publications including two books and multiple training manuals for children and adults affected by conflict, illness, and trauma. Location: T. Canby Jones Meetinghouse, Boyd Cultural Arts Center, Wilmington College

Announcing New Articulation Agreement with Clark State Community College

Clark State Community College (CSCC) and Wilmington College (WC) recently signed an articulation agreement that will allow students to transfer credits from an Associate of Applied Business/Agricultural Business from CSCC to a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with an Agricultural Business Concentration at Wilmington College.

In order to be admitted into WC, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Students must submit official transcripts from any institution they have been enrolled in and may be required to submit high school transcripts. Students interested in transferring are recommended to schedule a visit at

Thank you to Russ Kincaid and Chad McKay for facilitating this new partnership.

Academic Buildings Open through 7 p.m.

An announcement from George Dimidik: To better accommodate night classes, we’ve extended the time the doors are open in academic buildings from 6 to 7 p.m. This should help avoid issues some students were experiencing which enticed them to prop open doors. If you see a door propped open, please assist us by removing the prop as we don’t want doors open all night. Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Otherwise, have a great week ahead! The weather is reaching the just-about-perfect mark.

In peace and gratitude,



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