October 31, 2014

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If You Go Down to the (Preschool) Woods . . .

Over the years, Principia students and teachers have made extensive use of our campus woods—for active learning as well as quiet contemplation. Occasionally, the kindergarteners even hike among the trees, … Read more

President’s Update: Fall Semester Is in Full Swing

Thirty-nine years after my own England abroad as a student at Principia College, I’ve just returned from meeting up with current College students who are studying in England this semester. … Read more

New and Special Majors Expand Students’ Options

Principia added three academic offerings to its program this year to serve evolving student interests and prepare graduates for meaningful careers in a variety of fields. The Educational Studies Department developed … Read more

Principia’s Mammoth Finds a Permanent Home Photo courtesy of Janis Treworgy

Principia’s Mammoth Finds a Permanent Home

How do you build an interpretive exhibit for the 17,500-year-old mammoth (nicknamed Benny) who was found buried near Rackham Court in 1999 and, in his prime, would have measured about 11 feet tall at the shoulder and weighed approximately six tons? Students recently learned the answer—you get your hands very dirty with plaster of Paris, … Read more

Middle Schoolers Step into History, Culture, and Economics

Middle Schoolers Step into History, Culture, and Economics

What do Babe Ruth and dancing the Charleston have to do with understanding the history of United States involvement in World War II? At first glance, not much. But as one of the war’s most famous protagonists (Winston Churchill) said: “The farther backward you look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” Which is why Middle … Read more

Summer Research and Presentations

Summer Research and Presentations

Though most students and faculty were away from campus early June through mid-August, academic endeavors flourished. In fact, faculty engagement during the summer is a vital part of Principia’s academic program. Six faculty members spanning four departments—English, Chemistry, Religion, and Sociology and Anthropology—presented papers at conferences on a range of topics from Wordsworth to community development. … Read more