Learning and Unlearning.

We all came here to learn. Whether it is your first year here or, like me, the 27th, we have all come, and stayed, because Denison presents an incredible environment in which to learn.

Right now, though, we may first need to un-learn, and then learn in new ways.

We’ve got a situation where some awful things were overheard outside a recent party—racist, homophobic, misogynistic slurs.

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Instagrams of Faith At Denison

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By Mark Orten, Director of Religious & Spiritual Life

I asked a diverse group of thoughtful students “How do you practice your faith at Denison?”

Speaking from different perspectives about matters of faith and the practice of it, they offered some really creative “snapshots” of their take on the practice of faith at Denison:

“At Denison, even when you are walking across the campus you just look up at the sky, and all of the beauty of this place… just noticing it; that’s practicing.”

“College is busy, and so people say, ‘I don’t have time for formal practices.’ But you always have time to do something that is part of your faith —even if small.

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Denison Dates

By Catherine Champagne, Coordinator of Alcohol, Drug and Health Education

There are many benefits of living in a small, residential community like Denison. One of the things I appreciate about being on the hill are the many opportunities for close bonds and friendships to develop. When walking across campus, this friendship is visible in the number of students who greet each other with enthusiasm, the groups of friends grabbing a bite in Slayter, and in the subtle acts of kindness observed between students and staff alike.

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Advice to First Year Parents

by Kathleen Powell, Director of Career Exploration & Development

By now your sons and daughters are back at college to finish out their first year. During the break you may have heard about their classes, their professors, their clubs and organizations and their dreams for the summer or life after college! For some students, they have no idea what’s out there or what they could pursue after graduation.

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Career Conversations: Making the most of them during breaks!

By Kathleen Powell, Director of Career Exploration & Development, and Zach Pavol, Assistant Director of Career Exploration & Development

In the next few weeks, thousands of students will be returning home for their winter break. Students see this as a much needed break from academics. What they might encounter when returning home is a new conversation with their parents and relatives.

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The Perils of Finals

By Crystal Lapidus-Mann, Staff Counselor, and Catherine Champagne, Coordinator of Alcohol, Drug, and Health Education

As final exams loom ever-closer, our thoughts go to our students. Over the next week, we know that students will spend many hours focused on studying, writing, and working tirelessly on final projects. Although these practices are necessary for academic success, the accomplishment of these tasks sometimes happens at the expense of students’ personal health and wellness (“all-nighters,” anyone?).

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The Leadership Fellows: Educating their Peers While Gaining Skills for their Own Success


By Julie Tucker, Coordinator of Assessment & Research

Students’ co-curricular involvement at Denison is more than a way to fill their days or meet new people.  While we certainly hope that students’ co-curricular involvement allows them to make friends and enjoy their time on the hill, we intend that these experiences provide students the opportunity to gain and strengthen skill sets that prepare them for their careers and experiences beyond Denison. 

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Open Letter to Men

Open Letter to Men By Erik Farley, Associate Dean & Director of Multicultural Student Affairs

As a man on this campus, I am issuing a call to all Denison men: we must contribute to conversations about relationship violence. I call upon men from all socio-economic backgrounds and ethnicities to consciously rid our community of this social ill.

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On Being First-Gen…Sort Of

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By Laurel Kennedy, Vice President for Student Development

There has been lots of attention lately to the unique challenges of being a first-generation college student. One article concluded by calling on colleges and universities to ensure that their faculty and staff include members who were first-generation college students in their day.

Whether I was technically a first-gen college student depends on the definition we’re using.

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What positive change looks like.

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By Laurel Kennedy, Vice President for Student Development

Alcohol abuse is a public health issue that impacts all communities. Denison has worked aggressively to address the problem on our campus, and much of what we are doing is succeeding and could provide a roadmap for other colleges, high schools, and communities.

Our work started from three assumptions.

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