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This Is Your Brain on the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Coffee and Doughnuts with Rainbow Sprinkles

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The last Common Hour of the semester at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday featured doughnuts—the ambrosial yeasty kind, not the crumbly ol’ cakey kind—and plenty of piping hot, Davidson-friendly S&D Coffee in the Lilly Family Gallery of Chambers Building. With exams and Christmas just around the corner, ’tis  the season to micromanage blood sugar and serum caffeine levels around here. Miles to go before anybody sleeps, capiche? Why, in this very morning’s Crier e-newsletter, I saw announcements for no fewer than four (4) study breaks featuring cookies, ice cream, banana splits and, of course, coffee. It is a good time indeed to be working the Davidson beat, and could you please pass the insulin? [Note 1: R. Stuart Dickson Professor of Psychology Julio Ramirez points Daybook to neuroscientific research on glucose and memory. Note 2: This week, in addition to the sugar and caffeine food groups, SGA is offering fruit and juice and milk and bagels, a welcome tip of the hat to nutritional diversity. Kudos!)

Back to the Lilly Gallery on Tuesday: With her customary podium panache—or perhaps “dais dash” would be a better term, as she is loath to stay put behind a podium—President Carol Quillen packed the hour with an update and Q&A with students, faculty and staff on what she’s been doing and thinking since she started work here at Davidson Aug. 1. To wit, for five months she’s been asking lots of questions of the whole Davidson family and assimilating the answers into general directions of strategic thought. I didn’t have a notepad handy (hello: busy consuming ambrosial doughnuts and piping hot coffee here), so I listened carefully and mentally noted three main directions of strategic thought, employing monosyllabic mnemonic devices that my own liberal-artsy noggin could remember long enough to haul itself back to my desk and ponder upon.

Who?—Who do we want at the Davidson of the unfolding 21st century? Perhaps more precisely, who do we want to be Davidson? Leaving aside anyone’s specific formulation of an answer to such a kitchen-sink question, answering it at all indubitably means more diversity of every kind at Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, USA, the World, the Solar System, the Galaxy, the Universe, 2012 CE. So: how do we and how will we support the growing cultural diversity of our student body? Of our faculty? Staff? How will we support increasing religious diversity? Ethnic? Socioeconomic? Academic?…

What?—And what is academic diversity if not the essence of the liberal arts? Has been since the start, 1837 for us. But just as the academic requirements of, say, mid-American Century Davidson College were not the same as those of its earliest days as a manual-labor school, so now and looking forward, the posture of our college must not remain static in this, its terquasquicentennial (175th) year. Indeed, almost by definition, a liberal-arts educational posture is among the most dynamic of all, and always evolving. A recent revision of distribution requirements at Davidson is but one example. How else might this college want and need to change academically or otherwise to meet the exponentially faster-paced wants and needs of the 21st century, while staying true to the worthy traditions of the liberal arts in general and the college’s Statement of Purpose in particular?

When?—”When” is my imperfect word-association cue for a fascinating and complex topic that Quillen turned to new light, for me anyway. When Davidson students look to their futures, and when they in fact enter that world, how might the college continue to support them in new and important ways in their hero quests, their grand alumni adventures, to bring the kind of good into the world that Davidson alumni always have brought and, it is to be hoped, always will bring?

These are questions big enough and worthy enough to challenge the great, big, strong family that is Davidson students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends around the world. I, for one, accept.

Rainbow sprinkles on your globally-sourced doughnut, anyone?

 

 

ALL NEW! Davis Residence Hall: A Different Kind of “Coffee House”

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[UPDATED THURSDAY 1/20/11: My morning meetings in the union went really well and really fast thanks to delicious and satisfying S&D Coffee in my Davis Hall Dedication commemorative ceramic mug with attractive'n'colorful silicone top and environmentally-friendly double-walled design of a type to obviate the need for a hot koozie sleeve and the S&D coffee as noted in the post below is delish Earth Song Blend comparable to your favorite coffee out there and all the more delish because it comes to Davidson with heart from the Davis family and I medium-roast-toasted Rhyne Davis ’86 himself as he passed my Davis Café table on his way to a meeting in the 900 Room and then I got more coffee and went back to my own meeting and I drank and drank and drank my fill and wanted more but I can stop anytime I want to I just don't want to I think I better go to the gym now aiiieeeeee!!!...]

A good time was had by all 60 or so student residents who dropped in at three o’clock this sunny afternoon for the grand opening of Davis Hall, the college’s newest residence hall, which just opened after winter break. Construction was made possible by Roy Davis ’55 and family, purveyors of fine coffee through their renowned S&D Coffee, Inc. The Davis’s generosity to Davidson also named the Davis Café in the Alvarez College Union, which will serve free coffee and tea all day tomorrow, Thursday, to help extend the celebration. I am already very excited about that, too, and have planned a full morning of meetings at the union. Roy Davis himself was unable to join in today’s festivities, but his wife Sue sallied forth with other family folk in fine spirits, and plans are afoot to take the party of appreciation to Roy, via this and other modern means of electronic communication. I can report that the cupcakes were scrumptious and the coffee delish. Thank you!

Campus denizens, we’ll see you tomorrow at Davis Café Coffee and Tea Day!