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Introducing the 2013 Faith and Reason Summer Program

Posted by Michael Krom on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 @ 16:01 PM

Faith and Reason Catholic College Summer ProgramEverything is set for the 2013 Faith and Reason Summer Program here at Saint Vincent College, which will run from Sunday, June 16th through Friday, June 21st.  This is the third year of the week-long program, and, as director, I am excited to welcome both new and returning students for a week of exploring the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition, not to mention more hiking and ultimate frisbee....

If you have never attended the program, this is a great introduction to life at a Catholic liberal arts college, and a wonderful opportunity to explore the great questions and ideas you will be asked to reflect on at college.  Most of our participants are high schoolers (you must be at least 15 years old), though some have a year of college under their belts and are looking for a chance to spend a week making new friends who share in common the desire to grow intellectually and spiritually. 

Faith and Reason Catholic Summer ProgramOur days are structured around the Benedictine daily prayers, mass, and seminar conversations.  Of course, there's plenty of time to relax over meals, hikes, sports and more.  For those of you who fear being lost in the crowd, the program is small (I anticipate 15-20 students), so we really get to know one another and help one another pursue Truth through both faith and reason.  Here's how one student (who was brave enough to join us despite the fact that she didn't previously know anybody here!) put it last year:

"The camp exceeded my expectations! Within a week I was able to get to know the amazing people at Saint Vincent College and all of my new friends. By the end of the week I didn't want to leave. Most importantly, during camp I was able to develop a deeper understanding for my faith.  The insight that I received through all the group discussions only kindled a want for greater knowledge through faith and reason. Thank you for the opportunity. I hope to return next year."

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions; I look forward to hearing from you.

Topics: faith and reason, Michael Krom, summer program

About the Authors

Michelle Gil-Montero is an associate professor of English and director of creative writing at Saint Vincent College. She runs the visiting writers series on campus, oversees the student literary magazine, and serves as guru to aspiring poets on campus. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2007, and she has been on the Saint Vincent faculty since that year. She is an active poet and literary translator from Spanish. She is spending part of the 2016-17 school year travelling to Argentina on a Howard Foundation fellowship and Fulbright grant. 

Dr. John J. Smetanka has been a member of the full-time faculty since 1997 and currently serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean of Saint Vincent College, a position he has held since January 2008. Dr. Smetanka has taught courses in Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry and Geology as well as interdisciplinary seminars. He has published scientific research articles in physics and astrophysics journals, numerous conference proceedings and also works in science education reform and the interaction between science, technology and theology.

Jim Kellam is an associate professor of biology at Saint Vincent College and our resident ornithologist. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2003, and is taking this semester as a sabbatical. What does that mean? He'll explain in his blog posts.

Dr. Michael J. Urick is Graduate Director of the Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence program, and Associate Professor of Management and Operational Excellence at the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government. Dr. Urick teaches courses related to organizational behavior, human resources, culture, leadership, diversity, conflict, supply chain, operations and research methods. Professionally, Urick serves on the board of the Institute for Supply Management (Pittsburgh) and belongs to the Society for Human Resource Management and APICS. For fun, Urick enjoys music and, since 1998, has led and performed with Neon Swing X-perience, a jazz band that has released multiple albums and toured portions of the US. He enjoys watching movies, is an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction, and also likes to fence.

David Safin, C'00, has been a lecturer in the communication department since the Fall of 2003, and has served in a variety of administrative roles since the summer of 2004. Currently, he teaches multimedia in the communication department as an assistant professor. 

Dr. Michael Krom received his Doctorate in philosophy at Emory University in 2007 and is currently the chair of the philosophy department at Saint Vincent. He has authored a book on religion and politics and continues to publish works in Catholic moral and political thought. Dr. Krom also directs the Faith and Reason summer program every summer. 

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