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Come Home to Mini-College Classes

A variety of Mini-College classes will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 22, during Homecoming and Family Weekend. The topics of the classes are both timely and timeless, ranging from Shakespeare to the upcoming election, from Geneva to Mars. Alums will get a chance to reconnect with faculty and relive their academic experience, while families are invited to discover the daily excitement in which students engage.

Among the many classes offered: Associate Professor of Art and Architecture Michael Tinkler will take his Greek architecture class to the Quad to lay out the monuments of the Acropolis, including the Parthenon, the Caryatid porch, and the Temple of Athena Nike.  Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman will share insights from the class she teaches on the upcoming election with President Mark D. Gearan.  Professor of Education Charles Temple will demonstrate the power of storytelling to raise questions and make people think.  Associate Professor of Geoscience Neil Laird and Assistant Professor of Geoscience Nicholas Metz will each address how severe weather develops and its impact on people. Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Susan Pliner and Associate Director of the Centennial Center for Leadership Amy Forbes will discuss problem-solving, intellectual ingenuity, and calculated risk-taking in the context of entrepreneurial leadership.

For more information about the Mini College and Homecoming and Family Weekend, visit