Ok, there’s a LOT happening with the College these days. Here’s a glimpse…
We continue to have excellent classes. In today’s afternoon class the students will be working to create a description of a style of conversation we’ve termed “Thoughtful Conversation” (something our society could use a bit more of, yes?), in which participants speak only when their thoughts are fully formed, and all participants get to contribute equally. When the students finish their version of the guidelines we’ll post it for others to try out and comment on. In the evening class students will be discussing Galileo’s Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina. For this class they’re using texts donated by students of Ursinus College who have gone on multiple book drives to collect texts for Sphere College (many thanks, Ursinus ACM!).
Some time ago, students of Sphere College created a brochure that does an excellent job of explaining what we’re up to. Now we have just completed a very compelling video that gives an even better picture. You can watch the video at Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/9087364.
We are also hoping to have some exciting announcements to make in the not-too-distant future about new faculty members and class modules. Stay tuned!
All of this goodness does not come without costs, though. Although the students have been real troopers, we really need to have a comfortable space where we can feel at home, free from external noise and interruptions, with sufficient lighting, storage and supplies. We truly need to hire a coordinator for the College—someone who can schedule events, line up transportation for field trips, answer questions, and generally provide the assistance a fledgling college needs. We also need to pay the upcoming faculty and staff (me!). Each new addition to the College will significantly enhance what we are able to provide for the current and future students (there’s a waiting list!).
So what I’m asking you to do right now is, after watching the video and seeing for yourself how important and timely Sphere College is, become involved in growing the College by clicking on the DONATE tab at the top of the page and either sending a check to the address provided or clicking on the PayPal link. It’s quite simple: we have demonstrated how much we can and will do with a small amount of funds; now YOU are the only ones who will truly make this work.
Your support is needed now and is greatly appreciated!