“More than anything else, being an educated person means being able to see connections that allow one to make sense of the world and act within it in creative ways. Every one of the qualities I have described here—listening, reading, talking, writing, puzzle solving, truth seeking, seeing through other people’s eyes, leading, working in a community—is finally about connecting.” – William Cronon, “Only Connect: The Goals of a Liberal Education”
THE GOAL of the OWU Connection is providing multiple opportunities for our students to cross boundaries and to discover how seemingly disparate areas relate and connect. Students will seek out and discover intellectual, personal and global intersections. Having found these areas of intersection, the students will bring background, skills, confidence and curiosity that will allow them to explore a new path. They will then be positioned to ask penetrating, informed, and incisive questions, and to seek answers to those questions.
In addition to the components of The OWU Connection shown in the left task bar, students are encouraged to bring theory to practices through Student Independent Projects. Theory-to-Practice grants may enable some of these SIP experiences, but many other venues provide this enrichment as well: independent research, study abroad, production of a significant work of art or performance, or an internship.