Fulfilling our liberal arts mission

Dear Editor, As manufacturing jobs continue to disappear, a college degree is increasingly critical to social mobility. Additionally, the university is subject to increased pressures from all directions. Funding often comes with stipulations that privilege fiscal concerns over educational ones — … [Read more...]

Why liberal arts education is important

I attended the Faculty Forum last week, and I found it rather interesting. The panelists and audience discussed the importance of attending a liberal arts university, how to incorporate liberal arts into the world and other studies, cultural literacy, what can be done at the moment to incorporate … [Read more...]

Liberal arts education changes society

A hush fell over the room in Legacy Hall as Todd Giles, associate professor of English, began his introduction of the seven faculty members displayed at the front of the room. Each of these faculty members from various colleges expressed their praise of a liberal arts education, bringing more light … [Read more...]

Faculty forum ‘brings clarity to liberal arts identity’

The panel, "Implementing a Liberal Arts Education; Moving from concept to practice," which was held on Jan. 26 in Legacy Hall at 7-9 p.m., is only the second panel hosted on campus to discuss the uniqueness of a liberal arts education. Out of the decade that the school has been a part of the Council … [Read more...]

Faculty panel to discuss practice of liberal arts education

A panel of seven professors, one from each college, will come together for a discussion titled Implementing a Liberal Arts Education; Moving from concept to practice, in Legacy Hall on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.Todd Giles, assistant professor of English and panel moderator, said, "As an institution, we … [Read more...]

MSU: Texas’ only public liberal arts school

Passionate ballet dancers aspire to enroll at Julliard. And want-to-be lawyers are attracted to the Harvard appeal.For Midwestern State University, its identity is centered around being the only public liberal arts school in Texas and the only Texas school to be a member of the Council of Public … [Read more...]

I didn’t pick MSU because it’s a liberal arts college

By this point in time, the meaning of a liberal arts college has been repeatedly forced into one ear, and once this happens, you immediately try to push it back out the other. I get it: you don’t care. But it’s important to care. And on Sept. 3, Todd Giles organized a guest panel including … [Read more...]

200 discuss importance of liberal arts education

The first Faculty Forum event earlier this month at Shawnee Theatre greeted a full house. More than 200 students packed the theater to listen to a discussion by panelists from different colleges about the value of a liberal arts education.  The major topics of the evening included defining the … [Read more...]

Panel to discuss value of liberal arts

To clarify the meaning of a liberal arts education, Todd Giles will moderate a panel at 7 p.m., Sept. 10 in Shawnee Theatre. "My hope is that this panel will foster more public discussion on campus about MSU's COPLAC (Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges) mission and the value of a strong … [Read more...]

Shipley outlines goals at first faculty/staff meeting

In her first speech as University president, Suzanne Shipley asked a full house of faculty and community members to re-imagine Midwestern State. Shipley, at the Aug. 17 faculty/staff meeting, said her goals for the next year include supporting an outstanding learning environment, creating a … [Read more...]