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Lander, Wyo., Sep 22, 2013 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As a new academic year begins, Wyoming Catholic College’s new president believes that his school offers students an education meant to integrate all aspects of the human person, allowing an openness to God.
“The physical, the poetic mode of education – the physical formation of students here – opens their hearts further, not only to the will of God for their life, but also for the intellectual, academic rigor that follows,” college president Kevin Roberts told CNA in a September interview.
He said that a “lack of engagement with God’s first book” – nature – is among the “crises facing modern society.” Part of Wyoming Catholic’s mission is to correct the tendency to “simply not appreciate enough” the natural beauty that is around us.
Wyoming Catholic was founded in 2007 to provide a liberal arts education that forms the whole human person in all his aspects – physical, spiritual and intellectual. The school is unique, even among Catholic liberal arts schools, for its inclusion of the physical: the curriculum includes a three-week camping trip, and horsemanship as well.
This “poetic mode” of education, which appeals to both the exterior and interior senses, and which also includes an emphasis on poetry and its memorization, is “so important for the development of the intellectual and moral virtues later on,” added Robert Carlson, who helped found the school along with Father Robert Cook, a priest of the Diocese of Cheyenne, and Bishop David Ricken, who was Bishop of Cheyenne from 2001 to 2008.
The vision for formation and education at Wyoming Catholic College is indebted to John Senior, who with Dennis Quinn and Frank Nelick ran the Integrated Humanities Program at the University of Kansas during the 1970s. Graduates of the program include Bishop James Conley of Lincoln and Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City.
As a graduate student, Carlson worked with Senior on the program.
“I learned a tremendous amount about education, and what it should and should not be, experiencing those three professors.”
While teaching at Casper College in Wyoming, Carlson explained that he “became friends with Fr. Bob Cook and Bishop Ricken, and we spent a lot of time together, over pasta, and wine, et cetera, discussing education, and they of course were introduced to this Integrated Humanities Program and John Senior, and I got them quite excited about it.”
Senior, Carlson explained, is the “immediate cause (Read More)