The Continued Celebration of the College’s 65th Anniversary
While the 65th anniversary has been recognized in many ways over the course of the year, the College decided to focus its celebration of this historic time through a series of major events and themes. The first celebration centered on the College’s core identity as a Catholic college. At our September Academic Convocation, we celebrated the Catholic intellectual tradition, which has been central to higher education for 800 years. Throughout the semester, through small group discussions and programs geared to our faculty, staff and students, we have continued to explore, discuss and reflect upon the meaning and value of Catholic higher education and the ways we can better live our mission through our academic and co-curricular programs.
We have also taken the opportunity this year to celebrate our commitment to service. One of the hallmarks of Anna Maria College has always been the willingness of AMC students and employees to share their time, talent and treasure with those in need beyond our campus. We view community service as more than an opportunity to help others, we believe that it is our responsibility.
Last week, the College invited the community to attend a special 65th Anniversary Christmas Concert. Zecco Auditorium was filled to capacity with students, parents/families, faculty, staff, Trustees, alumni and friends. We were entertained and uplifted by the extraordinary performances of our Chorus, Bel Canto Choir and Wind Ensemble.
The focus on our outstanding arts programs is a logical element of our 65th Anniversary celebration. Anna Maria was founded as a college of the liberal arts and was noted from its very beginning as a college with a very special music program. In fact, one of the first degrees offered to the women, who attended the College was a Bachelor’s in Music. Today, while we have added many degrees and programs of study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, we continue to be well known and highly respected for both our music and art programs. Many students major in these disciplines, as well as related applications like education, graphic design and music and art therapy.
As I meet and visit with our alumnae/i, I continually hear stories of the impact that the fine and performing arts had on their educational experience. In some cases, this was their focus of study and they went on to live lives that centered on the arts. But in many cases, their greatest memories of their AMC years relate to variety shows, concerts, exhibits and the experience of music in the life of the campus. A true liberal education fosters and develops an appreciation for the arts and the aesthetic. Anna Maria College has done this well for 65 years. And last week’s concert provided more evidence of the College’s commitment to the fine and performing arts.
So at this special time of the year as we prepare for the special celebration of Christmas, Anna Maria College also says once again … Happy Anniversary … but this time in music!
(As always, your comments and questions are welcome.)