MEETING OF THE MARIANIST EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATES
April 13, 2010, 6:50 pm – 8:00 pm, Marianist Hall
Members Present: Bro. Jerry Bommer, Barb Belle, Val Coleman, Bro. Frank Damm, Mike Fassiotto, Peggy Friedman, Mike Haisen, Sharon LePage, Yukio Ozaki, Kay Stone
Bro. Jerry quoted from the Characteristics of Marianist Universities and led us in prayer:
“Marianist spirituality has resulted in an approach to education that emphasizes a teacher being truly present to students, not only teaching them but loving and respecting them. Such teachers expect of their students both competence and compassion, both a solid grasp of subject matter and a living awareness of the inescapable moral and spiritual dimensions of education and life.
Following Chaminade, Marianists have also always attempted to make their educational institutions genuine communities. To bring and hold these communities together, Chaminade held up the ideal of “family spirit” of religious and lay persons, faculty and students, working together to achieve lasting relationships of friendship and trust, supporting and challenging each other in developing their mutual gifts. Leaders of such communities, religious and lay, must see their work not merely as a job but as a ministry of love and service. They do not simply mark time together; rather, they are passionate about their work.
Finally, Marianist educational communities exist not simply for the sake of their members, but to enable them to share their gifts with the world. As Marianist spiritually seeks to integrate knowledge and virtue, Marianist education seeks to help students see their capabilities and competencies as means of service to others.”
ALIVE article, “Listening to an Inner Voice” by Jan D. Dixon (Spring 2010)
Chaminade belongs to the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE). MEAs were asked to read the article for discussion of how to foster vocation awareness on campus.
Readings (courtesy of Barb):
Estanek, S., Meyer, R., Wankel, L., & Wright, E. (Eds.). (2008). Reading the Signs: Using Case Studies to Discuss Student Life Issues at Catholic Colleges and Universities in the United States. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.
Benne, R. (2001). Quality with Soul: How Six Premier Colleges and Universities Keep Faith with Their Religious Traditions. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (Sullivan Family Library LC427 .B45 2001)
Chickering, A.W., Dalton, J.C., & Stamm, L. (2006). Encouraging Authenticity and Spirituality in Higher Education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Higher Education Research Institute. (2004). The Spiritual Life of College Students: A National Study for Students’ Search of Meaning and Purpose. Los Angeles, CA: Author.
Freitas, Donna.(2008). Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America's College Campuses. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, Inc. (Sullivan Family Library ebrary ebook)
Bro. Jerry reported that there is difficulty in finding and using the blog. Suggestions include putting it with the Feast Days or a teaser like “Read what Kapono Ryan says.” Mike F. said a WASC member suggested “Talk to the Rector” button. Sharon can set this up on the Rector’s page (email to Rector).
Bro. Jerry thanked Mike F. and Barb. Current adjuncts were invited. Please send Bro. Jerry any ideas for improvement.
Videoconference with Fr. Jack McGrath
Jon Nakasone is setting up the videoconference on Monday, June 7, 2010. Fr. Jack will talk about where he sees the MEAs going and MEAs will be able to respond. Bro. Jerry reminded everyone to take the survey.
Fr. George Cerniglia’s talk
Peggy asked if Fr. George’s February talk can be posted/distributed; Bro. Jerry will contact him. Fr. George will be at Chaminade next year and will become Rector in 2011.