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St. John's In the News

BLOG: “Lone Survivor: Free Officer and Free Citizen”
Annapolis President Nelson talks about the lecture series created in memory of alumnus LCDR Erik S. Kristensen, who led the rescue mission featured in the new film Lone Survivor.
Huffington Post, January 17, 2013

Guest Column by President Christopher Nelson,"Understanding King's Dream Through Education" 
Capital Gazette, January 6, 2014

WTOP: Travel and Leisure magazine ranks Annapolis as one of the top 20 college towns in the U.S. 
WTOP, December 6, 2013

AUDIO: “South Africans Mourn Mandela's Death, Celebrate His Life”
New York Times Johannesburg Bureau Chief Lydia Polgreen (A97) speaks with NPR about the life and legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela.
NPR, December 6, 2013

BLOG: “The Miracle of Imagination”
Annapolis President Nelson writes about rediscovery of wonder in a holiday post on his Huffington Post blog.
Huffington Post, December 2, 2013

Alumnus Warren Winiarski's Wine Among Smithsonian's “101 Objects that Made America”
Warren Winiarski (Class of 1953) is founder of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars and winemaker of the 1973 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that bested France’s wines in the historic 1976 Paris Tasting, the "Judgment of Paris." That win not only raised awareness of the quality of wine made in California, but of American wine in general. A bottle of Winiarski’s 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Smithsonian Magazine recently included that wine in its list of "101 Objects that Made America." Other items chosen from among the collections for this historic list include Neil Armstrong's spacesuit, Abraham Lincoln's top hat, Charles Lindberg's Spirit of St. Louis, and Lewis and Clark's compass. 
Smithsonian Magazine, November, 2013

"6 Non-Traditional Colleges That Just Might Be Your Perfect Fit
Teen Vogue, November, 2013

BLOG: “Investing in a Liberal Education?”
President Nelson blogs about Warren Buffett's investment advice and the value of higher education.
Huffington Post, October 3, 2013

"Colorful exhibit opens varied season for Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College in Annapolis" 
Capital Gazette, October 2, 2013

"Bookworm: Meet the Authors at St. John's packs plenty of literary punch " 
The Capital, October 2013

"At St. John's College, students, guests and faculty take a look at obscenity" 
St. John’s tutor and former trial lawyer William Braithwaite gives a lecture titled “Is Obscenity Obsolete?”
The Baltimore Sun, September 12, 2013

Keeping student loans affordable 
Baltimore Sun, September 10, 2013

RADIO: WYPR radio interview about St. John's College with Annapolis President Christopher B. Nelson
WYPR, September 10, 2013

Alumnus Owen Kelley (A93) gives lecture at Library of Congress
Owen Kelley (A93), research scientist with George Mason University at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, gives a lecture titled "Finding Hot Towers in Hurricanes" at the Library of Congress on September 10, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. The lecture will be free and open to the public.
Library of Congress, September 10, 2013

VIDEO: C-SPAN Rare books at St. John's College in Annapolis with President Christopher B. Nelson
C-SPAN, September 7, 2013

St. John’s College tutor gives talk on “Artistic Expression in Animals”
Santa Fe tutor Linda Wiener talks about her Friday night lecture at the Annapolis campus. 
The Capital, September 1, 2013

BLOG: “Flawed From the Start: The President's New Plan for Higher Education?”
President Nelson blogs about the dangers of evaluating higher education solely on numerical outcomes.
Huffington Post, August 30, 2013

BLOG: “The World's Longest Running Seminar on Free Government”
President Nelson blogs about the St. John's seminar.
Huffington Post, August 6, 2013

“Liberal Arts Value Goes Beyond Dollars”
Santa Fe President Mike Peters extols the virtues of higher education.
Huffington Post Blog, August 6, 2013

“St. John's rehabs 291-year-old building, constructs a new one”
On the Annapolis campus, a ribbon cutting for the new Hodson House; Admissions moves back into the renovated, historic Carroll-Barrister House. 
The Capital, June 18, 2013

Grownup camp: Learn to be a rock star, cosmonaut, more
San Francisco Gate, June 4, 2013

BLOG: “Is it worth it?”
President Nelson considers a question many ask during the graduation season. 
Huffington Post, May 22, 2013

St. John’s graduates carry on solemn tradition with a smirk 
On a Saturday evening in early February, seniors at St. John’s College lined up in the foyer of school President Michael Peters’ home in a sprawling adobe compound.
Santa Fe New Mexican, May 16, 2013

“A life surrounded by beauty”
President Chris Nelson at home with his art collection.
Annapolis Lifestyle, April 25, 2013

“Navy triumphs over St. John's in 31st annual Croquet rivalry”
Bucking a trend, the U.S. Navy triumphed over the favored St. John's College in a traditional match of croquet on Saturday.
Patch.com, April 22, 2013

PHOTOS: “St. Johns vs. Navy Croquet”
The Capital, April 21, 2013

“Navy topples St. John's in croquet match”
For only the sixth time in the 31-year croquet rivalry between St. John's College and the U.S. Naval Academy, the Midshipmen emerged victorious.
The Capital, April 21, 2013

AUDIO: WNAV interviews the St. John's Imperial Wicket
St. John's – U.S. Naval Academy croquet match interview with Imperial Wicket Drew Menzer (A13)
WNAV, April 19, 2013

“St. John's College students in Annapolis spread spirit spot video before croquet challenge”
“Dancing to last summer's hit song "Call Me Maybe," Johnnies created a "Spirit Spot" for the 31st annual croquet challenge against the Midshipmen.”
The Capital, April 19, 2013

AUDIO: WRNR interviews the St. John's Imperial Wicket
St. John's – U.S. Naval Academy croquet match interview with Imperial Wicket Drew Menzer (A13)
WRNR, April 18, 2013

“Top Billing: St. John's battles Naval Academy in croquet”
The Capital spotlights the annual St. John's – U.S. Naval Academy croquet match.
The Capital, April 18, 2013

“St. John's, Navy prepare for croquet showdown”
The croquet rivals prepare for their annual competition.
Patch.com, April 17, 2013

“A liberal, and liberating, education”
President Chris Nelson speaks about the value of a liberal arts education. 
The Hechinger Report, April 15, 2013

“Mids, Johnnies battle again for croquet's Annapolis Cup”
The Capital reports on predicting the outcomes of the 31st annual croquet match.
The Capital, April 11, 2013

St. John’s mentors aim to help elementary kids succeed
Students take part in a pilot mentoring program
Santa Fe New Mexican, April 8, 2013

“The fearless, risk-loving winemaker”
Former St. John's College tutor-turned-winemaker, Abe Schoener, is profiled in the New York Times.
The New York Times, April 7, 2013

“A tale of two colleges”
Students at St. John's and the U.S. Naval Academy are united in their common desire to defeat one another in their annual croquet match.
Annapolis.com, April, 2013

10 Great Summer Camps For Adults
Main Street, March 29, 2013

BLOG: “Lincoln and liberal education” 
President Chris Nelson discusses the scene in the film Lincoln in which the president draws upon Euclid'sElements, one of the foundation texts of the St. John's curriculum, to make some of the most important decisions in the U.S. Civil War. 
The Huffington Post, March 28, 2013

St. John’s College noted as a better option than Ivies for character in Tina Fey’s film, “Admission”
Salon, March 20, 2013

With costs rising, universities adapt to lure students
Maryland Gazette, March 20, 2013

St. John’s alumni winemakers among those at wine event
The Capital, March 20, 2013

Private colleges rebuilding endowments
Maryland Gazette, March 15, 2013

St. John’s alumnus is cofounder and CEO of Kitchensurfing
Boston Globe, February 26, 2013

Onstage: Three for four: Atrium String Quartet
Formed in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2000, the Atrium String Quartet went on to secure important international performance awards and a busy schedule of international concert bookings. St. John’s College presents the ensemble in the Great Hall in its Peterson Student Center (1160 Camino de Cruz Blanca, 984-6000) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22. 
Pasatiempo, February 22, 2013

Onstage: Whatever Lori/Lola wants: singer Lori Carsillo
The dynamic San Francisco singer Lori Carsillo is out front with John Trentacosta’s Straight Up combo at St. John’s College (1160 Camino de Cruz Blanca) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. 
Pasatiempo, February 15, 2013

St. John’s alumnus is a “remarkable individual”
Art Daily, February 11, 2013

“Five colleges misreported data to U.S. News, raising concerns about rankings, reputation” 
Many highly regarded schools acknowledged that they had submitted incorrect test scores or overstated the high school rankings of their incoming freshmen. Christopher Nelson, president, St. John’s College, Annapolis, a champion of liberal arts education, is among those who share insights. 
The Washington Post, February 6, 2013

“Classical curriculum: Steeped in tradition” 
St. John's is among those colleges who remain committed to a traditional liberal arts curriculum and continue to find success. 
University Business Magazine, February 2013

“Glen Burnie man mimes for God”
Gospel mine Jeremy Gainous performs in Annapolis for the first time as part of the sixth annual “Lift Every Voice” concert at St. John’s College. 
The Capital, January 15, 2013

“St. John's discussions honor King's legacy”
Panel discussion and community seminars explore protecting children in schools, and Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Where Do We Go from Here?” speech. 
The Capital, January 15, 2013

Alumnus at Honda speaks about fuel economy 
"We are going to redefine what a conventional vehicle is," says St. John’s alumnus (SF80) Robert Bienenfeld, senior manager, environment and energy strategy, American Honda Motor Co., at a recent symposium on fuel-economy. 
Wall Street Journal, January 14, 2013

“Veterans Tell Elite Colleges: ‘We belong’” 
Many veterans who enroll in elite institutions are finding that they belong. Liberal arts colleges, such as St. John's, are among those noted for their partnerships with neighboring military institutions. 
The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 7, 2013

St. John’s College among 14 small colleges noted for academics and campus life 
Daily Caller, December 12,2012

“Some private university presidents earn more than $1 million a year” 
The Washington Post reports on The Chronicle of Higher Education's compensation survey of college and university presidents.
The Washington Post, December 9, 2012

St. John’s College among “best colleges” in the U.S.
Factors considered include: academic rigor, freedom of inquiry and expression, quality of faculty, school reputation, and job prospects for graduates.
The Best Schools, December 4, 2012

“I got it! The wipers are working!”
"Liberal Education," the flagship journal of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, features an article by President Chris Nelson.
Liberal Education, Fall 2012

St. John's College tops in nation among students who earn humanities Ph.D.s
According to research by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in a study covering 2001-2010 and including more than 1,500 colleges and universities, St. John’s ranks first in the percentage of graduates who earned a doctorate in the humanities. 
Baltimore Sun, November 14, 2012

BLOG: “In the early admissions waiting room, fighting off jitters” 
New York Times blogger and high school senior includes St. John's among his top choice colleges --after alums help him discover the college. 
New York Times "The Choice", November 2012 (several posts)

“Child's Play: Civil War history comes alive at St. John’s College”
In conjunction the “Civil War Era Drawings” exhibition at St. John’s College’s Mitchell Gallery, a Civil War field hospital encampment is presented on the college’s campus. 
The Capital, October 25, 2012

“St. John's gallery plans Civil War weekend for families”
Civil War encampment is a way to enhance the “Civil War Era Drawings” exhibit, as well as commemorate the college’s role during the war. 
The Capital, October 25, 2012

“Teaching what you don't know”
We all know the disadvantages of teaching a subject as a content novice, but what are the advantages?
Readers share insights about St. John's College in response to this essay on teaching. 
The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 22, 2012

“St. John's graduate to lead Maryland Library Association”
Carrie Willson-Plymire (A96) says strong liberal arts focus of the college prepared her well for career. 
The Capital, October 16, 2012

“St. John's College assists students in financial hardship”
The Caritas Society is recognized for its $35,000 in grants to students this year. 
Baltimore Sun, October 11, 2012

St. John's at the first college fair in Sarajevo
St. John's among the liberal arts colleges features at the first College Fair in Sarajevo, held in Druga gimnazija on October 6, 2012, produced by FaceTV. (Bosnian version). 
YouTube, October 6, 2012

“US News best colleges: Maryland road trips”
US News tweeted this story, which features St. John’s College, and includes a photo of current student Lan Nyugen.
US News, September 17, 2012

“St. John's holds women's exhibit”
The Capital, September 17, 2012

“U.S. News college rankings get new scrutiny”
How much suspense can there be in a ranking that lists Harvard and Princeton as the best national universities, followed by Yale? Christopher Nelson, president, St. John’s College, Annapolis, and a spokesperson for liberal arts education, shares his insights. 
The Washington Post, September 12, 2012

“A celebration of learning”
Santa Fe New Mexican, September 12, 2012

"Never cured cancer or built a spaceship, but trying to capture a university's attention" 
The New York Times, September 10, 2012

“Caritas Society lives up to its name”
Outlook by the Bay, Fall 2012

Are we ready for myalmamater.com?: What will happen when colleges go digital?
Annapolis President Chris Nelson champions the classroom experience at St. John’s in an interview with The Baltimore Sun’s op ed columnist on the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project.
The Baltimore Sun, September 2, 2012

The Graduate Institute at St. John’s has been given the second highest ranking among MA programs in the country for its “contribution to the public good.”
Washington Monthly, September 2012

“Students return to St. John's College”
The Capital, August 24, 2012

“Freshmen find first day at St. John's 'scary,' 'exciting'”
The Capital, August 23, 2012

“St. John's welcomes slightly smaller freshman class”
Annapolis Patch, August 23, 2012

“Naval Academy, St. John's prepare for start of academic year”
The Capital, August 14, 2012

St. John's College among the "top 200 colleges" named by Forbes magazine
Forbes, August 1, 2012

CBS News looks into croquet as a national sport and interviews Thomas Myers (A11)
CBS News, Sunday Morning, July 15, 2012

Summer Classics program offers glimpse of St. John's curriculum
Santa Fe New Mexican, July 10, 2012

“Festive lawn party highlights croquet match”
Annapolis Lifestyle, June 30, 2012

New center at St. John's integrates living, learning
Winiarski Student Center will allow housing on campus for all undergrads
Santa Fe New Mexican, June 24, 2012

PODCAST: Alumnus interviews tutors David Townsend and Tom May at Piraeus 2012
Virtual Memories Blog, June 14, 2012

Non-traditional student recognized for St. John's College scholarship
Houston Style, June 1, 2012

St. John's College Alumni Association Reunion set for June 1-3
The Winfield Daily Courier, May 31, 2012

“St. John's College sends off another graduating class...” (Santa Fe)
Santa Fe New Mexican, May 19, 2012

Santa Fe Alumnus elected to Education Writers Association board
National EWA, May 19, 2012

PHOTOS: “St. John's College holds its 220th Commencement” (Annapolis)
The Capital, May 13, 2012

Santa Fe alumnus and academic head of NMSU history department goes on tour
The Las Cruces Bulletin, May 11, 2012

“Francis Scott was Key to the national anthem's creation”
Francis Scott Key's affiliation with St. John's College, Annapolis is highlighted in an article celebrating his role in military history. 
Examiner.com, May 10, 2012

Catholic school principal influenced by great books tradition
LagunaNiguelPatch, May 8, 2012

“Moving along from Dixon to D.C.”
St. John's College master's degree student is scooped up from retirement in Santa Fe to head back to D.C. to direct National Museum of American History. 
Santa Fe New Mexican, May 13, 2012

"John Gray to lead Smithsonian's National Museum of American History" 
Graduate Institute Eastern Classics student in Santa Fe is named director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. 
Los Angeles Times, May 9, 2012

Eastern Classics student chosen to lead National Museum of American History
The Washington Post, May 8, 2012

"Annapolis area residents to graduate from St. Johns College next Sunday" 
The Capital, May 8, 2012

"Many local colleges are still accepting applications for fall of 2012" 
Examiner.com, May 5, 2012

St. John's College noted as “one of the leading Great Books institutions in the country”
The St. John's reading list is used as an example in this article, “The Immersion Method -- I,” about the value of discussion-based education. The author points to St. John's as “an indispensable point of reference for all such programs.” 
Inside Higher Education, May 3, 2012

Tutor emeritus Carl A. Linden remembered for academic career
The Washington Post, May 1, 2012

PHOTOS: “St. John's / Navy Croquet Tournament”
Towne Social, April 30, 2012

“The Old-School President of St. John's College Embraces Technology... Slowly”
The Chronical of Higher Education, April 29, 2012

VIDEO: “St. John's-Naval Academy croquet match”
The Capital, April 29, 2012

St. John's opens 30th croquet meet with new fight song
The Baltimore Sun, April 29, 2012

“Get ready for Navy-St. John's croquet showdown”
The Capital, April 27, 2012

“'Wicket’ Tradition Celebrates 30th Year”
Annapolis Patch, April 26, 2012

“The Top 10 Nerdiest Colleges”
Huffington Post, April 25, 2012

PHOTO: Inaugural Bocce match between St. John's College and U.S. Air Force Academy
Santa Fe New Mexican, April 14, 2012

BLOG: “After 30 years of croquet, a new fight song for St. John’s” 
The Washington Post, April 12, 2012

“Wine, Etc.: St. John's graduate marketing wines from Georgia - the country”
The Capital, April 11, 2012

Alumnus Geremy McCoy's fine woodwork draws attention
The Washington Post, April 5, 2012

In Vino Veritas on LocalWineEvents.com
Local Wine Events, March 25, 2012

BLOG: In Vino Veritas highlighted by local blogger
Monica's Table, March 25, 2012

"Wine festival to benefit St. John's students" 
The Capital, March 13, 2012

AUDIO: WNAV interview on the Mitchell Gallery's Shaker art exhibit
Mitchell Gallery’s Shaker art exhibit interview with Lucinda Edinburg, art educator, St. John’s College and Christian Goodwillie, former curator, Hancock Shaker Village.
WNAV, March 9, 2009

Former Annapolis Assistant Dean Abe Schoener is academic turned vintner
Former Assistant Dean Abe Schoener will return to the college this March for the second time as an expert on wine, instead of as a tutor of the liberal arts. His appearance will be for the college-sponsored wine tasting In Vino Veritas.This WSJ article covers his transformation from academic to winemaker.
WSJ, March 5, 2009

St. John's College named one of "The Most Free-Spirited Colleges"
The Huffington Post reports on Inside College's list of those schools where students can "wear a tutu" if they want, and still be accepted as one of the gang. St. John's College's Annapolis and Santa Fe campuses are numbers 24 and 25 in the photo gallery.
Huffington Post, March 3, 2012

Arthur Frommer Online Recommends the St. John's Summer Classics Program 
According to his blog, the St. John's programs he has attended are "among the finest summer vacations that you might ever enjoy."
Frommers, March 2, 2012

AUDIO: WNAV interview with Capitol Steps organizers
Capitol Steps interview with Alex Fotos, Assistant Director of Annual Giving at St. John's College, and Martha Schwieters, Caritas Society of St. John's College
WNAV, February 27, 2012

BLOG: "In search of higher education's Best Picture"
St. John's College is named one of the "bright spots" in higher education, and playfully called "Best Foreign Language Film."
College Inc., February 27, 2012

Bloomberg cites St. John's College in an article about possible affirmative-action changes 
In an op-ed called "Campus Life, After Affirmative Action," Stephen Joel Trachtenberg uses St. John's College as an example of a college with a specific academic niche that is not seeking "one-dimensional" students. 
Bloomberg, February 27, 2012

"Exhibit highlights work, lives of Shakers"
The Capital, February 26, 2012

BLOG: St. John's named "a bastion of liberal education"
College Inc., February 22, 2012

"St. John's: No more bringing alcohol to annual croquet match"
The Capital, February 20, 2012

"Croquet – Yes, Booze – No!"
The Baltimore Sun / EyeonAnnapolis.net, February 17, 2012

BLOG: Local Food Movement Growing Big Time in Annapolis
St. John's College is featured for the efforts of its food service provider, Bon Appétit Management Company, toward local and sustainable food practices.
Greater Annapolis Patch, January 23, 2012

"Where We Live: A Liberal Arts Education"
Annapolis President Christopher B. Nelson is a panelist in “Where We Live: A Liberal Arts Education.” Read theaccompanying story on our website. 
NPR, January 17, 2012

"Child's Play: MLK Activities"
The Capital, January 12, 2012

"St. John's MLK celebration includes seminars on famous MLK speech"
The Capital, January 1, 2012

A group of local teachers attend St. John's College Executive Seminars in Annapolis
Georgetown Visitation Wicket, December 14, 2011

Annapolis President Christopher Nelson defends liberal arts in College Inc. guest blog
The Washington Post, December 2, 2011

"Liberal Arts College Graduates Feel Better Prepared for Life's Challenges, Study Finds"
College News, November 15, 2011

Mids, Johnnies enjoy sword play: Navy and St. John's have more than one athletic rivalry 
The Capital, November 15, 2011

St. John’s College, Santa Fe, Graduate Institute building (Levan Hall) wins LEED Gold certification
Santa Fe Reporter, November 15, 2011

Santa Fe President Delivered Keynote Address at Santa Fe Veterans' Day Ceremony 
On Friday, November 11th, St. John's, Santa Fe, President Michael Peters gave the keynote address at the Veterans’ Day ceremony in Santa Fe, and emphasized the need for shared sacrifice amongst the people of the U.S. when it comes to honoring soldiers in combat and veterans returning from service. The Santa Fe New Mexican covered the ceremony.
Santa Fe New Mexican, November 11, 2011

St. John's included in Huffington Post's article,"Colleges For Visionaries"
Huffington Post, October 24, 2011

"College's Faculty Is Packed With Scholars, but Experts Need Not Apply" 
New York Times, October 16, 2011

Remembering Martin Appell Dyer
Lawyer and fair-housing advocate was the first African-American to attend St. John's College in Annapolis
Baltimore Sun, September 19, 2011

St. John's College listed among "America's 25 Braniac schools"
Newsweek/The Daily Beast, September 14, 2011

St. John's tutor Andy Kingston shares his music, approach to jazz, and much more on Santa Fe public radio. 
St. John’s College, Santa Fe, tutor Andy Kingston was a guest recently on KSFR Radio’s The Jazz Experience with Arlen Asher. They discussed Kingston’s life, approach to jazz, and much more. They also shared several recordings of Andy Kingston and his band. Listen to the program here (thanks to KSFR and Arlen Asher for sharing this audio with us). 
KSFR, September 12 , 2011

St. John's College makes the “Most Rigorous Schools” List 
thedailybeast.com, September 2 , 2011

St. John's brings back student boxing club, dormant for decades
Baltimore Sun, September 1, 2011

Santa Fe President Michael P. Peters Interviewed in Forbes Magazine
Alumnus interviews St. John’s College, Santa Fe, President Michael Peters: James Marshall Crotty (SFGI02) wonders “is St. John’s College the antidote to what ails us politically, culturally, and educationally?”
Forbes.com, August, 2011

Santa Fe Radio Cafe features Salvatore Scibona
Santa Fe Radio Cafe, July, 2011

$11 million residential hall will allow school to house 80 percent of its students
Alumnus and donor Warren Winiarski was present at the cornerstone unveiling ceremony to commemorate the new building.
Santa Fe New Mexican, July 29, 2011

Salvatore Scibona: St. John's Was His Starting Out Point
The Albuquerque Journal North, July 28, 2011

St. John's College offers 'Life of the Mind' series
"College series allows students to stay immersed during summer"
The Baltimore Sun, July 7, 2011

A 'Sea Change' in Admissions
"...a guest post from John Christensen, outgoing director of admissions at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, who shares some thoughts on how his field is changing." 
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 29, 2011

Salvatore Scibona: 'Where I Learned to Read'
Alumnus Salvatore Scibona (SF97), one of The New Yorker's "20 under 40" up-and-coming fiction writers last year, tells how a St. John's College brochure from a high school classmate changed his life. 
The New Yorker, June 13, 2011

Bakersfield, CA television: Dr. Norman Levan honored by Santa Fe officials, St. John's College 
Dr. Norman Levan (SFGI74) was honored in Bakersfield, California on Tuesday, August 23rd, for his generosity to St. John’s College. St. John’s Vice President Jim Osterholt presented Dr. Levan with a “Muchas Gracias” certificate on behalf of the Santa Fe mayor and city council. 
KGET.com, August 23, 2011

At St. John's College, Bookworms Discover Their 'Inner Athlete'
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 2, 2011

St. John's College Croquet deemed a "sartorial marvel"
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 29, 2011

St. John's College's Leo Pickens Gives Commencement Address
The Huffington Post, May 20, 2011

St. John's College dean encourages students to decide their own paths
Santa Fe New Mexican, May 19, 2011

Who are the most influential college leaders?
Blog: College Inc. (Washington Post) May 16, 2011

"At St. John's, a defender of liberal arts" - President Christopher Nelson
The Washington Post, May 13, 2011

St. John's treasurer Bronte Jones talks to University Business about sound financial management.
University Business, March 2011

"What will they learn?"
St. John's College is cited by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for focusing on seven key areas of knowledge in their "What Will They Learn?" report.
American Council of Trustees and Alumni, March 8, 2011

"Speakers at House Hearing Assail Regulatory Burden on Colleges."
President Christopher Nelson discusses the extensive federal regulations in place for higher education.
Chronicle of Higher Education, March 4, 2011

Christopher Nelson is a national spokesperson for higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, March 4, 2011

Tecolote Program Inspires Teachers to Great Thoughts
Santa Fe New Meixican article showcases the Tecolote program on the Santa Fe campus.
Santa Fe New Mexican, February 14, 2011

President of Lynn University, a St. John's alumnus, revamps curriculum
In this article, "Ramping Up Rigor," Inside Higher Ed magazine describes the newly adopted curriculum standards at Lynn University, implemented by the university's President Kevin M. Ross, who was influenced by his graduate education experience at St. John's. The magazine discusses this move in contrast to recent concerns among higher education experts that adademic standards in colleges and universities have become dishearteningly low.
Inside Higher Ed, February 2, 2011


Previous "In the News" Articles

WBAL TVNovember 12, 2010

Arcadia the campus dog makes a television debut
WBAL TV got wind of the intriguing story of the Annapolis campus dog, Arcadia, (a.k.a. "Cadie") and brought out their cameras to get the details about this canine that "came with" a six million dollar donation that helped build one of the campus' newest dormitories.

Kiplinger'sDecember 2010

Kiplinger's cites liberal arts colleges as good values
Kiplinger's cites liberal arts colleges as good values, saying that after adjusting for inflation and financial aid, the net price for private college education has gone down from a decade ago. The publication lists St. John's Collegeamong its top 100 best value schools.

The CapitalSeptember 26, 2010

"Our Say: Kurdish school's priorities have a lesson for us"
Hometown Annapolis article shares an opinion about St. John's College's mission in liberal education: "St. John's President Chris Nelson addressed the question [of the importance of liberal arts] in his convocation address for this academic year. The practicality of a liberal arts education, he pointed out, is clearer when you see serious-minded people in a dangerous corner of the world betting the future of their nation on it."

WashingtonCityPaper.comSeptember 17, 2010

Washington Shakespeare Company's Sarah Barker (A98) will star in Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart
From October 21 through December 12, Ms. Barker will take the stage in a play about the 15th century power struggle between Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. In this article, Barker and her co-star Heather Haney, talk about how they landed their roles and even facetiously compare the female politics of the play with Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin.

Boston.comSeptember 3, 2010

Luke Kirkland (SF04) and Robert Peckham (SF07) featured with their band "Marconi" 
Luke Kirkland's music, developed over his years of travelling between Santa Fe, Boston, and other locations, reflects the depth and character of his adventures. He is joined by his fellow Johnnie, Robert Peckham, and a few other colleagues in the recording of Marconi's debut album called "Minutes to Manifest Destiny."

NewsweekSeptember 12, 2010

St. John's in List of Top 25 Diverse Schools 
Newsweek ranks St. John's College among the 25 most diverse schools based on "a broad view of related issues, including ethnicity, geographic origin, economic status, gender, and sexual orientation."

University of Iowa PressJuly 12, 2010

St. John’s Alum wins Iowa Poetry Prize
Lew Klatt, AGI'98, wins for Cloud of Ink: "The annual Iowa Poetry Prize, established in 1990, is one of the leading national poetry awards and is open to new as well as established poets."

The Princeton ReviewAugust 3, 2010

St. John’s College Named one of Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges in America”
Praised for its small classes, a supportive atmosphere, and a low student-to-faculty ratio, St. John’s College is again among the colleges included in The Princeton Review’s “373 Best Colleges in America.” The educational services company features St. John’s Annapolis and Santa Fe campuses in its annual college guide. Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review’s flagship college guide. The guide includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories.

My College GuideJune 22, 2010

"Great Books Colleges: What It Means and Who It's For"
My College Guide interviews admissions representatives from St. John's College and Thomas Aquinas College on what sort of a student is the right match for this off-the-beaten-path liberal arts education.

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Plans for new courtyard outside Randall Hall

The CapitalJune 23, 2010

New courtyard and more planned in Annapolis
Annapolis' local paper, The Capital, reports on St. John's College's plans for renovations to the quad, a new courtyard outside of Randall Hall, and a garden on King George Street, to include a medicinal plants garden for the study of plants mentioned in books in the program's reading.

The Huffington PostJune 1, 2010

Interview with Alumnus Kim Paffenroth (A88) on his book Gospel of the Living Dead
Alumnus Kim Paffenroth (A88) gives a personal history of his inspiration for his award-winning book Gospel of the Living Dead: George Romero's Visions of Hell on Earth (Baylor, 2006). He offers intriguing and unconventional answers to his interviewer's questions about the connections between his interests in Christian theology and the "living dead."

The New YorkerJune 14, 2010

Alumnus Salvatore Scibona (SF97) is named one of "20 under 40"
In the New Yorker's most recent cover story about today's the most promising young writers under 40, Alumnus Salvatore Scibona (SF97) has been featured in a Q & A session, along with the full text of his short story titled"The Kid." The editors explain in a related editorial that the purpose of the article is to highlight young writers that they believe will be "key to their generation."

Listen to Scibona on KSFR (mp3)

The Huffington PostMay 21, 2010

St. John's vies for #1 in a poll of "Top Non-Traditional Colleges"
In an interactive poll on colleges that break the educational mold, St. John's competes for the leading position with schools like Evergreen State College and Sarah Lawrence College. The playfully designed scale ranges from "Snooze" to "Crazy!"

The FinancialMay 17, 2010

"American Helping Georgia to Revive Traditions of Liberal Education"
New Gelati Academy at Grigol Robakidze University in Georgia models itself after St. John's College in pursuit of intellectual vibrancy.

The CapitalMay 17, 2010

"St. John's holds 218th Commencement"
"Bells clanged in the tower of McDowell Hall as family members and friends gathered on the front lawn of St. John's College for the 218th commencement at the 314-year-old institution Sunday..."

The CapitalMay 14, 2010

"St. John's College graduation Sunday"
Senior Matthew Kalkavage talks with The Capital about graduation, military service, and marriage... to another Johnnie.The Capital reports that he and other seniors are preparing for their commencement into a full future in the world outside of St. John's.

Washington PostMay 3, 2010

"Some colleges are opting out of magazine's annual survey"
"A small but determined group of college presidents is boycotting one of higher education's little-known spring rituals: the practice of lobbying each other for better 'peer assessments' in pursuit of a higher spot in the coveted rankings compiled annually by U.S. News & World Report..."

Washington Post - College Inc.May 2, 2010

"Lobbying for a better U.S. News ranking"
Washington Post's Daniel de Vise says that a handful of college presidents, including St. John's College's, refuse to participate in a kind of popularity contest that increases college rankings with U.S. News & World Report.

Askwith ForumApril 22, 2010

"Whither the Future of Higher Education"
Annapolis' President Nelson spoke on March 11, 2010 at the Askwith Forum, hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, on the future of higher education. Full video of the speech is available.

The CapitalApril 18, 2010

"Rite of spring: St. John's crushes Navy at croquet"
This year, as in most years, St. John's College's croquet team, led by the famous "Imperial Wicket," gave the Navy team a taste of true Johnnie sportsmanship with a win that would make any sports team proud.

The CapitalApril 11, 2010

"Johnnie-Mid Seminar breaks social impasse in Annapolis"
In one of several long-revered annual traditions between St. John's College and the neighboring Naval Academy, groups of scholars from both institutions gathered for a St. John's style seminar to discuss a student-chosen text and engage the bright minds from "the other side of the street."

My College GuideMarch 26, 2010

"Final exam? Not for Seniors at this college"
My College's Guide's blogger discusses the fact that at St. John's, students do not take final exams.

The Learning ChannelApril 21, 2010

St. John's Alumna featured on The Learning Channel
Alumna Leah Fisch, a professional reorganizer, will have her television debut at 10 p.m. Sunday, April 25, on The Learning Channel. Check your cable listings! Fisch will be featured on the show “Hoarders: Buried Alive!” For more on Fisch and her business, visit www.leahfisch.com. Fisch spent time on both the Annapolis and Santa Fe campuses.

Washington Post - College Inc.April 11, 2010

Washington Post reporter explores similarities between Johnnies and Mids
When Washington Post Higher Education Reporter Daniel DeVise came to St. John's to attend a joint seminar between students of St. John's and the U.S.Naval Academy, he found how much the two institutions have in common.