Media Coverage 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.
WBAL TV November 12, 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 College among its top 100 best value schools.
Kiplinger's December 2010 


"Our Say: Kurdish school's priorities have a lesson for us"
A 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."
The Capital  September 26, 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.  September 17, 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."  September 3, 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."
Newsweek  September 12, 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.
The Princeton Review  August 3, 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.
My College Guide  June 22, 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 Capital June 23, 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 Huffington Post  June 1, 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 New Yorker  June 14, 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 Huffington Post  May 21, 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 Financial  May 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 Capital  May 17, 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. 
The Capital  May 14, 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  May 3, 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.
Washington Post - College Inc.  May 2, 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.
Askwith Forum  April 22, 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 Capital  April 18, 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."
The Capital  April 11, 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. 
My College Guide  March 26, 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 Fisch spent time on both the Annapolis and Santa Fe campuses.
The Learning Channel  April 21, 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.
Washington Post - College Inc.  April 11, 2010