This third blog for the Clinton County Visitors Bureau concentrates on: Wilmington College's Lytle Creek Greenway, Agriculture , Sports Medicine, the Hazard Arboretum, record attendance of incoming students yet, cutting the cost of attendance by 16 percent, the College's new brand logo (Hands on Learning, the Wilmington Institute for Service and Engagement -WISE), the two new buildings under construction, and The Hales of Lytle Creek.
The Lytle Creek League of Conservators on Lytle Creek Day, the first Saturday of October, as decreed by Wilmington City Council, honored Dr. Monte Anderson as the Conservator of the Year and Harriett Clark as the Educator of the Year. Later on it will honor four generations of Hales who have lived on Lytle Creek and have made immense contributions to our city, county, and region. The Hale family moved to Lytle Creek more than 200 years ago when Wilmington was being founded. About 100 years ago an independent thinker emerged - Dr. Kelly Hale - who aspired to bring modern medicine to Clinton County. He would build his new Hale Hospital on Lytle Creek and plant an arboretum, which another century later, is still attracting visitors from a distance, who can pick up a receiving device of high quality at the Clinton County Visitors Center and access an audio tour which easily and professionally transmits wonderful insight into the natural hidden beauty they have come to see.
President Jim Reynolds and his wife Sue have worked very hard with a great staff to recruit
Wilmington’s largest incoming group of new students, beating a record set in 1947 when the
GIs came back in force from the 2nd World War. President Lyle Roelofs and his wife Lauren
have also worked very hard to achieve a record number of new students for Berea, an institution
which does not not charge tuition of any of its 1627 students.
The fourth blog will highlight the parallel successes of the three colleges which Ruth and Roy Joe Stuckey are championing. We have a grandson at the University of Rochester, a second one at Berea, and a Wilmington intern, Callie Eberhart, who has all the Berea marks of a volunteer who is quickly learning how to make a difference, but trying to do too much, as our archivist, secretary, and typist while starring as a dancer in a major play opening ( November 21 in Wilmington's Hugh G. Heiland Theater.
The Wilmington Institute for Service and Engagement (WISE) reflects similarities to Berea’s work program. Presidents Jim Reynolds and President Lyle Roelofs both took over their institutions from men who had served 16-18 years. Jim was inaugurated two years ago, Lyle, three years ago. I find many similarities between these two men. Both have enormous intellect, magnificent work ethic and bulldog commitment. Both are blessed with personable, highly educated wives who work as volunteers more than 60 hours a week, not only for their husbands’ careers but for the mission of the institution they serve. One difference is that Dr. Jim Reynolds is a first generation college man, while Dr. Lyle Roelofs is the son of a preacher and a teacher, both of whom grew up on Minnesota farms, but did have college degrees. Jim, who functioned as a University Dean in the Midwest, is a man of few words, who gives great credit to his father who served in the Marines and taught him, ” Jim, you play to win and you play fair.” Lyle came to Berea from serving as Provost at Colgate University and was before that a professor and an active researcher in theoretical physics at Haverford College.
The fourth blog will mention our grandsons’ Mother, Mary Newswanger, who is flying up from Costa Rica and we are almost certain she will be as inspired as are we with Berea and Wilmington work programs and similar missions of teaching bright people to make a difference. We like Rochester’s program of robotic engineering for Amos Newswanger and, down at Berea, we feel David Newswanger is fortunate because he is studying theoretical mathematics applied to sustainability of the environment, the same academic discipline in which Dr. Roelofs continues to take interest.
Visitors should go to the Boone Tavern and the crafts center, in order to experience Berea’s place as a world leader in innovative, experiential, higher education and they also should journey to Wilmington to see how it is inspired by Berea, and its success in emulating it.