While the summer months thankfully offer well-earned opportunities for increased family time, vacation, and relaxation, a number of Heights faculty members also devote time to educational and professional pursuits. Continuing professional development and study is highly encouraged among The Heights faculty. To teach more effectively, a deep passion for the subject matter fueled by continuing learning is essential.
Both John Paul Lechner and Tom Cox are each pursuing an MA in Liberal Arts at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland; Colin Gleason is also pursuing a Masters in Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University. He thoroughly enjoyed a class this summer held in Acadia, Maine, on the literature of New England. Alejandro Berthé was recently accepted into the Fellowship Program at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in Washington, DC. Joe Bissex took classes towards an MA in Theatre Education at The Catholic University of America (CUA), and Roger Naill continued classes for a Masters in Moral Theology from the Notre Dame Graduate School at Christendom College.
On the professional front, Dr. Mehan has recently completed an article to be published this winter in Moreana, the international journal of Thomas More studies. The article helps readers to understand the use of Thomas More’s and Seneca’s teachings on leadership in the play Sir Thomas More, co-written by Shakespeare. Dr. Lionel Yaceczko taught a course this summer at CUA on Cicero’s De Amicitia (On Friendship). Meanwhile, Tom Longano continued work on a fantasy trilogy he is writing, and has also begun to write a children’s series about a school for boys.
Education is best understood as a lifelong endeavor, a quest for wisdom which does not cease upon receiving a university diploma. The men of The Heights take to heart the words of Plutarch, “the mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”