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Malone University to host national gathering of Friends Association of Higher Education –FAHE- June 20-23

March 26, 2013 | Release # 6576

Malone University will host the 33rd annual conference of the Friends Association of Higher Education (FAHE) June 20-23 on the campus located at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton. The theme for the 2013 conference is "Holistic Education: To What End?" The conference will explore the following queries:

  • As distinctly Quaker institutions and educators, what are we educating our students for?
  • What does Pendle Hill have to do with Athens?
  • In what ways do Quaker testimonies and practices facilitate a holistic approach to education?
  • How might our students imagine higher education as something more than the acquisition of a professional skill set?
  • How are Quaker testimonies and practices expressed within the classroom and beyond at our institutions?
  • Whether we teach at institutions that are private or public, or are affiliated with Friends or not, how do we challenge and engage students who represent a broad spectrum of intellectual talents...from the academically-disengaged to the academically-focused and gifted?
  • What is or can be a distinctively Quaker educational experience, no matter what branch of the Religious Society of Friends one's institution or an individual might represent?
  • Why might a Quaker education matter to those who are not part of the Friends tradition?How do we live and learn together within our campus communities?

The conference is open to faculty at Quaker institutions, Quaker faculty at non-Quaker institutions, and anyone with an interest in the Quaker heritage. On-site coordinator and member of the FAHE Program Committee for the conference is Jacci Welling, Ph.D., professor of history at Malone University.

Malone faculty and administrative members presenting at the conference include:

  • Jay Case, Ph.D., professor of history
  • Brenda Stevens, director of multicultural services
  • Charles Lartey, Ph.D., director of assessment
  • David Hahn, Ph.D., chair, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and professor of mathematics
  • Steven Jensen, Ph.D., professor of English; Scott Waalkes, Ph.D., professor of international politics
  • Marcia Everett, Ph.D., professor of communication arts and director of The College Experience
  • Cherie Parsons, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and director of composition
  • Laura Foote, instructor of management studies
  • President David King, serving on a presidents' panel

Member institutions include:

  • Barclay College, Haviland, Kan.
  • Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Penn.
  • Carolina Evangelical Divinity School, High Point, N.C.
  • Earlham College, Richmond, Ind.
  • Earlham School of Religion, Richmond, Ind.
  • Friends University, Wichita, Kan.
  • George Fox University, Newberg, Ore.
  • Global College of Long Island University, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Haverford College, Haverford, Penn.
  • Malone University, Canton, Ohio
  • Pendle Hill, Wallingford, Penn.
  • Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Penn.
  • Whittier College, Whittier, Calif.
  • William Penn University, Oskaloosa, Iowa
  • Wilmington College, Wilmington, Ohio
  • Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom

The Purpose of the Friends Association of Higher Education is to strengthen the Quaker mission in Higher Education by:

  • Providing a supportive relationship and opportunities for fellowship among all who share Quaker ideals of higher education, whether on Quaker or non-Quaker campuses.
  • Enhance member's appreciation of Friends religious heritage and nurturing the individual and corporate search for Truth.
  • Lending support to the Quaker ideal of integrating spiritual commitment, academic excellence, and social responsibility.
  • Lending support and encouragement to scholarly research directed toward perceiving and achieving a more perfect human society.
  • Helping to clarify and articulate the distinctively Quaker vision of higher education, in terms of both curriculum and teaching.
  • Assisting Friends Colleges in their efforts to affirm their Quaker heritage.
  • Fostering greater communication and cooperation among Friends educational institutions and the various Friends constituencies to which they may be connected.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2015 


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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