As its third year of classes begins, Patrick Henry College's student body will jump from 155 to over 200. A new residence hall, with classrooms and faculty offices in the basement, is under construction.
Room for 45 New Students
Completion of a new dorm in December will enable Patrick Henry College to admit a special freshman class of 45 students who will begin in January 2003. These students can finish their degree in 31/2 years. Applicants who will complete their high school credits by the end of the year should apply immediately! Contact Bob Beavin or Rachelle Bigger in PHC Admissions at 540.338.1776 or request information at: www.phc.edu/admissions.
In addition, the college welcomes six new faculty members.
Dr. Jennifer Gruenke, Assistant Professor of Biology
PHC's first homeschooled faculty member, Dr. Gruenke was educated at home in Alaska for kindergarten, 3rd grade, and 6th grade, attending private and public schools during other years. "Homeschooling was overall my favorite mode of education," she says. "I learned more, and contrary to popular belief, I had more interaction, not less, with other children."
Dr. Gruenke holds a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Virginia. She arrived just after the American Academy for Liberal Education denied PHC accreditation, citing the teaching of literal six-day creation as truth. The college is appealing that ruling.
"[AALE's denial is] disappointing, but hardly surprising." Dr. Gruenke said. "I hope to provide a classroom environment where different ideas can be discussed rationally."
Dr. Dennis Hensley, Director of the Writing Track, Adjunct Associate Professor of English
Dr. Hensley joins the Classical Liberal Arts department this fall as the off-campus Director of the Writing Track. He will oversee writing projects and arrange internships with publishing houses and magazines. Several times a year, he will visit the campus to hold weekend workshops for student writers.
Dr. Hensley has a wealth of experience to offer. He founded and continues to head the writing program at Taylor University in Indiana. He is the author of six published novels and 27 non-fiction books, including How to Write What You Love and Make a Living at It, which is a required text for this fall's Non-Fiction Writing class. He has also written 154 short stories for literary quarterlies and trade magazines, and more than 3000 articles in such leading publications as Vital Christianity, Reader's Digest, and the Indianapolis Star.
Linda McGinn, Instructor of English
Currently completing her M.A. in journalism at Regent University, Linda McGinn also has considerable practical experience in writing and communications. Most recently, she has been Director of Alumni Relations at Mars Hill College. She has written a number of books and articles including Prayers Jesus Prayed: Study Guide, Dancing in the Storm: Hope in the Midst of Chaos, Investing Your Life in Things that Matter, and The Strength of a Woman.
This fall, Ms. McGinn will be teaching English Composition for the freshman class and Non-Fiction Writing for junior Classical Liberal Arts majors in the creative and professional writing track.
Dr. Mark Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Mitchell will be teaching Logic during the fall semester, and Philosophy in the spring. He earned an M.A. in Philosophy from Gonzaga University and a Ph.D. in Political Theory from Georgetown University.
Dr. Mitchell has done post-graduate studies with the Liberty Fund, an educational foundation that holds academic conferences on history, government, and literature as they pertain to the concept of liberty. In 2000, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute awarded him the Weaver Fellowship for teachers dedicated to preserving a free society through a classic liberal education.
Dr. Gregory Smith, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Smith holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Florida State University. He has taught in the philosophy departments of FSU and the University of Miami since 1994. This fall, he will be teaching Rhetoric.
Mr. Leslie Sillars, Director of Journalism Program and Instructor
Mr. Sillars is working on his Ph.D. in Journalism from the University of Texas, where he studied with Marvin Olasky, editor of World magazine. He is Mailbag Editor at World and teaches at the World Journalism Institute. His articles have appeared in the Washington Times, World, Reader's Digest, and the Calgary Herald.
He will be teaching several classes for the Government program's journalism track and will also oversee the student newspaper.