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Founded in 1831 and focused then, as now, on preparing effective leaders and active citizens, Denison University holds a storied place on the landscape of American higher education. Among the earliest colleges to be established in the old “Northwest Territory,” beyond the Allegheny Mountains and north of the Ohio River, Denison University held its first classes during the presidency of Andrew Jackson. Denison’s founders were ambitious frontier people, determined to nurture leadership for education, commerce, religion, and government. For their initial guidance, they turned to graduates of Brown University in Rhode Island, which had a history of preparing clergy in the Baptist tradition for service in the West. First called the Granville Literary and Theological Institution, it soon took the name Granville College, and, in the mid-1850s, it was renamed Denison University, in honor of a key benefactor. At Denison, students have to step up—there's no hiding in the back of a 300-seat lecture hall, no anonymity, no flying under the radar. They matter as individuals, and they are prepared for lives of consequence by the best faculty—professors who know their stuff, know their students' names, and know how to inspire great things. And learning reaches outside the classrooms, labs, and studios, into the halls where students live, because this is a residential campus community, where students live and learn together, and where they embrace ideals of integrity, intellect, diversity, and respect for each other and the environment. The outcome is an old term that we take for granted: “well-rounded.” But consider what it means: Denison graduates have a voice. They can speak, write, listen, collaborate, innovate, take responsibility, solve, adapt, and lead. Americans change jobs, even careers, something like seven times during their lives—a number that seems likely to rise. The liberal arts' broad curriculum ensures that Denison graduates have studied across disciplines, so they are not narrowly trained in one field. And when the going gets tough, the tough get the best education and then go on to lead successful lives. At Denison University, the life of the mind merges with a life of action. In small classes, students learn directly from—and collaborate with—a dynamic and involved faculty. In their daily pursuits, they put that knowledge into motion, applying their liberal arts foundation locally and globally in service, commerce, and innovation. And so, as prepared and energized graduates, they become thought and action leaders in all walks of life. At the core of this experience is a set of rock-solid ideals: integrity, reason, scholarship, community, diversity, intellect, dignity, respect.
The following is the list of proceedings by scholars from Denison University that are published in OMICS International journals and conferences.