Author: Maeve Benz

Institutional Planning

Conversations with Volunteer Interns Now that Quest has entered its second decade, the University has begun its second Institutional Planning cycle (IP), an ongoing process set to take place over the next five years. The IP seeks to evaluate Quest’s current internal and external status, and establish institutional goals. The process began with the update of the University’s Mission, Vision, and Values statement in the spring of 2017, and was followed by a series of events in the fall aimed at gathering feedback about Quest’s next decade from students, alumni, faculty, staff, and other interested parties – events otherwise known as Destination Quest. Quest’s IP cycle consists of four phases: Prepare, Plan, Do, and Review. The University is currently in the the first phase of this cycle – Prepare – which is comprised of three steps: the renewal of the Mission, Vision, and Values Statement, Destination Quest, and an environmental scan to evaluate the University’s internal strengths and weaknesses.    Since December 2017, several students have completed their experiential learning requirements through internships with Quest’s …

What Happens

In some American town, there’s a house with a sagging, garage-sale mattress inside a bedroom.  On the mattress there’s a girl drinking a milkshake she bought from a lousy diner down the street.  It’s thick and strawberry-flavored, like some children’s toothpaste.  The windows are painted shut and the AC broke and the girl feels like she could sweat off her body.  There’s an electric fan in one of the unopened boxes in the hall, but the girl doesn’t know which box, so she doesn’t look.  A colony of ladybugs emerges from a crack in the ceiling, seeking asylum from the heat.  They won’t find it here.  The girl holds the cold Styrofoam cup to her forehead.  Only fifty-two more days of summer left.   Across the road – now a sparkling, squishy mess of hot tar stripes – there’s a blue box house.  Its yard looks more like a meadow.  No one’s cut it for years.  Dandelions and saplings and full beds of poison ivy spill over one another, vying for sunlight or relaxing into …