Spirit of Academic Innovation
Continues at Siena Heights
By Doug Goodenough
Creativity has always been a calling card in the Siena Heights classroom over the years.
In Siena’s earlier days, it was educating Adrian Dominican Sisters over the summer months to keep them teaching in elementary and high schools during the fall, winter and spring.
In the 1960s it was the genesis of the Creative Stages youth theater program that blazed new trails and connected education to performing arts like never before.
The 1970s had Siena Heights leaving the Adrian campus to teach adult and nontraditional students across Michigan and beyond.
Today, that spirit of innovation continues. One course fuses a familiar concept—food—with one a little harder to grasp—chemistry. Another combines the endless possibilities of creative writing with the new and evolving visual arts in a true liberal arts collaboration.
What it means for the Siena Heights student is learning in new—and sometimes fun—ways.