by Andrew Marchev, staff writer
After a brief introduction of Caucus procedure for students new to Caucus, the co-conveners asked for reports from committees. Work programs committee, Service committee, Academic committee and Buildings and Grounds committee, among others, reported on their progress within their respective meetings.
The meeting then continued with a presentation by the new director of spiritual life, Dr. Brian Ammons, who described his philosophy, his job description, what he hopes to do at the school.
Ammons talked about the importance of spirituality in academic life, stating that “spirituality is the part of a learning community that is about unknowing”.
He emphasized inclusion of different faith traditions, as well as people who do not identify themselves with a tradition, as an important part of spiritual life here on campus, and named various faith groups and events on campus.
Ammons also encouraged students to reach out to him. He offered help in finding spiritual groups, starting new spiritual groups, as well as help for students wishing to connect with groups off campus. Ammon explained that he also offers one-on-one pastoral counseling as part of his job. Pastoral counseling is a chance for a student to speak with Ammon about any spiritual questions or concerns a student might have, as well as any concerns that might not fit easily into counseling.
After Ammon’s presentation, the co-conveners opened up the meeting to announcements. After announcements, Caucus was adjourned.