A sparkling letter to the editor in the Spring 2005 Key Reporter [1] by W. Brent Eckhart applauds the newsletter for correctly referring to Miami University as simply "Miami University" and not Miami (Ohio), Miami of Ohio, etc. It must on occasion be frustrating to attend a venerable institution which has become so eclipsed in the public consciousness by a mammoth state school on the Atlantic coast—even though, as Eckhart notes of his alma mater, "Miami was a university when Florida still belonged to Spain."

But even more delightful than that factoid is the motto of Miami: Prodesse Quam Conspici, meaning "To accomplish rather than to be conspicuous". What an excellent goal!

(cf. NoTimeForThat (29 May 2001), EducationOfTheYouth (1 Dec 2001), PursuitOfExcellence (22 Feb 2002), LiberalArts (13 Mar 2003), SiMonumentumRequiris (4 Apr 2004), ...)

TopicLife - TopicEducation - TopicHumor - TopicLanguage - 2005-05-23

(correlates: SkillsOfDeliberation, EsseQuamVideri, JournalBearing, ...)