The Compass Launch
Editors Francesca Mayr and Gabby Thomas with Co-Director of the Honors Program Helene Klein. Photo credit: Jennifer Clark

Celebrating Scholarly Work with the Launch of ‘The Compass’

I’m thrilled that I can finally share the news with you.

The Compass, Arcadia’s scholarly journal, has officially launched! This week, The Compass hosted its launch party in the Beaver College Room in Landman Library where the Provost, advisers, writers, editors, and other interested students congregated to check out the new site on projection screens and hear a few words from our team. We mingled, munched on entirely too much coffee and cake, and chatted about ways to improve and grow the scholarly community we’ve created.

The first thing on our to-do list? Increase the number of schools represented in the journal. Our aim is to give exposure to research and ideas worth sharing. This aim is best served when the audience has access to the ideas of other academic communities and backgrounds. In this last issue, we published submissions from Arcadia University and Rutgers University. In coming issues, we strive to expand this to include other schools in our area and, slowly but surely, across the globe.

Celebratory Compass Launch Cake

Cutting the cake at the Compass launch. Photo credit: Jennifer Clark

What else can you look forward to for The Compass? So much! In the future we plan to accept research- and theory-based artwork, photography, and videos to showcase academia of all kinds. We are working to make all articles in the publication available in Arcadia’s digital repository, so the work can influence an even broader community. The Compass also is partnering with the Honors Program and the Academic Services Committee of the Student Government Organization to host the Exhibition for Academic Success in which students will be given a table. They can use this table in whatever way they think best showcases their research, classroom projects, academic service learning, or initiatives taken out of the classroom for an office on campus or an internship, etc. In essence, it’s an in-person platform for the kind of academic work The Compass showcases in writing and will be an exciting new venue for networking with, learning from, and encouraging one another.

I’m so thankful I’ve had the opportunity to shape The Compass as it exists today and that it will continue to grow in the future.  And I’m so glad that Arcadia places such a high priority on developing academic community and sharing knowledge gained through research and experience with the world at large.