“Creating Connections, Transforming Traditions”


[Week 4] Great American Picnic: Sunday, July 17. (Please consider volunteering at this event!)

[Week 6] Class of 2016 Vigil:  Sunday, July 31, 9:30 pm, Hall of Philosophy (Join the audience!)

Recognition Day: Wed, August 3, 9:00 am, Hall of Philosophy (Cheer on the new class!)

Our Class meeting:  TBA (Week 6 or Week 7)

[Week 8] Bryant Day:  Sat., August 13, 11:15 am, Miller Bell Tower. (Ring in the new reading year!)

President: John Steere (johnbow31@gmail.com)

Secretary: Joan Vondra (joanivondra@gmail.com)

Treasurer: Mary Bolton

Vice President: Lydia Strohl

Why Creating Connections, Transforming Traditions?

  • ~Creating Connections refers to coming together both at Chautauqua and as a CLSC class, as well as the fact that the CLSC tenets (history, literature, science & faith) are interconnected in life, especially at Chautauqua.
  • ~Transforming Traditions refers to rituals evolving with technology and the natural progression of time.


Our banner is the perfect example: the first digitally produced banner in CLSC history.

  • ~Each side of the banner is an individual tapestry woven with eight miles of cotton.
  • ~Both tapestries were designed on the computer, sent as JPEG files to Pure Country Weavers (Lynn, NC) and woven on German Jacquard looms, using the CMYK four color process.


The front of the banner contains the following elements:

  • ~Grapevine border: grapes are indigenous to this area and representative of the four grapevine arches we process through on Recognition Day.
  • ~Class Motto
  • ~The Golden Gate: Passing through on Recognition Day, we became “connected” as members of the CLSC Class of 2015. Hanging above the gate in the photo is the Vail flag. Dr. Vail, a member of the first CLSC class, went in search of the knowledge represented by the four tenets of the CLSC. His flag represents the 48 great educational and religious centers of Europe and Asia he visited throughout his travels in 1881-2, “creating connections” among these four tenets. It also serves as a reminder of “transforming traditions,” as today through technology we can connect with all these places without leaving home. This flag was actually used as the class banner, as Dr. Vail  promised to have it made on his travels.
  • ~Class Year

The back of the banner also includes:

  •    ~The four grapevine arches: Reflects the tradition of classmates processing through the grapevine arches (“creating connections”), representing the four tenets of the CLSC: History, Literature, Science & Faith.