Creating Connections, Transforming Traditions

The CLSC class of 2015 is looking forward to another wonderful reading season at Chautauqua this upcoming Summer! We encourage members to check out the CLSC/Literary Arts page of the Chautauqua Institution website ( to see the current CLSC book selections for this year. The books look fantastic and hopefully will provide us opportunities for several engaging discussions! We also encourage members to update their reading list at the Veranda this summer so that we can continue to have Class of 2015 members achieve their graduate level seals with the alumni association at Recognition Day.

The officers are currently working on the planning of several “Books and Tea” events that will be held this upcoming Summer. The class began having these social events last season and these meetings proved to be wonderful opportunities for class member to get together and have engaging discussion centered around themes within the CLSC titles. These events were held in Alumni hall and the officers are planning to hold these events in Alumni Hall once again. Please be on the look-out for an e-mail blast from the officers announcing the dates and times of these fantastic events!

We are also looking for class members to march with us in the Recognition Day parade in August. Last year we had a wonderful showing with almost all class members proudly displaying their brand new purple Class of 2015 t-shirts and chanting loudly our class yell about “Creating Connection and Transforming Traditions!” At the parade, we were lead proudly by our wonderfully crafted class banner. If you haven’t had the chance to see it, we encourage you to stop by Alumni Hall and take a glance at it. It is an amazing piece of craftsmanship! Some pictures from the parade this past Summer are included below! Furthermore, we will also be looking for volunteers to help out with” hospitality” responsibilities during the Recognition week. This will mean us helping with vigil preparation, and other aspect of “hospitality” around Alumni Hall.

The officers want to hear from our membership at any point with suggestions and thoughts about the upcoming reading season or events being planned, so please do not hesitate to reach out to one of the officers (John, Lydia, Missy or Joan) if you wish.

Thank you and please, KEEP READING!!

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/Class Year

~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.

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.


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