Wyoming Seminary recently earned Global Membership for Round Square (www.roundsquare.org) — an international, diverse network connecting and collaborating 200 like-minded schools to offer world-class programs.
Sem is the only Round Square school from Pennsylvania and has been a member since 2016. All schools that join the Round Square community begin as Candidate Schools for a period of up to two years before being considered for Global Membership status.
Global Membership increases the range of opportunities for student exposure to the Round Square IDEALS (Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership, and Service).
As a Global Member, Sem will play a full part in the activity and development of Round Square, including participating in and hosting Round Square regional and international conferences. In addition, Sem will have the opportunity to engage and offer training and professional development with other Round Square schools, staff exchanges and alumni engagement.
Student opportunities will be available to engage with the Round Square ideals via conference participation, service project activities and exchanges.
Round Square membership affirms Sem's historic commitment to teach its motto of "Verum, Pulchrum, Bonum" or "The True, the Beautiful and the Good." "We are thrilled to join this extraordinary international network of the world's leading schools. This builds upon our legacy of global education and our commitment to serving others. We look forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world to the Wyoming Valley and to bringing our day and boarding students to hands-on community service projects across the globe," Rea said.
Wyoming Seminary was selected for Round Square membership after a rigorous nine-month process involving a three-day site visit and extensive interviews of multiple school constituencies. "Membership provides Sem students and faculty a ticket to engage all over the world with the finest international schools, and gives our school the opportunity to bring cutting-edge educational ideas and bright visitors from around the world to enrich our Wyoming Valley campus," said Sem Trustee Jon Greenwald '60.
Greenwald, along with Rea, two Upper School students, and a faculty member attended the 50th anniversary international Round Square conference in Guby, Germany in October 2016.
Seen is the group that attended the Round Square Conference in Guby, Germany in October, 2016. From left: Global Languages teacher Jill Stretanski, students Molly Leahy '19 and Tara Hohn '18, Sem President Kevin Rea, and Trustee Jon Greenwald '60.