The focus of the outreach is to instill a sense of personal responsibility in members of the WRA community--for the environment, for each other and for those outside the walls of WRA. Outreach allows students to realize that the power to make a difference comes as a result of leadership. The effects of such power can be seen most significantly in community service.
Ellen C. Long Study Abroad (ELISA) Program
ELISA is a fully-funded summer home stay program of language immersion and cultural enrichment offered to qualified WRA students. The program is intended for sophomore students who have successfully completed a second year of language study and who have best exemplified the spirit of Ellen C. Long through their performance, effort and keen interest in the language and culture.
ELISA was named in honor of the late Ellen C. Long who demonstrated a life-long commitment to building bridges among cultures and peoples through her dedication, sensitivity to and appreciation of different languages and cultures. Thanks to the support and the generous donation of Dr. Dixon Long '51, ELISA has traveled to Costa Rica, France, Rome and Germany.
The Burton D. Morgan Foundation established a fund to underwrite on-campus visits by speakers from the fields of economics, finance and banking, philanthropy, commerce and industry, and successful entrepreneurs. The purpose of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation Lectures is to ensure that Reserve students are exposed to successful people from different professions so that students might learn by example and experience. The most recent Morgan Speaker was John Dearborne,
The Keir Vivienne Marticke ’02 Speaker Series was established in 2005 in Marticke’s memory. Supported by the generosity of the Marticke family and the Pioneer Women of Reserve, the Marticke Fund was established to bring renowned speakers to the WRA campus. Our most recent Marticke Speaker was Capt. Lee Morin '70.
In 1975 James L. Knight ’29 and Mary Ann Knight established the Knight Fellowship so WRA might annually host a Knight Fellow. Each year, through this special program, the Academy brings to campus for the week a guest speaker who is an expert in his or her chosen profession and possessed of broad interests, a vital personality and an ability to provide for a memorable visit for students. The most recent Knight Fellow was Jude Kearney '76, partner in the law firm of Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C.