Liberalism is the dogged pursuit of free expression in the service of processes that advance human dignity. When Fernando Jones summoned the spirit of Frederick Douglass into the Lenfest Theater at the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center last Thursday night, I was reminded about the power of art to stimulate excellence. Ursinus College is a center for intellectual achievement that transforms the lives of its students, professors, and staff every day. If you have not been to campus recently or missed any of the events that have started the Spring semester, make an effort to connect with us soon. For educators, this message is especially important because the free, online application provides an opportunity for the best and brightest high school students to join this unique and extraordinary community. We need more paragons of colleges that changes lives, places that extend higher education beyond the standards of the Ivy League.