Philosophìa Krateìto Photôn

Phi Kappa Phi’s name is from the initial letters of the Greek words forming its adopted motto: Philosophìa Krateìto Photôn,

“Let the love of learning rule humanity.”


I was mesmerized by a guest speaker, and honored guest, Dr. Alison Baski, Executive Associate Dean and Professor of Physics College of Humanities and Sciences. Her life story embodied the love of learning. She spoke of a high school physics teacher who passionately sparked the interest of three young people in their junior year, one of them being herself, to understand the importance and joy of physics. They all three went on to obtain their PhD in their specific area of physics. Much later in life, they all ended up working on the same research project.

I have a junior in high school. She sat there and listened to Dr. Baski enthralled to the point of grabbing my hand to hold it. We all know that moment that you have so much emotion you want to share it with someone. My emotions were tied to her love for learning, and the importance of mentors and loved ones who support us in our love of learning. I realized in that moment the journey of my 16 year old. Her journey in learning. Would you be here today without that loved one who cheered you on, taught you new and exciting things about the world around you, or held your hand when things were too much?

It was obvious that this woman was brilliant. Her brilliance was admired, but the audience connected more to her warm and gracious smile and willingness to be vulnerable about her life experiences. It is one thing to be a lifelong learner, but if we are not kind and filled with love for others, what would it matter?

What would my Ed.D in Educational Leadership be without the love of my family and friends, their belief in me, and the determined focus to use the knowledge to make a difference in the world around me?


Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. ….. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Thomas Lloyd says:

    May the mantle of all God has chosen to cross your path bath you in wisdom, and grace, for He is a constant companion and wants to direct your way.


    1. Yes Dad! His mantle will keep me strong, and His direction will be clear when I seek His love. I love you dad!


  2. Melinda Clapp says:

    What a fabulous post! Thank you, Anna!! And a physics teacher of all people to be so inspiring!!! That was the one course I really struggled with in engineering at VT. And I probably wouldn’t have graduated with an engineering degree if Larry Clapp hadn’t jumped in and rescued me! My hero, sigh!!!

    So proud of your accomplishment and I love knowing that all this head knowledge will be filtered through a heart devoted to the One and Only, Jesus!!! Xoxox

    melinda 🙂


    1. Melinda,
      You know the funny thing is we all remembered YOU that night–your love for math! It warms my heart to know a little bit of your love story with Larry–SIGH indeed! 🙂 “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God” Philippians 1:3


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