I’ve always wondered what the heck our University Seal means. None of my friends seem to have taken Latin either, so the best I’ve come up with is Science is…something.
The University Seal actually translates to Knowledge and Wisdom. It was designed by John Wesley Powell, and it acts as a reminder of the University’s mission. Book larnin’ is great, but without experiential knowledge it is limited. As a pioneer of field study for undergraduates, John Wesley Powell knew a thing or two about that balance. So thank him the next time you sit down next to him in Ames, SEALED.