Albert Einstein remarked after teaching for over 20 years at Princeton, “It’s a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” The real trick is not only knowing what to think, but how to think. Einstein observed, “The value of a college education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think. Genius is making complex ideas simple, not making simple ideas complex.” Assisting students as they separate good ideas from bad, consequential ideas from trivial, is part of the daily, formative work of university faculty and staff. And organizing all of the knowledge in between is the stuff of a great education. This is our aim for this issue — to wade into the ideological ocean and bring a few key ideas to the surface of our collective attention. We'll explore certain tenets of the Olivet ethos such as God, calling, vocation, service, inspiration and influence.