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Nurturing places of learning

By Debra Dobbins

“Alma mater” refers to a college or university from which one has graduated.

The phrase comes from Latin words for “nurturing” (alma) and “mother” (mater). In ancient Rome it was used to describe mothering goddesses such as Ceres, according to Wikipedia.

Lots of folks fondly pay homage to their alma maters by sporting their schools’ logos on clothing, bumper stickers, decals and even beads.

Many probably regard their college or university days as the most carefree of their lives – yes, even with the annoyances of research papers and exams.
 

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