Mrs. Miriam Liethen Encourages Interactive Learning

By Isaiah Snell

Mrs. Miriam Liethen helps students in the Library with an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Biola University in California. Liethen was born in Manchester, England, getting her undergraduate degree in English Literature in Scotland. She works as part of the staff of the Morgan Library that helps students get access to important research and further learning.

Sounding Board: What do you miss about England, having come to the U.S. about six years ago?

Liethen: I miss family the most, but we keep in touch online. Technology is truly great that way. I miss the tea culture from home too; everything is better over a cup of tea. Brits have multiple cups of tea a day, and here tea isn’t quite the same.

SB: What have you enjoyed most about your time here in the U.S.?

Liethen: There’s so much. Everything is more spacious here.. I think the motivation to succeed here in the States is very different too, and I like it a lot more here. The culture is a bit more critical back in Britain, but I didn’t really pick up on that until I came here. I’ve picked up on this positive, can-do attitude, and that shows especially in the team ethic here. People can really feel the sense of belief together.

SB: Of all the places in the U.S., why Grace College in Indiana?

Liethen: When my husband and I were living in Nebraska, we were seeking out the Lord’s calling. Matt wanted to hone his teaching skills in seminary, and our pastor recommended we look at Grace. When we came to visit, we could really tell it was a good fit for us. It feels like home. On top of that, getting the job here at Morgan Library lets me interact with the students in the ways I’ve been wanting to. It has truly been a wonderful experience. It’s rewarding to see that light bulb turn on in students, and that just confirms how at home I’ve felt here at Grace.

SB: What makes you smile the most?

Liethen: My son, Oliver, who is two and a half, has a lot of energy and adds some action to my life. He has amazing enthusiasm in life, and I smile seeing the effort the puts into the things he loves. Like building and organizing his convoy of cars. We have one more on the way, and I’m excited to see both of them grow.

SB: Is there anything you want the student body to know about the library or about yourself?

Liethen: We have so many research guides available, and the information we can get our hands on is amazing. Please come take advantage of it. We’re happy to help. I can’t wait to see how I can help students grow and learn.