We are in the height of the summer heat, an amazing Women’s World Cup is going on across the Pond (no comments on last night’s exciting game), and we are about to enjoy one of the finest holidays of our nation and on our planet, and I say that as a proud immigrant to this great country.
And so we reach the climax on another academic year as Middle Georgia State University!
On April 15, many around the world watched in shock as Notre Dame Cathedral burned, destroying parts of a structure that’s stood for more than 700 years. As students are preparing to graduate, let’s try to remember that the physical things we create and accumulate are always temporary and will eventually cease to be – but that the impacts we have on the lives and on the world around us are permanent. By being forces for positive change in the world around us, we create a legacy that can’t be destroyed.
In our role as a state university within the University System of Georgia, we have a blended function that allows us to offer students who enter at varying levels of academic readiness the opportunity to a achieve a quality education. Our doors are open perhaps a bit wider than those at other colleges and universities around the country – and that’s a good thing.
It cannot have escaped anyone’s notice that cherry trees are in bloom. For some, allergies are an unwelcome companion to – but also a reminder of – the abundant visual beauty.
We are moving ahead strategically as a State University with a plan that calls for us to “build shared culture.” Central to that aim is the excellence of faculty teaching, scholarship and service. On Friday we had two examples of how we are building that excellence.
As a public university and a state agency this issue lies at the core of our identity at MGA. February is Black History Month or African-American History Month in the United States and if offers us a powerful, living example of the Republic’s responsibility to educate future generations about our history, our values and our goals as a democratic society.
A couple of weeks back I blogged about education and democracy. This blog is part two, in a sense, and is much more immediate and concrete.
Yesterday, the State of Georgia performed an important symbolic and executive function inaugurating Mr. Brian Kemp, former Secretary of State, as the new Governor of the State. Amidst this week’s inaugural fanfare and the beginning of the 153rd Georgia General Assembly, Governor Kemp’s inauguration reminds us, and encapsulates, our democratic lifestyle in the state, the US and the Western World. It is a great thing our leaders are chosen, in Lincoln’s eloquent words, by the people, of the people, for the people.
This week we shall celebrate the graduation of another cohort of MGA students at our Commencement Exercises. Although Independence Day is six months away in the heat of summer, for these 400+ students who will cross the stage on Thursday it will for many of them feel like they have achieved an extraordinary sense of independence! And they shall join our ever-expanding family of alumni across the state, nation and world.