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.
I hope that you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with family or friends, and that you and your loved ones were blessed with safe travels.
Since the dawn of human conscience and human civilization, our capacity as humans to choose our moral compass and our behavioral actions have been part of what it truly means to be a person. In recent centuries various disciplines have examined how we are influenced and affected in those choices, but the underlying concept of our “free will” is the basis of what defines us as moral, ethical actors.
Tomorrow’s midterm elections are very important for the nation and I am glad that locally there have been voter registration initiatives for some months on our campuses to encourage students, faculty and staff to exercise our right to vote. If you haven’t done so already, please vote tomorrow!
We awoke this morning in middle Georgia to the real first feel of Autumn. Typically, at MGA we measure this seasonal change and the end of the first quarter in three ways: academically, operationally, and personally.