Last Thursday night the college presented nearly 100 achievement awards to some of our “best and brightest” students across the seven academic units.
While the range of awards is extensive – from research recognition, to community service, to national dean’s list – the general theme of the event is scholarship and leadership excellence. As I remarked in introduction, these students are the most academically successful, the most professionally dedicated, the hardest working, the leaders. They are indeed our future, and the antidote to despair – energetic and gifted young women and men committed to service, leadership, and changing the world for the better, making it “healthier.” What could be more important, or a better cause for celebration?
I’m sure the 500 in attendance – our largest turnout ever for this event, packing the Cochran Center ballrooms – would agree.