Monday, May 23, 2011

Graduating to the Next Level

Well it's that time of year when students graduate and go off into the great beyond.  For many, it truly is going beyond, beyond their previous confines, comfort levels, accomplishments.  One student of mine, Andew Wessling, who is a cool and zany guy, is entering into the Master's Program at Creighton University, a fellow Jesuit institute, and will be part of the Magis Program.  Magis is the Latin word for "more" that encapsulates the Jesuit ideal of continuing growth in excellence.  Andrew, while pursuing his Masters in Education, will be working at a Catholic high school in South Dakota on an Indian Reservation, serving as an English teacher and soccer coach.

The spirit of magis and cura personalis, care for the whole person, pervades the student experience at Rockhurst University.  A Rockhurst education is not an end in itself but a door to new beginnings and continued development.  Check out how our program can prepare you to realize your future dreams.

All the best to all of our graduates!


Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Road to Service

Where did April go?  Well, besides the Royal Wedding on April 29th, I had something else to celebrate.  One of my Department members Dr. Bill Stancil, received the prestigious Harry B. Kies Award for outstanding service.  He was commemorated at the annual Faculty Dinner that evening.

Bill has served the university in innumerable ways some of which are being a Department Chair, Chairing the Rank and Tenure Committee, and being the Director of the Rockhurst University Press.  Thanks to his selfless work, our centennial book, Rockhurst University the First 100 Years, was a success.  He likewise contributed significantly to our centennial celebrations.  Bill truly embodies our Jesuit values of service, magis, and cura personalis.

This same spirit is inculcated in our students.  The road to service is the road to personal enrichment and fulfillment.  By walking on such a path one leads by example and inspires others.  Rockhurst students have many opportunites to be engaged in Service Learning projects.  Check us out.