Practical advice kicks off 2007-08 school year
Academics - posted on 8/31/2007
Lakeland President Stephen Gould
He was speaking to college students, but Lakeland President Stephen Gould found some pretty useful advice for Lakeland students from a third grade teacher.
Asked to deliver a charge for the new academic year at Thursday's 145th Opening Convocation, which officially kicked off the 2007-08 academic year, Gould offered the following: take care of yourself, take care of each other, take care of this place.
He noted that while the cafeteria in Bossard Hall allowed students an all-they-could eat format, they might want to be mindful of their food intake. And he suggested that the students get plenty of sleep, saying it was OK to let some of the many activities happening on campus happen without them sometimes.
"You are all old enough to know all actions have consequences," Gould said. "Consider the unintended consequences."
Lakeland has a tradition of sharing and supporting one another, Gould said, and he urged the students to keep that tradition alive. He said he could recall at least 10 stories for every year he's been at Lakeland - he enters his 38th year this fall - of one student interjecting in the live of a fellow student and changing them forever.
The college's faculty and executive council sat on the stage at the Bradley Fine Arts Building in formal academic attire to mark the special occasion and recall academic tradition. Gould said the lessons students would learn at Lakeland might be considered a form of "shareware."
"It's available for use and for improvement at no charge, a gift of the ages, so to speak," he said.
The convocation address was delivered by Edmund Kern, chair of the history department at Lawrence University, an expert on the popular Harry Potter novels, as well as the history of witchcraft and Halloween.
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