Recognition is an important part of Homecoming. We honor our Distinguished Alumni, Jess Chouteau Top-10 Seniors, J. Paschal Twyman Service Award winner, and Mr./Mrs. Homecoming. We name the Homecoming king, queen and court. We also commemorate the 50-year anniversary class and welcome its members into the Gold Medallion Society.
It makes sense that recognition figures prominently at Homecoming; it plays a powerful role in defining a community. It affirms a shared understanding of success. It reminds us of the world’s possibilities. And it lifts up models of living from which we can learn. In short: Recognition is an exercise in reconnecting with the good.
As we welcomed the Class of 2021 at Matriculation on August 13, we recognized the role each of us plays in helping others write their life’s story. Our students’ time at TU is a pivotal chapter in that story, and we owe it to each other to take care of ourselves, take care of each other, and step in when we see trouble in the making. The positive response to this message assures me that TU can become a national model in cultivating mutual care and responsible behavior.
The new year also brought somber reflection, as we recognized the life and legacy of Steadman Upham, President Emeritus. During his 12 years as president, Stead led transformative progress in many areas, including academic and research development, campus growth, student achievement, fundraising and community engagement. The best tribute we can pay him is to carry on the work of scholarship, research and service at the elevated levels he made possible for us.
We can see that the seeds of future achievement and recognition are richly planted among today’s TU students. Nurturing that potential is one of the great joys of my job at TU, and all of us on campus are grateful that our alumni remain dedicated partners in this work.
Gerard P. Clancy, M.D.