On to a new Blue!

Those who follow me on Twitter and Facebook will know the news already: I have recently been selected as the inaugural dean of the Lewis Honors College at the University of Kentucky. I am very proud of all that we accomplished in the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State and our connections there are deep […]

Making a Positive and Lasting Difference

Written for our Presidential Leadership Academy blog. Life should be about making a positive difference in the world around you. That is the vision of our college: To educate men and women who will have an important and ethical influence in the world, affecting academic, professional, civic, social, and business outcomes. It is important that […]

2011 Spring Medals Ceremony

Last weekend we conferred Scholars’ Medals on over 360 students who were graduating with Honors from Penn State and the Schreyer Honors College. I usually do not share my speech, but this time was special. I share it here along with my sincere congratulations to all our Scholar graduates. I could not be more proud. […]

Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year

But not necessarily a prosperous one. Not because I do not wish you all success, but because we need to remember that profit is not the goal in and of itself. Today’s epistle from the Book of Common Prayer’s Daily Office reminds us of this quite succinctly. James 4:13-17 — Come now, you who say, […]

Bad lessons from good movies 4

Wired’s Geek Dad has a Top 10 list that I have often thought about, “Top 10 Bad Messages From Good Movies.” I actually don’t agree with everything on his list, but his #2 is one that I have often asserted, albeit from a slightly different angle. (His take is below.) I despise The Little Mermaid […]

The NCHC conference heats up!

This is more excitement than I really need. The situation is this, I was immersed in researching for my paper on Ezra-Nehemiah for SBL (ok, napping) when I heard all these firetrucks and sirens. Well, it is DC a big city with a lot going on in it. Then I realize I smell acrid smoke. […]

On the road 2

I am in Washington DC for the next two and a bit days for the National Collegiate Honors Council conference. It is a surprisingly large conference and one of the best things that they do is bring in students who do presentations and poster sessions. (With scholarships being given for the best work.) DC is […]

There is honor in AIG 2

All companies and entities have good and bad people and most folks are just doing their job. The AIG Executive Vice President in charge of the financial division that has received so much notoriety resigned this past week and sent his letter of recommendation to the NY Times. The honor that I see here is […]

Mandatory Volunteer Corps to be created? 3

UPDATE: The Senate version of the bill is receiving far more attention. Senator Kennedy is making a trip back up for the debate. NPR had this story this morning, featuring one of the AmeriCorps projects (and a Cornellian). And the NYTimes has this story. (Keywords also make a big difference in searching. Yesterday I could […]