Home is kind of a funny word. It’s not that you leave your heart at home, but you carry home in your heart. It’s what you carry with you. It’s where you’ve been, and where you’re going. Something about this place just feels like home.
dad didn’t graduate tenth grade. He
left school to help support his family and went on to serve in the Navy
to support his country in World War 2. When I graduated high school my
parents told me that I was the first of nine kids that they could afford
to help with tuition. Although I have done many things in my life that
I am sure disappointed my dad he never brought them up. He showed me the
pride he felt on occasions when I did something that made him proud. Last
summer, on a Thursday night, when surgery recovery had turned into life
support, we all knew that he would not last through the night. He did
pass away that night. I think if my dad was still alive, (my) graduating
college would have made him the most proud. I will always
be grateful to Southwestern for giving me a place and the personnel to
teach me the tools to succeed at work and in life.
There may be things about Southwestern he doesn’t know, but only because they aren’t worth knowing.
~President Dick Merriman, on retiring Dean David Nichols, who was conferred an honorary doctor of humane letters
Every problem is an opportunity.
Fix the problem, not the blame. Fix the right problem.
~Dean David Nichols
It’s all in the attitude. Live with joy!
~Steve Rankin, campus minister