‘Finish your own sentences’

first_imgWhen Harvard President Drew Faust welcomed her first class of freshmen to Harvard in the fall of 2007, she warned them that the next four years would disorient their lives and unsettle their assumptions. Now, as the Class of 2011 prepares to graduate, Faust appealed to them to chart their own unique courses in life, while staying true to the values of truth and goodness they learned at the University.“Remain mindful of others, but decide for yourself,” Faust told Harvard College seniors in her Baccalaureate Address on Tuesday (May 24).After Commencement itself, the Baccalaureate Service is one of Harvard’s oldest traditions, existing off and on at the University since 1642. It has been customary for the president and Harvard clergy to address the graduating class since the 19th century. Calling to mind the University’s religious roots, the service at the Memorial Church now includes readings from Hindu scriptures, the Quran, the New Testament, the Analects of Confucius, and the Hebrew Bible.But as students packed themselves into the sweltering church in Tuesday’s 80-degree weather, one marker of the festivities was noticeably absent: the late Rev. Peter J. Gomes, former Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, who for many years welcomed seniors as they processed up the church’s front steps.“For the first time in four decades, we must go without his Baccalaureate blessing,” Faust said of Gomes, who died Feb. 28. “Yet he remains at the center of what it means to be a part of Harvard, a moral tradition, and force in the legacy of ‘Veritas’ that is not just a succession of truths, but a compass.”Gomes led a singular life. A gay, black, Republican professor and Baptist preacher, he often described himself as “Afro-Saxon,” Faust reminded the crowd to laughter. But his legacy is instructive, she said.“Remain mindful of others, but decide for yourself,” Faust told Harvard College seniors in her Baccalaureate Address on Tuesday (May 24). “He confounded categorization because he occupied so many categories,” Faust said. “Your generation is more accustomed to this.”What Gomes excelled at, and what the Class of 2011 can learn from him, Faust said, was the ability to make their own labels and chart their own courses. She cited the unexpected paths already taken by members of the graduating class: the star wide receiver who was named a Rhodes Scholar, the dancer going into cancer research.The most important question graduates now face, Faust said, is: “How, within the possible narratives, can I most be myself?  How will I finish my own sentence when I say, ‘I went to Harvard, and then I …’”Faust did not ignore the economic turmoil the Class of 2011 heads into as its members prepare to graduate. If anything, she said, the recession and slow recovery of the past few years has made this generation “in a strange sense, liberated.” She encouraged graduates to embrace that feeling of uncertainty rather than take high-paying jobs they might not love, as some graduates had felt pressured to do in the past.“You may resist taking risks as the economy shows signs of recovery,” she said. “Still, do what you love. Try Plan A before you settle for Plan B.”Charting their own courses will be no easy task, Faust said, but this year’s class leaves Harvard well-prepared to question, analyze, and improve the world.“Go and live syncopated lives,” Faust concluded. “Search for your own sermons. Finish your own sentences. And then rewrite them, again and again.”For seniors such as En-Ming Ong, an economics concentrator in Kirkland House, Faust’s message of pursuing one’s dreams resonated — particularly her “parking space theory of life,” a metaphor for never giving up on “the perfect spot” in life that she shares with students each year.“I thought it was inspiring,” said Ong, who is putting the traditional job search on hold to start his own company, Blocmate, a website that will help Ivy League students find short-term housing. “The opportunity cost of trying something like this is very low after graduation, and if I fail I can always circle back.”last_img read more

5 powerful videos to persuade your audience

first_imgYouTube is the second largest search engine on the web. With more than half (55%) of people watching online videos every day, video has become the platform for satisfying both informational and entertainment needs. If pictures are worth a thousand words, then “video is worth 1.8 million words,” said Dr. James MCQuivey in a Forrester Research study.Video can be a great platform for credit unions and community banks to drive awareness, build trust and advertise products. Here are five types of videos that can help you make an authentic connection with your audience.Behind-the-ScenesGone are the days of the 8-minute corporate overview video. Nobody has time for that. More than half (56%) of all videos published nowadays are less than 2 minutes long. Break up your story into a series of short format videos that can communicate your history, mission and unique value proposition. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Oldest Former NFF Scribe, Omokhaye Clocks 86

first_imgOmokhaye clocked 86 yesterday as the oldest former scribe of Nigerian football still alive.From Nigeria’s files in the archives of FIFA, it was Omokhaye that responded to correspondence from the world body regarding a fixture of Nigeria and Morocco in the Tokyo 1964 Olympic qualifiers.From the same archival materials, www.sportsvillagesquare.com gathers the correspondence to FIFA by the late Abraham Ordia when Omokhaye resigned from both the NSC and the NFA.Omokhaye played as a defender in the Challenge Cup finals in the 1950s for Lagos UAC and the Federal United which was a model club that some influential Nigerians in Lagos established.Omokhaye’s football career started when he was a member of the Methodist Boys High School in 1950 from where he joined the Lagos UAC club as a left-sided defender in 1951 before moving to SCOA in 1955.He featured for the then model club, Federal United in the Challenge Cup final of 1958 before retiring in 1961 to begin a career in sports administration.He became the general secretary of the then Lagos Amateur Football Association (LAFA) in 1962 from where he moved to the newly established NSC in 1964.It was then he was seconded to the NFA. According to him, he became a referee in 1969 and rose to the top grade in 1975. He retired as a referee in 1981 and became a match commissioner in 1982.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram He may not be well known as he headed the administration of the Nigerian football governing body in the ‘ancient past’.At a time, it was even a subject of debate if he was ever a general secretary at the then Nigeria Football Association as his name was conspicuously missing on the board at NFF Secretariat, which listed past administrators.Herbert Omokhaye, who hails from Otuo Owan East Local Government Area of Edo State was the secretary of the NFA from 1964 to 1965 when he was seconded to the association from the just established National Sports Council (NSC), which transformed into National Sports Commission in 1970.last_img read more