Today we celebrated the official beginning of the academic year with the annual Wittenberg Series-sponsored Opening Convocation. The event urged us to reflect deeply on our history as a nation, a campus and as individuals.
In a moment of silence, we paid respect to those who lost their lives and those who lost loved ones 12 years ago on 9/11. We also had the privilege of welcoming back our distinguished guest and alumnus Kenneth Cukier, class of 1991. His address, “Trust, Betrayal, and Edward Snowden,” challenged us to consider our personal resolve to act when we see injustice, as well as the ethics that underlie how we shape our views on justice.
Finally, we reflected on those who have loyally served Wittenberg as we presented the Medal of Honor posthumously to Charles D. “Chad” Weller, class of 1970, vice chairman of the Wittenberg Board of Directors. His family accepted the award and encouraged the campus to continue to pass on its light in a way Weller would have wanted. The Wittenberg choir, which received generous support from Weller for its recent tour of Germany, honored Weller by singing the Alma Mater.
My thanks to everyone who helped to make the event so special.