Recently, I received an e-mail from a young man I met at Inner Mongolia University in China. The young man, named Su Er Fu, is incredibly bright and introspective. In his e-mail, he posed some excellent questions, such as “What is the purpose of education? Through education, what am I expected to be in the future? What is the most important thing that one learns during his undergraduate education?”
I wrote back that the purpose of education is not only to make a living—in the purest sense, it is to make a life. A student should consider the collegiate experience to be a journey of exploration. I advised him to accentuate his strengths, seek a life he loves and explore the spiritual possibilities which will offer answers beyond his current understanding.
I was thinking about my exchange with Su Er Fu and how it relates to our cover story in this edition of the Troy University magazine, which deals with our College of Health and Human Services (H&HS). Our degree programs in this College are some of the most practical we offer, including nursing, athletic training, rehabilitation and social work. I am also proud that our faculty in H&HS is producing well-rounded graduates who will excel in whatever field they choose but will also be productive citizens who are assets to their communities.
Included in our coverage of the College of Health and Human Services is an introduction to Dr. Damon Andrew, our new dean. Dr. Andrew will be an asset to the University, particularly in the area of developing our new Doctor of Nursing Practice.
This issue also focuses on alumni who are making excellent livings and lives in such diverse areas as music, marketing, the theatre, publishing and real estate development. Our alumni reflect the very best of Troy University and we love to publish stories of their success.
Let me call your attention to two athletic milestones that we feature in this issue. The first was the 40th anniversary of our 1968 NAIA National Champion football team. We honored the team during our first home game of the season this year and they received a warm welcome back to campus. The 1968 team reunion reminds us that it’s important to seek ways to celebrate our TROY heritage and not just in athletics.
This edition also contains information on an exciting new project that will grab the interest of any Trojan football fan. Next year is the 100th anniversary of Troy University football; and to mark the occasion, the book TROY: A Legacy of Champions is being published by The Booksmith Group. This book will be filled with photos and stories about our rich football tradition.
Another tradition is the publishing of our annual donor honor roll, which can be found inside these pages. We thank the many Trojans who are investing in their University, thus adding to the value of their degrees.
Jack Hawkins, Jr., Ph.D.