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As part of the site visit by the Higher Learning Commission on March 11-12, three open forums will be held. The forums provide faculty, staff and students opportunities to interact with the team from the Higher Learning Commission and to provide additional input regarding Luther’s satisfaction of the criteria for accreditation. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend the forums; no reservations are required to attend. All three forums will be held in Peace Dining Room.
Forum 1: Monday, March 11, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Focus Areas: Mission, Diversity, Student and Faculty Involvement in Community and Society, Ethics, and Fair Policies and Procedures (Criteria 1 and 2).
Forum 2: Monday, March 11, 3:45-4:45 p.m. Focus Areas: Quality of Academic Programs, Faculty Qualifications, Program Review, Course Availability, Advising, Assessment of Student Learning, and Retention (Criteria 3 and 4).
Forum 3: Tuesday, March 12, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Focus Areas: Finances, Strategic Planning, Future Plans, and Institutional Effectiveness (Criterion 5).
Assurance Argument information
Faculty, staff and students are invited to review the Assurance Argument submitted to the Higher Learning Commission in advance of the accreditation open forums. The Assurance Argument has been posted on the Accreditation site on KATIE. In order to access the Accreditation site, faculty, staff and students must self-enroll as a student in the course. Contact the Technology Help Desk with questions about self-enrolling in the course.
Preparatory session invitation
A preparatory session in advance of the accreditation open forums will be held 9:40-10:50 a.m. Thursday, March 7, in the CRH. The session is open to all faculty, staff and students. At the session, Brad Chamberlain will address questions about the site visit and Assurance Argument.
Call for proposals-The Sophomore Slowdown event
As part of Next Steps for Sophomores, Luther will host The Sophomore Slowdown from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in the Union. The goal of this event is for sophomores to pause and engage in "big questions" about the rest of their Luther experience and beyond.
Faculty and staff who are interested in organizing panel discussions should submit proposals using this form. Contact Rachel Brummel, <brumra02>, or Andrew Bailey, <bailan01> for additional information.
Implicit and Unconscious Bias: part two
Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner. These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual's awareness and/or intentional control. Participants will engage in a series of interactive exercises to better understand the origins of unconscious bias and the ways that they are internalized. Explicit bias will also be explored. This workshop is 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, in Mott. Click here to register.
Dorians on campus March 3-4
525 prospective students will be on campus Sunday and Monday, March 3-4 to participate in the Dorian Band Festival. Students will play in one of the three festival bands, and they will participate in sectionals and lessons with Luther wind, brass and percussion faculty members. Their work concludes with a Grand Concert at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, in the CFL. Thanks for welcoming these students to our campus!
New on luther.edu
The Health Promotion and Exercise Science Department has updated their website to reflect the new majors and minors that were approved at the recent board meeting. Luther's new HPES program includes a health promotion major/minor, exercise science major/minor, allied health sciences major, and an applied leadership studies minor. Visit luther.edu/hpe for more details.
Proposals due March 11
Summer Student/Faculty Collaborative Research provides opportunity for students to engage in collaborative research projects with faculty members during the two months of Luther's summer session (June/July). Complete information and application guidelines at https://www.luther.edu/
Seeking Erdman Prize Competition applicants
Erdman Prize Competition prizes are one $6,000 grand prize scholarship and two runner-up awards of $3,000, awarded to students of any year/major who demonstrate exceptional entrepreneurial skills through their personal endeavors to start up and manage their own business during their student years at Luther. Please encourage any students who would be a good fit to apply. Application deadline is 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 8.
We are trying a new, shorter format than past years and will hold the finalist presentations, judging and awards all during the Student Research Symposium May 10. Direct questions to Erin Ryan, <ryaner01> or 387-1340.
Register for Luther's CSA reimbursement program
Luther faculty and staff are eligible for a 50 percent reimbursement (up to $100) on Community Supported Agriculture shares. This project is made possible by the Health Care Council, the Center for Sustainable Communities, and the Wellness Program. An average of 98 staff and faculty participate in this program every year. Learn more and join them this summer. Applications are due by April 1.
Sunday Peace Brunch dates announced
Join us for Sunday Peace Brunch on the following dates: March 3, 10, 17, April 7, 14, 28, and May 5. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union. Call, 387-1514, to make reservations. For more information contact <catering>.
TIAA's new PlanFocus website makes it easy to make changes to your retirement contribution. Directions are on the HR website. There are also links to change/update beneficiaries, change investments, and more. Assistance is also available by calling TIAA, (800) 842-2776. Call HR, 387-1415, with questions.
UMR has updated their website to make it easier than ever to find details for UMR coverage, claims and health and wellness activities. There is a homepage "snapshot" of plan details that includes a drop-down menu to commonly asked questions, a link to a "live chat" and more. Check it out at online.
Free Friday morning open gyms extended to March 15
Wellness has partnered with UERPC and NE Iowa Food & Fitness to offer free Friday morning open gyms this winter. Parents can bring their children (up to age five) for three additional weeks, March 1, 8 and 15, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. for some open gym fun inside the Regents Center East Gym. There is no admission fee, and balls, scooters, etc. are provided. Contact <wellness> with questions.
Agora available online
Not Quite Free Lunch March 12
Join colleagues at the Not Quite Free Lunch 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the Nobel Room, sponsored by Wellness. Boost social and emotional wellness by getting away from the typical work space and mingling with folks from across campus. The charge is $5, payable by cash, check or Luther ID. The menu includes Kansas City BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, BBQ Black Bean and Brown Rice Burger, Potato Salad, Garden Salad and Dessert. Contact Wellness, <wellness>, with questions.
February employee wellness newsletter
Check out the February 2019 issue of Words of Wellness. This month's main article is on "Should you be standing more at work? Maybe not...," and Mark Faldet is the spotlight employee of the month. It includes upcoming events, wellness tips and a recipe, and all content is written by our staff and student wellness ambassadors.
Queer theory reading group
The Dean's Office welcomes requests from faculty and staff for the formation of reading groups. We have recently received a request for an interdisciplinary reading group in queer theory. Faculty and staff who are interested in being part of such a group should email Sean Burke at <burke.sean>.
Sustainability orientation for new staff and faculty
Greetings, new staff and faculty. Join us for an informative hour of conversation, data and stories from the Center for Sustainable Communities at 9:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Valders 374. Participants receive a reusable water bottle, coffee mug, and a better idea of the current projects and past sustainability accomplishments of the college. We'll host these events once a month. RSVP to <cainto01>.
Paideia summer reading
The Paideia Planning Committee is pleased to announce that the all-college summer reading for 2019 is "The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border" by Francisco Cantú. Raised by the daughter of a Mexican immigrant, Cantú studied international relations at American University and became obsessed with understanding the borderlands where he grew up. Wanting to experience the realities of the border for himself, Cantú took a job with the U.S. Border Patrol and worked in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas from 2008 to 2012. In his memoir, Cantú attempts to understand identity and violence, while discovering a human connection that is stronger than the border itself. Books for faculty and staff will be available in April.
ITS tip of the month: The joy of tidying files
It's almost spring! (We hope.) Time to put our digital house in order and declutter those places where old files are just gathering digital dust. Network shares are particularly important because ITS will perform significant work on them in the near future. Not sure whether to keep, delete or archive something? See our February Tip of the Month.
Books available for author visit
Ibram Kendi will give the Luther Distinguished Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the CFL Main Hall; after the lecture he will be on hand to sign two of his books, "The Black Campus Movement" and "Stamped From the Beginning." Both books are available for purchase in the Book Shop, and will be for sale at the event.
Chapel this week
Wednesday, Feb. 27: Lisa Scott
Friday, March 1: Diamond Jenkins '19
Monday, March 4: Chapel speaker TBA
Come for chapel at 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the CFL to explore connections of scripture, poetry and faith.
Home sporting events
There are no home sporting events this week.
Events this week
Thursday, Feb. 28: Biology Colloquium: Savannah Wilson and Beth Lynch, "Learning to take note: plant diversity in the Dirftless Area," 9:40 a.m., Valders Room 206
Distinguished Lecture: Ibram X. Kendi, 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall
Friday, March 1:Faculty Artist Series: Spencer Martin, viola; Nicholas Shaneyfelt, piano, 7:30 p.m., Noble Recital Hall
Monday, March 4: Entrepreneurship Speaker: Abraham Espinoza, COO, Co-Founder SWINETECH, 6:30 p.m., Olin Room 102
Dorian Band Festival Grand Concert, 6:30 p.m., Noble Recital Hall
Tuesday, March 5: Implicit Bias Part II, 9 a.m., Mott/Borlaug Rooms
Paideia Text and Issues Lecture: Kate Elliott, "Finding the Hjemland: Herbjørn Gausta and the Immigrant American Artist Experience," 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life, Recital Hall
Guest Lecture: Christopher Coggins, "The Ecological State and Ecological Civilization: Who Will Rise to Meet China's Global Environmental Challenge?" 8 p.m., Valders Room 206
'Agents of Change' presented by BSU
As part of their 50-year anniversary commemoration, the Black Student Union will host a film screening of "Agents of Change" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206. Both the screening and discussion to follow are open to the public with no charge for admission.
Through the stories of the young men and women who lead the battle for a more relevant and meaningful education for African American students, "Agents of Change" is a film that examines the racial conditions found on college campuses.
'The Art of the Story' exhibit on display
Luther is hosting "The Art of the Story" exhibit in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the Center for the Arts through March 14, with a gallery talk held there at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 14. The exhibition showcases stories from three Welcome Project initiatives, including The Invisible Project, which tackles stories of homelessness, and Flight Paths, which documents community changes that result from the de-industrialization of Gary, Indiana.
The artists and students from Valparaiso who curated the project will be in residence at Luther March 13 and 14 and will lead Luther students, faculty and community members through their facilitation practice.
'Learning to take note: plant diversity in the Driftless Area'
Beth Lynch and Savannah Wilson '19, are presenting their lecture about plant diversity in northeastern Iowa at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in Valders Hall of Science, Room 206. The lecture, part of Luther's spring Biology Colloquium series, is open to the public with no charge for admission.
In their talk, Lynch shares her observations of native plant diversity around Decorah and discusses the importance of keeping track of native plant populations over time. Wilson describes research she conducted on forest communities of Finch Memorial Hardwoods, part of the Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge in 2018.
NAA Happy Hour Feb. 28
Luther's Norse Athletic Association invites the Decorah community to Rubaiyat restaurant at& 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, for the NAA Happy Hour event.
Open to the public with no charge for admission, the Happy Hour event features many members of the coaching staff and administrators from Luther College's Athletic Department in attendance. With no formal programming, this is a great chance for the Decorah community to get firsthand information on Norse athletics in a relaxed atmosphere with the coaches.
To make a donation or to RSVP for the event please contact Russell Schouweiler, 387-2161 or <schoru01>.
Humanities Endowment Distinguished Lecture
Award winning historian, author, professor and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, Ibram X. Kendi will give the Humanities Endowment Distinguished lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. The lecture is part of Black History Month and the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Black Student Union at Luther College. Kendi will discuss topics from his books "The Black Campus Movement" and "Stamped from the Beginning." The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Faculty Artist Series: Spencer Martin and Nicholas Shaneyfelt
Spencer Martin and Nicholas Shaneyfelt are performing a program titled, "1919: A Viola Centenary," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, in Noble Recital Hall. Martin and Shaneyfelt have chosen for the program three major works for the viola written in the year 1919 by composers Rebecca Clark, Ernest Bloch and Paul Hindemith. The duo will also perform this program Monday, Feb. 25, at the University of Iowa and Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Coe College.
Ethnic Arts Festival March 2
In celebration of the diverse cultures that come together to make up the Luther community, the annual Ethnic Arts Festival, held by the Center for Intercultural Engagement and Student Success, will take place Saturday, March 2. The Ethnic Arts Festival, held in the Luther Regents Center, North Gym, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is open to the public with no charge for admission. The festival includes a Land Acknowledgment formal statement honoring the original inhabitants of the region and recognizing that Luther sits on the traditional homeland of the Ioway and other Native tribes.
Faculty Artist Series: Miko Kominami
Miko Kominami will give a solo piano recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in the Noble Recital Hall. The recital includes three Scarlatti Sonatas, four Liszt-Schubert songs, Haydn's Sonata in F Major and concludes with Liszt's "Rhapsodie Espagnole."
Balalaika performance March 3
The Luther College Balalaika Ensemble, featuring special guest Ami Hall '96, will perform in concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 3, in Shirley Baker Commons on the Luther campus. The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.
The ensemble, directed by Laurie Iudin-Nelson, will perform classic Russian and Ukrainian folk songs and Romany songs including "Kalinka" "The Ural Mountain Ash Tree," "Dark Eyes," "Two Guitars," "Fellows, Unharness Your Horses," "Tum Balalaika," "Moscow Nights" and "Katiusha."
Luther ensembles perform March 3
Luther's Concert Band and the Norse Brass Quintet, which is composed of Luther faculty, will perform during Luther's Dorian Band Festival at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 3, in the CFL Main Hall. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Dorian Grand Concert March 4
More than 525 high school musicians from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin will participate in the Dorian Band Festival March 3-4. All students participating in the festival will perform in the Grand Concert at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life. This event is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Paideia Texts and Issues: Kate Elliott March 5
"Finding the Hjemland: Herbjørn Gausta and the Immigrant American Artist Experience" continues the Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture Series "Journeys and Hospitalities" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the CFL Recital Hall when Kate Elliott explores how art can help understand the process of identity formation and the immigrant experience. Reception to follow in Qualley Lounge.
'Who Will Rise to Meet China's Global Environmental Challenge?' March 5
With an intense commitment to building an "Ecological State" and developing "Ecological Civilization," China's central government has built a foundation to lead the world in green development. Bard College professor Christopher Coggins will lecture on the development of the global environmental challenge at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus. This lecture is sponsored by the ASIANetwork Speakers Bureau Grant. Coggins will be available after the lecture for discussion.
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar lecture March 7
This year's Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar lecture features mid-East expert Lisa Anderson, senior lecturer at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and past president of the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Anderson's talk, titled "The Liberal Arts Confront Globalization," offers a new perspective on the value of liberal arts education by using examples from around the world. The talk is at 5:30, Thursday, March 7, in Valders 206, with a reception to follow, and is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Guest jazz recital with Keith Hall
A joyful performer and consummate drummer, Keith Hall will present a guest jazz artist recital alongside Luther faculty at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7, in the CFL Main Hall. The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.
The performance, titled "Art Blakey at 100: A Musical Celebration of Blakey and the Jazz Messengers," includes music by Benny Golson, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Timmons and other distinguished alumni of Blakey's Jazz Messengers.
'Serving God and Humanity: The Organ in Liturgical and Ceremonial Context'
Luther's Annual Benefactor's Organ Recital, featuring Kimberly Marshall, professor of organ at Arizona State University, will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life. The program, titled "Serving God and Humanity: The Organ in Liturgical and Ceremonial Context," includes music by Bach, Brahms, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Felix Mendelssohn, Ethel Smyth and Margaret Vardell Sandresky.
T-Pain to perform May 3
American rapper, singer, songwriter and record-producer T-Pain will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, in the Regents Center. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $45 and can be purchased at tickets.luther.edu or via the Luther Ticket Office, (563) 387-1357 or [email protected]. The name on the ticket must match the ticketholder's ID for entry into the concert.
Natalie Nelson '19, is presenting a vocal recital at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2.
Anna Hug '20, will present a clarinet recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9.
Grace Huber '20, and Grace Simpson '20, will present a vocal recital at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9.
Garrett O'Connell '19, will present an oboe recital at noon Sunday, March 10.
Mary Flaherty '20, is presenting a vocal recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10
Student recitals are held in Noble Recital Hall, with a reception following.
Celebrations this week
Feb. 26: Megan Sherman
Feb. 27: Igor Kalnin, Teri Miller
Feb. 28: Jodi Enos-Berlage, Jon Lund
March 1: Geri Tlusty
March 2: John Strauss, Jessica Tanski
March 4: Nan Hibbs
March 5: Lane Schwarz, Derek Hartl, Michael Elliott
Feb. 22: Brenda R. Leibold, 20 years
Feb. 23: Sheryl Sievert, 15 years
To the family of Dale Torgerson, longtime painting subcontractor for the college, on his Feb. 24 passing. His granddaughter Coranda Vickerman is a sophomore here at Luther. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday, March 1, at the Henrytown Lutheran Church in rural Harmony, Minnesota. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel, Minnesota, and one hour prior to services at the church.
To view complete job descriptions and apply for all current openings, go to the employment website at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com/.
Miles Clifton started his position as director of Legends Fitness Center/head football performance and assistant sports performance coach March 18. His office is Regents Center 150E, telephone 387-1360.
Michael Suarez '19, qualified for the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Championships. Suarez finished third at the NCAA Division III Lower Midwest Regional held Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 23-24, at the Five Flags Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The top-three place winners in each weight class qualified for the national championships.
The Center for Ethics and Public Engagement is pleased to announce the appointment of Storm Bailey as the CEPE Faculty Research Fellow for the academic years 2019-21. The CEPE will provide support for his work on a book project on the topic of politics, government and responsible political participation from an evangelical perspective, deeply rooted in the tradition of classical liberalism. During his tenure as Research Fellow, he plans to lead discussions on topics related to tolerance and respect on college campuses and the role of religious belief in political life.
Congratulations to Kristen Hansen '20, and Piper Wood '21, who were selected to represent Luther as Peace Scholars in Norway this summer. The Peace Scholar program provides funding for two students to study for a week at the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue in Lillehammer, followed by five weeks at the International Summer School at the University of Oslo.
Andy Hageman had an essay published on how science fiction is imagining the emerging blockchain technology as a revolution in ecological governance and wealth redistribution at the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Student pianist Joshua Burniece '20, was named Winner in the 2019 Fort Dodge Area Symphony Young Artists Competition. He will work closely with Du Huang in the next few weeks to prepare his debut performance with the Fort Dodge Symphony on April 14, performing Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1.
Loren Toussaint received the "editor's pick" 2018 Paper of the Year Award from the American Journal of Health Promotion for his recent publication: "Forgiveness Working: Forgiveness, Health, and Productivity in the Workplace."
For sale: Like new Space Gray iPad Pro 9.7-inch 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model and matching iPad Pro Smart Keyboard for $450. On the Apple website, this iPad refurbished is currently $649 and the keyboard is $99-a savings of more than $300. Email <billma01> for more information.
New Driftless film: A new adventure documentary film, "Decoding the Driftless," will be shown at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the KDEC Home, Sport and Garden Show. The film, to be shown in the orchestra room of Decorah High School, is open to the public with no charge for admission. Come experience a wild ride of adventure above, on and below the amazing Driftless Region, and meet the film's producer George Howe. The 36th annual show is a free-admission expo featuring more than 70 booths displaying products and services from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Decorah High School, 100 Claiborne Drive in Decorah, Sunday, March 10. The event begins with the Sunflower Childcare Pancake Breakfast fundraiser in the commons area of the school from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Survey request: Helping Services for Youth and Families and the Winneshiek County ERASE Coalition would like the community's help in gathering information about our local community in order to inform prevention efforts. Anyone residing in Northeast Iowa (including students) may participate in this anonymous survey. Contact Bobbi-Jo, <molobo01> with questions.
For sale: 2017 Gibson Les Paul Classic electric guitar, high end, color-honeyburst, with brown leather grain case. 2016 Fender American Professional HSS Shawbucker Stratocaster, high end, color-antique olive, with black hard shell case. Epiphone Wolf Destiny CNC Wound electric guitar, color-blue burst, with black hard shell case. Spider V60 Line 6 guitar amp, Yamaha THR10 Modeling Combo amp regulator, and Ibanez NU Tubescreamer Overdrive Pro. All in excellent condition. For pictures and price please email <leibolbr> or call Joey, 735-5642.
House/pet sitter available: My name is Cory Eull, and I am a sophomore dance major at Luther. I am passionate about people, the environment, art and storytelling. I am looking to stay in Decorah this summer to further connect myself to the community, and am curious if anyone could use a house and/or pet sitter at that time. I would also be open to a housing/work exchange. If you think this could apply to you, reach out to me at <eullco01>.
Help available: I am staying in Decorah over the summer and am willing/able to house or pet sit over the duration of the break. I stayed in Decorah all of last summer as well and helped five professors with home maintenance and pet care. Please contact me at <lavean01> with inquiries or for more information.
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history. (https://js.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month)
28 quotes by Black leaders and celebrities
"Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations."
"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression."
-W.E.B. Du Bois
"In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute."
"Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated."
-Coretta Scott King
"Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us."
-Susan L. Taylor
"Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face."
"One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings."
"My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together."
"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly."
"If there is no struggle, there is no progress."
"Have a vision. Be demanding."
"Freedom is never given; it is won."
-A. Philip Randolph
"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."
-Booker T. Washington
"We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort."
"It isn't where you come from; it's where you're going that counts."
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."
"Every time you state what you want or believe, you're the first to hear it. It's a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don't put a ceiling on yourself."
"You can't make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen."
"Start where you are, with what you have. Make something of it and never be satisfied."
–George Washington Carver
"What's the world for if you can’t make it up the way you want it?"
"You don't have to be one of those people that accepts things as they are. Every day, take responsibility for changing them right where you are."
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
"We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers."
"Sometimes you've got to let everything go–purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything… whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you'll find that when you're free, your true creativity, your true self comes out."
"I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."
"Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead 20 years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then."