It has been many years since I earned my B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology, but it all started out at a junior college here in Wyoming. I played collegiate basketball my first year at Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyoming way back in the late 1970's. That is now known as Northwest College. I finished my basketball career, and my degree, at Northeast Missouri State University. That is now known as Truman State University. (It is apparent that schools want to change their names after I attend there. Why is that?)
Anyway, I walked away from today's meeting with renewed vigor and hope for the young people embarking on careers in the social and behavioral sciences, as well as education. These fields of study may not always be the most lucrative from a financial standpoint, but there is something energizing about striving to serve our fellow human beings in a variety of ways through these particular academic disciplines.
I wish to offer my gratitude to Danielle Ryan, PhD. She serves as the Pathway Coordinator for Human and Public Services. I am humbled and grateful that she invited me to be on this committee. She then really went out on a limb and entrusted me with the leadership of today's gathering as well. It was a joy to work with her in getting ready for today. Dr. Ryan's energy and enthusiasm is quite contagious.
Finally, I am grateful to all the committee members who participated. The knowledge demonstrated today was phenomenal. Thank you for your wisdom. I also offer a word of gratitude to the administrators who gave us an update on happenings around the college, the faculty members who participated in our discussions, and the students who shared their first-hand experiences with us. It was enlightening and beneficial.