Summertime and a Look Forward
Summer is here. Step outside on any given day and you’re reminded we are definitely in the Sunshine State. It’s wonderful to see and feel the summer sunshine.
For me, the summer season is filled with anticipation as we look at the upcoming start of the new academic year and the gathering of faculty and staff in the event we call Convocation. Convocation reminds us of our calling, and it serves as an activity to rejuvenate our commitment to serve.
During our upcoming Convocation, we will examine our future. We will begin with a brief reflection on our past as we highlight our plans to celebrate SFSC’s 50th anniversary. Certainly, our past is a key to our present and to our future. We use our past as a springboard to move beyond the present toward bright and promising opportunities.
Specifically at the 2014 Convocation, we will begin to craft our future through the visioning process which will culminate with the creation of a new college vision statement. We begin the process with the mindset that everything is possible. What’s exciting about the process is the enormous potential we have to make an impact through our core product – the curriculum.
Vision matters. It is a powerful and compelling statement that gives every day a purpose to achieve lofty accomplishments. A vision shared changes the way we work and the way we think. It confirms our purpose and calls us to unite toward lofty goals. It’s a rally to action.
A carefully designed vision statement moves us beyond existing routine to embrace change and produce transformative results. We will use our fall Convocation as a point to officially begin the process of vision formulation. With your help and best thinking, we will provide a collective recommendation for our trustees to shape and endorse at their annual Planning Meeting in December.
I hope you enjoy your summer, and during these warm days of sunshine, I hope you gain inspiration that helps to give input to a vision that propels SFSC to flourish during our next 50 years.