Bacow to seniors: Live to the fullest

first_imgHarvard President Larry Bacow called on graduating seniors during their Baccalaureate Service on Tuesday to live their own lives to the fullest by defying master plans and other people’s expectations, and instead following their own passions and ideals.“It’s important that you live your own life, not the life that others have planned for you,” Bacow told the Class of 2019 gathered in Memorial Church. “Sometimes figuring out what you don’t want to do can be as valuable as figuring out what you do want to do.”Bacow related how he quit his legal studies when, while working one summer, he found himself counting billable hours and suddenly decided to explore other career paths. They eventually led him to the presidency of Harvard.,“In my experience, those who lead their life according to some masterplan are often disappointed when they ultimately reach their destination,” Bacow said. “They have been so focused on their goal that when they finally get there they often ask themselves, ‘Is this all there is?’“Be open to serendipity. Perhaps the most valuable piece of advice I can give you as you get ready to leave here tomorrow is to recognize opportunity when it walks up and hits you in the face, because it will. In my wildest dreams, I never could have imagined I would someday be standing here before you as president of Harvard. … Always remember that you don’t have to stop breathing to stop living.”,The graduating class includes 1,554 graduates from 60 countries and all 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam.The Baccalaureate Service is a ritual as old as Harvard’s first Commencement in 1642. The late Rev. Peter Gomes, who was Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church and Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, called it a ceremony “both joyful and solemn, intimate and public, filled with the exuberance of youth and sustained by venerable and weighty tradition.” Tuesday’s service was conducted by the Rev. Professor Jonathan Walton, Gomes’ successor as Plummer Professor and Pusey Minister.Following custom, the gathering included scriptural readings from various religious traditions in their original languages. There were readings from the Quran in Arabic, the Bhagavad Gita in Sanskrit, the Hebrew Bible in Hebrew, the New Testament in Greek, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib in Gurmukhi, the “Apology of Socrates” by Plato in Greek, and the Namokar Mantra in Prakrit.,During his address, Walton asked students to take joy in their achievements and to remember those who helped them on their journeys to Harvard, and will continue to help as they move beyond it.“We celebrate your efforts, achievements, and intellectual acumen,” said Walton. “Nevertheless, in the words of the poet John Donne, no man or woman is an island unto themselves. Family, friends, and faith communities have invested in you materially, inspired you intellectually, and enriched you spiritually. We are all here because of someone else’s sacrifices.”In closing, Walton urged the students find a cause greater than themselves, to commit their lives to service and sacrifice, and to follow the example of Adolf Sannwald, a Harvard Divinity School student who graduated in 1925. He became a Lutheran pastor who was drafted by the German army in 1942. Sannwald’s name is etched on the walls of Memorial Church.“He was a member of the German army during World War II,” said Walton. “This is why ‘enemy casualty’ is etched under his name. Sannwald was affiliated with the Confessing Church movement that protested Hitler’s Third Reich. When the German army drafted Sannwald in 1942, military brass would not allow him serve as chaplain due to his sermons critical of the Nazi regime. The German army leaders placed Sannwald on the front lines. Within months he was killed by air raid.,“The Memorial Church stands as a testament to service and sacrifice, paideia and piety, veritas and caritas,” said Walton. “We are all called to a cause greater than ourselves. … Like Adolf Sannwald — the presumed ‘enemy combatant’ — we should never assume that our service will come with accolades and awards. Trying to do the right thing may come with a price. Some may even label you an enemy combatant.“In the words of Zora Neale Hurston, ‘If you want that nice feeling that comes from doing things for other folks, then sometimes you have to pay for it with abuse and misunderstanding.’ But this is a small price to pay to honor the dignity of human personality.”,The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

3 ways you’re sabotaging your own success

first_imgWhen it comes to reaching our career goals, we can often be our own worst enemy. We can blame others for standing in the way, but the truth is many of our own common habits are preventing us from reaching our objectives. Consider these three ways you are sabotaging your own success.You’re procrastinating“There’s always tomorrow.” We all have said this phrase at one point or another, but the fact is that none of us know what tomorrow will bring. Something unexpected may come up that will prevent us from getting done what we didn’t accomplish the day before. The longer we put things off, the harder it is to actually buckle down and cross tasks off the list. You are the only one that can control the pace in which you work and the amount you choose to get done.You’re scared of taking risksWho doesn’t love staying in their comfort zone? It’s a scary thing to step outside the box and try something new. Most of us love that feeling of knowing what we can expect and playing it safe. But, until you make that leap and take risks, you may never reach your full potential.You’re afraid of successAlthough we look forward to the idea of accomplishing what we set out to do, many of us fear what will happen when we get there. Once you reach that level of success, a lot more will likely be expected of you, and that’s a frightening thought. Running with the pack is comfortable, but once you push forward and stand out on your own, all eyes are on you. Ask yourself, “Do I really want to reach my goal,” and if the answer is truly yes, then it’s time to look ahead and stop standing in your own way. 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Dennis “Jay” Becker

first_imgDennis “Jay” Becker, age 63 of Batesville, died Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.  Born March 24, 1955 in Batesville, he is the son of Gloria (Nee: Skidmore) and Donald Becker.  He married Shirley Veerkamp October 24, 1987 at St. Mary’s Church in Greensburg.  He spent 35 years as Director of Radiology for Decatur County Hospital and the last five years as an ultrasound sonographer at Major Hospital in Shelbyville.He was best described as a kind hearted mentor.  Jay took a genuine interest in the lives of his family and friends, always offering encouragement and focus for life’s difficult decisions.  Those same qualities carried over to his work as well, where he was engaged with the personal well being of his patients. An accomplished cook, Jay enjoyed hosting gatherings and was in his element on the grill or at the smoker.  His family teased that the T.V. was always turned to the Food Network channel.  Other interests including playing Pinochle with friends, relaxing in the sun and following horse racing’s yearly Triple Crown run.He is survived by his wife Shirley; daughter Katie Becker of Batesville; sons Ben (Toni) Becker of Greensburg, Zach Becker of Batesville, Landon Becker of Silver Springs, Maryland, Chris Becker of Greensburg, Brad Becker of Waldron, Indiana; sisters Cindy (Dick) Feller of Batesville, Diane Holderman of Englewood, Ohio, Virginia Becker of Batesville; brother Dan (Angie) Becker of Westfield, Indiana and grandson Daxton Becker who is soon to be joined by a sister in the next few days.Visitation is Friday, June 15th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16th at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to Batesville Rescue 10 Life Squad or the Alzheimer’s Association.last_img read more


first_imgTermon GAA have pulled out all the stops for their annual 5K which takes place tonight, Thursday July 3rd.The Race is AA registered and is part of the Donegal Grapnd Prix Series. But this 5k is open to all walkers & runners, men, women & children who would like to take part, get fit & enjoy a fun evening out. This 5k is a flat, fast course and starts at at 7.30pm.The runners & walkers will start from An Craoibhinn, Termon & finish at Termon GAA pitch. Pre Registration will take place at Termon pitch on Wednesday 2nd July from 7pm till 8pm and again on the Thursday evening from 5pm at An Craoibhinn. The cost per entry is €5 per runner / walker & €10 for family registration.Refreshments and prize giving awards will take place afterwards in An Craoibhinn. Termon GAA would like to invite any runners or walkers to come join them in their 2014 Annual 5k and appreciate your support.All details will be posted on their dedicated Facebook page or contact Danny on 087 9384702.  ALL ROADS LEAD TO TERMON FOR TONIGHT’S ANNUAL 5K was last modified: July 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalTermon 5Klast_img read more

Amritpal Singh Becomes First Indian in Australian Basketball League

first_imgOne of the “Big Three” of Indian basketball, the team captain Amritpal Singh, has been signed by Australia’s Sydney Kings for the new National Basketball League (NBL) season. He is the first representative from India to sign for a club in the division after he caught King’s attention during their rookie camp in June.“We welcome Amritpal to our organisation,” said Sydney Kings managing director Jeff Van Groningen on their official website. “We take our responsibility as a member of the global basketball community very seriously and endorse the NBL’s focus on ‘bridge-building’ with those that share an interest and passion for our great game both in India and within the Indian community here in Australia.”He added: “We are excited at what Amritpal can contribute to the Kings as a strong, rebounding big man and we look forward to contributing to his rising career. He is young in the game but secured this opportunity through hard work and professionalism.”Amripal Singh’s Journey So FarThe 26-year-old basketball player hails from a family of farmers in Fattuwal, Punjab. After playing kabaddi for most of his youth, the 6 foot 11 inches tall player handled his first basketball when he was 18. He joined the Ludhiana Basketball Academy in 2010, and captained the Indian team last year.Singh’s appearances include the one for UBA’s Pune Peshwas and then playing alongside another of the Big Three, Amjyot from Tokyo Excellence in Japan. In April, he impressed the scouts in NBL Draft Combine in Melbourne with his defensive presence and footwork.A report on NBL’s official website said of Draft Combine: “The captain of the Indian national team, Amritpal Singh, with a large frame and giant wing-span, was one of the standout performers at NBL Combine in Melbourne, capturing the attention of a number of coaches in attendance.”He was invited along with other senior basketball players Amjyot Singh Gill, Yadwinder Singh, and Vishesh Bhriguvanshi for the NBL Draft combine.What Clinched it for Singh Amritpal Singh was key to the Kings’ win against Lithuania in the Atlas Challenge tournament in China, with 17 points and 16 rebounds. Sydney Kings head coach Andrew Gaze said of the Indian captain on the Kings official website: “Amritpal was a very strong contributor to the Kings’ offseason program, particularly during our invitational tour to China.”He added: “His rebounding was a major factor that allowed us to win the Suzhou event, and he also picked up our overall playing philosophies and schemes quite quickly.”The Sydney Kings are up against the Adelaide 36ers on October 7. Bhriguvanshi, the former captain of India, has signed a one-year training deal with Adelaide 36ers. Started in 1979, the NBL is an 8-team league, with seven teams from Australia and one from New Zealand, which is played between October and March. Related ItemsAmritpal SinghAmritpal Singh Adelaide 36ersAmritpal Singh NBLAmritpal Singh Sydney KingsAtlas Challenge tournament IndiaAustralia basketball IndiansLittle IndiaNational Basketball League IndianVishesh Bhriguvanshilast_img read more