In the United States and around the globe people are starving for leadership. One does not have to look far in our technologically-driven information age to find examples of this craving for guidance whether in war-torn countries, our own political systems, or in our schools. It seems that, in different ways, people are seeking safety from above, empathy from those who lead them, and new ways of doing and being. Perhaps this is why the School of Education (SOE) adopted the following vision statement, the first in its decades-long history: Shaped by the Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic tradition, the School of Education aspires to prepare transformational leaders who are committed to excellence and serve others in a diverse and global society.
As you peruse the pages of this years' SOE Year in Review (YIR), I believe you will enjoy reading some of our most salient accomplishments and also sneaking a peek at our future initiatives. The work of our faculty, students, and administrators is experienced by preschoolers, school-aged students, adolescents, and adults alike because we believe that through education the path to freedom is not only created but sustained over time. We are committed to serving the underserved through our teaching, advising, research, and celebrations. Once again I invite you to be part of this project, to take a leadership role, and to encourage friends and colleagues to be part of transforming the world in which we live via education because after all is said and done we can proclaim confidently it is all about education.
I leave you with a quote from the American author Louis L'Amour from Education of a Wandering Man: "If I were asked what education should give, I would say it should offer breadth of view, ease of understanding, tolerance for others, and a background from which the mind can explore in any direction. Education should provide the tools for a widening and deepening of life, for increased appreciation of all one sees or experiences. It should equip a person to live life well, to understand what is happening about him/her, for to live life well one must live with awareness. Education depends on the quality of the teacher, not the site or the beauty of the buildings - nor might I add the winning record of the football team."
Vincent C. Alfonso, PhD
Dean, School of Education