When I started Purdue in February, 1963, we students did not ask many questions about our educations…now, students are in better control of their educations! By the way, then women could not wear pants unless it was 10 degrees outside. Women were required to have two years of physical education and either pass a swim test or take a swimming class!
I joined Liberal Arts as an academic advisor in 1971 and Management in 1980. Over the years, students have increasingly challenged us, asking more questions of us…they are thinking more about their education than we did before. They try to make intelligent decisions and we help them in the process. Students challenge us. I will miss them…their energy increased my energy.
The joy of those years is that I still keep in contact with students from the 80’s and 90’s and was honored to be a guest at a graduate’s Hindu wedding in India recently.
So, what are my plans after December? More travel, more volunteerism, and more time with family and friends. I am reminded of the infamous, delightfully wacky comedienne, Moms Mabley, who had great advice: “If it feels good, do it, and if it don’t feel good, don’t do it!”
I thank my cohorts in the School of Management and all of you advisors for all your knowledge and cooperation over the years.