2012 Scholarship Luncheon – Welcome and Assoc. Provost Remarks – Doug Estry (Video 1 of 5)

2012 Scholarship Luncheon – Welcome and Assoc. Provost Remarks – Doug Estry (Video 1 of 5)


– Well, good afternoon. And welcome to this tenth
annual fellowship luncheon. My name is Doug Estry. I’m the associate provost
for undergraduate education here at Michigan State University. I say this every year, but this really is one of my favorite events each year. The opportunity to bring
together the donors, whose foresight and
philanthropic nature has created and contributed to the scholarships that provide much-needed support
for students here at MSU, and, in addition, the many students who receive that support. And, as I hope all of you heard, the tables now go on to do
some really amazing things. This luncheon is one way
for us to say thank you to those who are supporting
the students here at MSU. So, thank you very much for taking the
time to join us today and for everything you’ve
done to make the dreams of a great education become a reality for the students at MSU. I’d like to take a moment to introduce several administrators and faculty who have joined us today and who, in addition to their
dedicated service at MSU, are also scholars and donors. I’d like them to stand for just a second and be recognized as I call their name. First, the honorable Dianne
Byrum, an MSU trustee. Dianne today wasn’t able to make it, but Dianne works many long hours, trust me, alongside the
president and the provost to assure the continuing
quality of the MSU degree. Mr. Robert Groves is here. Bob is the vice president for Advancement, and it’s been a real pleasure
having an opportunity to work over the last
several years with Bob as he outlines new directions for both development and all of
my relations here at MSU. Dr. David Gift. And David is the vice president for Computing and Technology, and he’s here helping to assure that the cutting-edge educational technology are available to faculty and
staff and students at MSU. Down here in front we have Dr. and Mrs. James Potcheon. As a chairman emeritus of
the Department of Pathology, Dr. Potcheon’s foresight and innovation have resulted in one of the leading departments of radiology in the country. And I must add that, in addition, he unquestionably leads one of the most sought-after freshman
seminars here at MSU. And one of these days I gotta convince him to open
about ten more sections (laughter)
that I’m sure we’ll be able to fill them at the drop of a hat. Mr. James Potter. Director of admissions and a critical person here in helping shape the class at MSU and recruit these wonderful
students who are in the room. And Mr. Ron Flynn. Where did I see Ron sitting? Here, who is our associate vice president for Physical Plant and critical person here at MSU. We try to keep all the
facilities operational that are important to the
education and research that MSU does. And finally but far from least, Mr. Scott Westerman, who is the executive director
of the Alumni Association, and many of you know him. So let’s give these people
a round of applause. (applause) Before I go on, there’s a few other people that I would like to just
stand to be recognized. Jennifer Bertram and the staff of the Development office, for my office, the graduate school of the Honors College do a great job– (applause drowns out all other sounds) Okay. As dean, I meet often
with alumni and donors from around the country. I am continually impressed
as I hear their stories and look through the
things that have motivated them to support students at
Michigan State University. And I said to Donna earlier, she’s going to be one
of our speakers later, that all the wonderful information she has from her history here at MSU, we ought to write it down sometime so that we can capture this
in a very personal way. A college education is essential, and not only does it
provide young women and men with deep knowledge and a discipline, but it assists them in
developing the skills they need to be what we call today our boundary spanners, individuals who can communicate and work effectively in teams, individuals who appreciate and understand what it means to live and
work in a global community, individuals who can think analytically and make evidence-based decisions, and individuals who can
facilitate the integration of knowledge from different
disciplinary areas so that we can begin to
solve some of today’s most challenging problems. An MSU education was designed and is preparing leaders and lifelong learners. Despite efforts on many fronts to contain the costs of higher education, these costs continue to
rise, as you all know. Your support is one important part in helping to contain them. The support you provide helps to limit and often eliminate the need for students to take out loans in order to pay for their undergraduate education. Today, we would like you to hear from two scholarship recipients. First, Miss Alicia Shaw. Miss Shaw will graduate from MSU in May with a degree in hospitality business. She is a recipient of the MSUFCU Student Study Abroad Scholarship. And then following Alicia’s presentation, there will be a short video. Please join me in welcoming
Alicia to the podium. (applause)

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