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President's Blog--January 2013--Our Collective Action is Required

January 27, 2013

The Inaugural Speech of President Barack Obama probably will be one of the most memorable Inauguration speeches of  United States' presidents and, likewise, one of the most defining speeches of Barack Obama, the man and leader.

Like many other Americans, I listened to the speech wanting to hear a message that would brace us through these tough times, bring us together in times of extreme divisiveness,  and steer us  towards a future that envelopes the dreams of  happiness and well-being for a diverse, varied, and sustainable America.   Like he has done so many times in the past, President Barack Obama delivered.  He reemphasized that we are the "change,"  in statements like, "Preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action," and "We are responsible, each of us as citizens, for setting the country's course."

Understanding the difficulty of our challenges, President Barack Obama stated, "We must act,  knowing that our work will be imperfect."  Yet, "that is our generation's task- to make these words, these rights--of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness--real for every American."

As we prepare the campus for students to return this weekend, the words of this courageous American echo in my ears--"it is our generation's task"; "commitments we make to each other... do not sap our initiative, they strengthen us."

We at Cheyney University consider it a noble task to work towards the words memorialized in our Declaration of Independence:  "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Welcome back students!

Michelle Howard-Vital, Ph.D.


Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

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President's Blog - February 2013 - Helping Others Reach Their Potential

January 25, 2013

Most of us have visited a pre-school or kindergarten and noticed how much fun the children are having playing,  moving around,  laughing, and learning.  Their enthusiasm seems contagious, and some may even marvel at the teacher's ability to direct the students' energy and movement towards the learning and development activities.  But many of us also notice that when we visit students in the sixth or eighth grades, something has changed.  The students seem to have become more sluggish, and there is less laughter and enthusiasm.  These differences seem to become more pronounced as students enter high school.  The noticeable transitions from excited interest toward apathy probably are related, in some part, to hormones and adolescent development, but does it have to be so?  Some of the transitions in students' outward attitude towards school, learning activities, and the acquiring of cognitive skills brings back memories of Jonathan Kozol's observations of his teaching experience that he discussed in "Death at an Early Age."

So the question becomes, even as students begin a college education, how do we rekindle that "joy of learning" and guide students towards a life that will have to include continuous learning along with professional, and emotional growth?  Yes, we know this is not easy, unless you get to know the students. At Cheyney University, we work to help students rediscover their natural curiosity towards learning and their confidence.  Small classes, caring faculty, and University College are just some of the strategies we use to help students explore, develop personally, and find their potential contributions to society.
The thousands of Cheyney graduates who tell us how we helped them find their way to complete graduate programs and reach fulfilling careers are the evidence that inspire us to continue pressing forward in this mission of restoring that youthful love of learning. 
Michelle Howard-Vital, Ph.D.
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania 

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If students really understood the impact they can have in this world and just the potential of their human bodies, they would strive as hard as they could to be the best they can be. Life's amazing when you really educate yourself!
Karen Falgore 10:23AM 03/25/13
I think this is a great idea because of opportunities, which events like this are giving. Good job!
Caroline 5:05AM 03/15/13



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