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University community looks ahead for an ‘incandescent moment’

Professor of Movement and Sports Science Paul Alvarez speaks of his “Incandescent Moments.” One of Alvarez’s moments occurred when he traveled to Russia as part of the medical staff for Team USA at the World University Games in Kazan and was recognized as a representative for the United States of America. Alvarez was the recipient of the 2013 Ellsworth Johnson Service Award. / photo by Hunter Cole

Professor of Movement and Sports Science Paul Alvarez speaks of his “Incandescent Moments.” One of Alvarez’s moments occurred when he traveled to Russia as part of the medical staff for Team USA at the World University Games in Kazan and was recognized as a representative for the United States of America. Alvarez was the recipient of the 2013 Ellsworth Johnson Service Award. / photo by Hunter Cole

Rachel Sandoval
Staff Writer

The University celebrated its 122nd convocation in the Sports Science and Athletics Pavilion on Aug. 29.

The annual event marking the beginning of a new school year was full of optimism, highlighting opportunities for faculty, administration and students.

“As we begin this fresh new year, it is a good time to take stock and consider our hopes and aspirations for a successful year,” Provost Greg Dewey said.

“We all have the potential to create our own future for this coming year.”

Dewey attributed the success of the school to the faculty, administration and students all working together.

He addressed the ongoing expansion of the University as well.

“We need to manage growth and deal with capacity issues,” Dewey said.

He said the University must begin to secure itself and its future to deal with the growth.

President Devorah Lieberman congratulated the classes of 2014 to 2017, faculty and administrators for choosing La Verne.

“For everyone who is new and returning, it’s the beginning, the beginning of a new year … a new chapter, a new semester,” Lieberman said.

Lieberman also spoke to students about setting goals and staying in school.

“More students leave school for one reason, and that is they don’t feel connected,” Lieberman said.

She urged students to make a connection with at least one faculty member who genuinely cares and to have at least two close friends.

Lieberman explained that this exercise would help students feel a sense of belonging at La Verne and return for the coming years.

Lieberman also challenged students to live by the high standards of the University.

“The University of La Verne was founded 122 years on four values – inclusivity and diversity, community and civic engagement, ethical reasoning and lifelong learning,” Lieberman said.

These values are ones that the University needs to uphold this year and in the coming years, she said.

Convocation speaker Paul Alvarez, professor of kinesiology and director of the athletic training education program, spoke about having a moment in which someone else’s success inspires others to create their own.

He encouraged the audience to have an “incandescent moment” like the one in the sports movie “Rudy.”

“The flame that can be ignited from those moments can light the way for others to achieve their dreams as well,” Alvarez said.

“This La Verne community, all of us, can only succeed and grow if we support each other, “ Alvarez said.

He asked everyone to shine brightly in his or her own incandescent moment this year.

Elizabeth Ross, president of the Associated Students of the University of La Verne, then led students in reciting the new student honor pledge.

Each new student stood and pledged to respect the University of La Verne, as well as others and themselves.

Dewey ended convocation by reminding students that convocation is just the beginning of an academic career.

The end is walking across the stage at commencement, he told them.

Rachel Sandoval can be reached at rachel.sandoval@laverne.edu.

Standing in their assigned groups in the hot August sun, freshmen await their entrance onto Frantz Athletic Court to be welcomed to the University. / photo by Hunter Cole

Standing in their assigned groups in the hot August sun, freshmen await their entrance onto Frantz Athletic Court to be welcomed to the University. / photo by Hunter Cole

Upper class students and student-athletes watch the Convocation from the stands. / photo by Hunter Cole

Upper class students and student-athletes watch the Convocation from the stands. / photo by Hunter Cole

As the processional begins, Professor of Photography Gary Colby carries the University mace and leads the train of faculty and staff off the court to end the ceremony. / photo by Hunter Cole

As the processional begins, Professor of Photography Gary Colby carries the University mace and leads the train of faculty and staff off the court to end the ceremony. / photo by Hunter Cole

The ringing of the spirit bell marks the beginning of the academic school year, calling everyone to Convocation. President Devorah Lieberman addresses the student body, faculty and staff before ringing the bell as the “Call to the Leo Community.” / photo by Hunter Cole

The ringing of the spirit bell marks the beginning of the academic school year, calling everyone to Convocation. President Devorah Lieberman addresses the student body, faculty and staff before ringing the bell as the “Call to the Leo Community.” / photo by Hunter Cole

After the speeches and closing statement had been made, the faculty and staff ensemble sang the university’s Alma Mater, “The Dear Favor’d Spot,” written in 1921 by George Hollenberg and Truman Funderburgh. / photo by Hunter Cole

After the speeches and closing statement had been made, the faculty and staff ensemble sang the university’s Alma Mater, “The Dear Favor’d Spot,” written in 1921 by George Hollenberg and Truman Funderburgh. / photo by Hunter Cole

Professor of Business Jack McElwee, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Al Clark, Senior Director of Central Services and Capital Planning Chip West and Professor of Journalism George Keeler gaze into the stands as the university student body cheers. / photo by Hunter Cole

Professor of Business Jack McElwee, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Al Clark, Senior Director of Central Services and Capital Planning Chip West and Professor of Journalism George Keeler gaze into the stands as the university student body cheers. / photo by Hunter Cole

Presenting the official opening of the 122nd academic year at the University of La Verne, Master of Ceremonies and Provost Greg Dewey, welcomes all with his speech “Creation of the Future.” / photo by Hunter Cole

Presenting the official opening of the 122nd academic year at the University of La Verne, Master of Ceremonies and Provost Greg Dewey, welcomes all with his speech “Creation of the Future.” / photo by Hunter Cole

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