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From the Editor, Fall 2016

Jodi Picoult penned an interesting quote that caught my attention while preparing the 125th anniversary edition of VOICE Magazine.

“History isn’t about dates and places and wars. It’s about the people who fill the spaces between them,” she wrote in the 2013 novel “The Storyteller.”

Having spent most of my professional years as a writer, I experience life through the tales of others.

I helped capture the emotions of people from various walks of life as they watched the Twin Towers burn. I chronicled the hopes, dreams, and sometimes the stress of political candidates during many election seasons.

Writing these days is much more positive. I have the fortune to witness and document the success of students, faculty, and staff here at the University of La Verne.

In this special edition of VOICE, we focus on the university’s 125-year history.

It is filled with triumphs and setbacks, challenges and progress. It contains tales taking you from the white water of Montana, to the big dreams of a retired College of Law dean, to archaeological treasures unearthed from around the world.

While it is important to embrace our roots and reflect on the past, this edition also looks toward the bright future of the university.

Generations from now, the people who fill the spaces between dates and places today could be the focus of our next 125-year celebration. Will you be a Leopard who is one of those people?

With the university’s abundance of scholarly innovation, its connection to community and the giving spirit of Leos, many will no doubt leave a tremendous impact in the years to come.

But try not to wait too long to leave your legacy.

After all, history began only a moment ago.

Melissa Pinion