New Horizons

by Cassidy Lawson

Last week, I had the honor of having coffee with our Vice President of Student Affairs at JMU, Mark Warner. Dr. Warner is quite beloved on our campus because he has been here for so long and he truly is a Duke for life! He is so invested in our campus and our students and it is evident in everything he does for our community. For the sake of sharing the knowledge, I wanted this blog to showcase the bi-annual Student Affairs opening letter from Mark Warner and his wonderful end of the year thoughts. Enjoy!

We all know that the horizon is where the earth touches the sky. Some of the most beautiful images we ever see are when we view the horizon – whether a sunrise, a sunset or silhouetted mountains at dusk. For a horizon to be spectacular, it needs the earth, the sky, and the viewer. The viewer – that’s you, that’s me. When we view horizons through our respective lenses, we see the magic caused by the meeting of the ethereal with terra firma.

What I love is that every horizon we gaze upon is new. No horizon we view is ever the same. So it is with the way we can approach our work at JMU. Every new person with whom we interact, every form we touch, and every learning moment are all new. We bring to those encounters new eyes. We are not the person we were yesterday. If we embrace this renewal mindset, we can bring excitement, energy, passion, hope and adventure into our lives. When we do so, we can give a wonderful gift to those around us – our rejuvenated selves.

I challenge us all to truly look at our new horizons, to appreciate their beauty, inspiration and promise. Let’s use their example so that we might be that example for others.

I thank each of you for the important role you play in creating new horizons for others.

Let me leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.”

- J. B. Priestly
What magic is waiting behind your morning?

Student Affairs - the First Years

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