Clayton State University President Dr. Thomas J. Hynes, the keynote speaker at today’s Eighth Annual Clayton State New Student Convocation, made his main point right at the start of his address.
“There are many people at Clayton State who are concerned about finding ways to help you succeed,” he said at the opening of his presentation to a full house in the University’s world-famous Spivey Hall.
Hynes book ended his remarks by closing with the same theme; working with the students.
“You have already proven to us that you have the ability to allow us to work with you to help you make your dreams real,” he concluded.
Hynes also provided academic advice and long-term general well-being advice to the incoming freshmen. For the former, he stressed the importance of knowing the sources that provide help for academic success; the Center for Academic Success, the First Year Advising and Retention Center, and the faculty. In regard to the latter, he spoke on career plans, being careful in the use of social media and, “when in doubt, check everything twice.”
Hynes was just one of several speakers who elucidated the resources available to ClaytonState’s incoming freshmen, resources that include the dedication of the ClaytonState faculty and staff in helping members of the class of 2017 succeed. Among those addressing the subject of student success were Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Academic Success Dr. Mark Daddona, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Micheal Crafton and Interim Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Elaine Manglitz; in other words, most of the University’s “heavy hitters” in academics and student support.
“Be engaged, be involved, take advantage of the opportunities presented to you, and learn from your mistakes,” said Manglitz.
After the University’s top administrators had their say, the students heard from one of their peers, ClaytonState student body president Joshua Davis, who also emphasized success, and recalled the Analects of Confucius.
“The faculty are here to cater to your academic success,” he said. “You are here to get a degree, remember that, and remember what the Chinese philosopher Confucius said, `a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’
“Class of 2017, let the journey begin.”