As we enter finals week of my last semester of teaching before retirement, I find myself frequently reflecting on the idea of my legacy. If you’ve listened to my podcast, you know my greatest fear is to be forgotten. And so, recalling ways that my memory lives on in my last position is important to me.
One of the accomplishments that I’m most proud of is getting a chapter of the Delta Psi Omega national theater honors society on our campus. A group of students and I had our first induction ceremony performed backstage of the theater in Spring 2007. My Technical Director at the time, John Teacher, was concerned when he found the evidence of our ritual the following week. He noticed the circular pattern of dried wax on the floor and feared a demonic ritual had taken place. Perhaps he was most concerned that he had not been invited…
Since that first induction we have had new students join every year, although the Covid year put a bit of a damper on the induction process. However, this year we returned to normal and welcomed several new members. As part of the ceremony, they stepped forward and signed the scroll. These documents have been hanging in my office since that first induction, and I will be passing them on to my successor. I hope that he continues this tradition.
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