Last Thursday, Sach and I drove to Arkansas State University in Jonesboro to attend the Student Leadership Banquet. Sach was the guest speaker. The banquet was held in the new student center at ASU in the Centennial Hall.
I had not been in the new and improved student union since it was completed. The leadership at ASU has, in my opinion, created a beautiful building that blends into the existing campus in a way I didn’t think possible. You know how all too often when new buildings are added to college campuses it sometimes turns out like spaceage versus traditional. Not this time. The stone on the buildings and the landscaping outside are exemplary.
The students being honored included those involved in the student government, student activities board, yearbook staff, and global involvement. These young people are in charge of the future of our society. They are the most visible kids at ASU this year. They manage to serve in many capacities all over campus without losing sight of their academic goals.
Sach spoke on his experiences as student government president during his senior year at ASU. His key point was to let these experiences lead them on to serve their communities. He also encouraged them to step out and not be afraid to take chances. He recited a story about asking to talk with university president, Les Wyatt. He was the first student to ever do so.
The evening was one of those magical moments when you walk up and the faces light up around you. Old friends and associates made Sach and I feel so welcome and appreciated. Sach explained on the way home that it was one of those few times when the expectations of your reception far exceeded what he dared to hope for, a coming home to ASU.