For Immediate Release
August 22, 2014
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BROCKPORT, NY—The College at Brockport, State University of New York, now has another 2,020 students to call its own. And those new students—1,103 freshmen and 917 transfer students—were officially indoctrinated into the Brockport community Aug. 21 during an Academic Convocation ceremony.
Brockport President John R. Halstead, PhD, spoke to the incoming class about the book they all read together as part of Brockport’s summer reading program, This I Believe II. He laid out his own personal beliefs, consisting of things like life-long learning, inclusiveness, diversity, collaboration and philanthropy. Then he asked the group what they believed.
“Think about your belief systems and values now as you begin college,” Halstead said. “I can assure you they will change. But always be true to your own values.”
The students also heard an inspiring message from Ryan Nobles ’98. Nobles parlayed his Brockport experience, which included stints as a DJ and operations manager for the student-run radio station 89.1 WBSU The Point and Brockport Student Government President, into a dynamic career as an Emmy award-winning political reporter and network news anchor.
“My warning for you is this: as quick as this speech is over will be as quick as your time here comes to an end,” Nobles said. “Savor every second. Take advantage of every opportunity. You will only get one chance to be a college undergraduate. It has the potential to be the best four years of your life. And it starts now.”
The students also heard from Amy Prutsman, a double-major in marketing and communication studies, who offered a more recent perspective. She spoke to the incoming students about the opportunities they’ll have to make a difference.
“Another reason why I love Brockport is that it is the kind of place where you can make a positive difference in the lives of others, while learning valuable skills and knowledge that prepare you for life beyond college,” Prutsman said. “With all of the opportunities on this campus, I encourage you to find something that not only makes you happy and creates long-lasting memories, but also something that makes a positive impact on our campus or in the wider community.”
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