Have you ever had times when it seems time flies both quickly and the distant past seems to be yesterday? How come some childhood memories are as clear as a bell, but often I don’t remember why I walked into a room? Calendars show that years and years have passed, but it only takes the smallest thing to bring me back to days gone by with crystal clarity. The past, present and future mix in my brain creating the strange web that makes up my life.
Yesterday I met some dear friends who I worked with years ago. I mean years and years ago. We were reunited for a sad occasion, but we found the joy of memories taking us back to an earlier time and our old selves. And it was wonderful, important, uplifting and warming our hearts. No matter how much time had passed, the pull to last year was strong.
Yet we have also lived in the present moment and talked about how our past together has not only shaped the present, but will continue to influence the future. As we dispersed in different directions so many years ago, this common history binds us forever. What will end up being a small incident in my entire life has had a profound impact on who I am, what I believe and the actions I have taken. I was reminded again how grateful I am to have been on a small part of an epic journey of public service by an amazing man and his brother.
Studying our past always gives a glimpse of the future. Jon Frey, a classic archaeologist, is digging far into the past. It is part of a decades-old archeology project in Isthmia, Greece and recently launched a fascinating new website. Discover the MSUToday feature, Bring an archeology project into the digital age, to learn more about his work and to watch a fantastic video about the project.
Sixteen years ago, Bruce Uhal, professor of physiology, had no idea how his work would become incredibly relevant today. He was planning to retire but changed his mind when he learned that the enzyme he was expert in is the primary receptor for the virus that causes COVID-19. Learn more about how he put his plans on hold. to return to this key research.
Cheri Speier-Pero, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at Broad College of Business, and Tobias Schoenherr, Professor of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, know that the key to a bright future is to empower students. opportunities and experiences in the present. Read their Faculty Voices: How Academic and Practitioner Engagement Affects Learning to learn more about the experiences of students working on real projects.
Sometimes current success can help motivate investment for future achievements. This week, the world leader in packaging Amcor gave a transformative gift to MSU’s Wrapping School, with an emphasis on sustainability. CEO Ron Delia looks to MSU to help create a more sustainable future by stating: “The students of the MSU Packaging School today will be the packaging leaders who will lead this continuing push for packaging tomorrow. responsible. “
And, speaking of tomorrow, fall is just around the corner. While it seems like we’ve been living with uncertainty for a very long time, we know we’re going to have to live with it a little longer. With new COVID variants on the rise, the health and safety of our university community must be the top priority. This is why the university announced new vaccine and mask mandates for the fall semester.
I have often wondered how the last 17 months will forever change our future. Certainly there have been incredible losses for so many people. Beyond the tragedy, what else will change in our future because of this past? I think it is certain that the “standards” of the work will not be the same as before. Hope we keep things like online ordering and in-car pickups. We have all acquired new ways of living, learning, engaging and connecting.
We all have different past experiences and yet we also have a lot in common. Let’s celebrate our differences, unite in our collective present, and create an amazing future for all of us. #SpartansWill
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