ORDINARY PEOPLE, EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENTS
How do you become deputy director of the word's largest international police organization? Or a deputy undersecretary with the U.S. Department of State? What are the challenges inherent in learning to save the lives of animals or represent an industry of over 500,000 people? Next week, Moravian students will receive a glimpse of life after graduation and some advice in navigating their own way through it, as a panel of Moravian alumni share their success stories. Passion & Purpose: Inspirational Grads With Stories To Tell is intended to have a real impact on Moravian students, says Ann Claussen, director of HUB and Event Management. "We hope students will come away feeling empowered to do things in their life they might not have thought possible," she says. The event's featured speakers are Tim Williams '85, deputy director, Interpol; Andrew Semmell '64, deputy undersecretary for nuclear nonproliferation, U.S. Dept. of State; Veterinarian Georgine Danyi '87; and Deborah McKinnon '73, vice president, Mortgage Bankers Association of America.
The speakers say their stories will benefit anyone who seeks a purposeful life. "Vision, perseverance, flexibility and networking have been the cornerstones to my career path. I plan to share how one can use those cornerstones to their advantage pursuing life after Moravian,” says Deborah McKinnon. Andrew Semmell adds, "I'll likely talk about my role in both athletics and academics, how they're not necessarily incompatible, and how much both helped get me to, through and beyond Moravian College and into a professional career." The evening of advice and anecdotes is one of several Moravian events this semester with a theme of "Follow your passion…live your purpose," planned as part of the student affairs GOAL (Goal Outcomes Advancing Learning) project. Others include last month's visit by cancer survivor Chad Crittendon, and the upcoming workshop and lecture by life coach and author Marian Baker on October 30. And though it's a student-oriented event—be sure to encourage any student you know to attend—Ann invites everyone to come and enjoy an evening of inspiring stories. "We'd love to have you, and anyone you'd care to bring," she says.