Saturday, April 22, 2006

What a week!

Life in the Park School is always full of energy and amazing events, but this week had to be one for the record books. Not only did we host the premiere of Strongest Ever, the new full-length documentary produced by students and Professor Ben Crane, but we also inducted our inaugural class of students into our new honor society, Lambda Pi Eta, and we hosted the first (annual) Rod Serling conference.

Every single event was as excellent as the one that preceded it.

I called "Strongest Ever' one of the best documentaries in the history of the Park School. And the audience clearly agreed with me. The auditorium was packed; I'm not sure I've ever seen it that crowded. And the standing ovation lasted at least an hour...well, OK, but it seemed like an hour. Being part of a community that embraces its members' accomplishment with that kind of exuberance is a privilege, and it makes this place what it is.

On Thursday night, we inducted almost 100 Park students into the new honor society, a chapter of the national communications honor society. Associate Dean Virginia Mansfield-Richardson took the initiative this year to get the chapter established, and she and Gwen Benners from the dean's office worked like crazy to make the event as special as it was. Lots of parents showed up to congratulate and celebrate their students' achievements. It was so inspiring to see that many brilliant Park students in one place.

And the Rod Serling conference started on Friday afternoon. We brought in participants from all over the country, and on Friday we announced to Carol Serling that we have renamed Studio B the Carol and Rod Serling Studio in recognition of all they have done for the college and for the school over the years. It was an incredibly successful event, culminating tonight with a "Twilight Zone Marathon" screening the group's favorite episodes (I got to introduce "The Obsolete Man"; if you haven't seen it, you definitely should.

All in all, a pretty exciting week in a pretty exciting place.

Next week, we'll be welcoming Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review, and Al Franken, progressive radio talk show host -- PLUS a whole slate of student awards, screenings, and end-of-year celebrations.

I love this time of year!


Blogger Patricia Wilcox, LCSW said...

Congratulations to all of you for your accomplishments!

4:03 PM  
Blogger Amy Z said...

Hi Dianne-
How do you become involved with Lambda Pi Eta? I have been on the Dean's list and have been involved within the park school.

2:46 PM  

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