Fayette County Leader from Fayette, Iowa on September 13, 1962 · Page 23
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September 13, 1962

Fayette County Leader from Fayette, Iowa · Page 23

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DR. EUGENE GARBEE is 1 shown at the right above visiting with Thomas Nickell of the University of Southern California, prior to the summer commencement ceremonies. Speaker points out need for Education and leadership The Commencement address at the Upper Iowa University graduation ceremonies was delivered by Thomas P. Nickell, Jr., of the University of Southern California. Mr. Nickell is vice president of the university planning department at U. S. C. His address, in part, was as follows: This is my first visit of the Upper Iowa campus, but I feel like an old acquaintance. Through your alumni and friends, much of your history and tradition has achieved wide recognition. It is a great history and it is a worthy tradition. Private higher education depends on the kind of people who have poured their lives into this university and this community. I refer, for example, to Dr. John Dorman (the stories about him will never end). Dr. Dora Carter, Judge Antes, and so many others who have made Upper Iowa a vital place of learning. Well-known, too, is the great interest in Upper Iowa, expressed by Dr. Milo Maltbie and Dr. John Baker. Equally impressive is the story of the Graf Dormitory and of this building, the Colgrove- Walker Memorial. As one deeply concerned with strong private colleges and universities, I am greatly encouraged by all that has been achieved here. There are many reasons why this commencement is important. For one thing, on the national average, about forty per cent of all college freshmen never reach graduation day. This alone is enough to make every university commencement a significant event. However, commencement at a liberal arts institution is important in a way not as widely appreciated at it should be. Some people still have a basic misconception about graduates of the liberal arts college. Their theory is that the large state and urban universities with many technical courses and professional schools-are the exclusive source of specialists for all professions. This is half of the theory and it is only half-right. The rest of the theory says that liberal arts institutions are a source of specialists in absolutely nothing. This of cuorse, is absolutely wrong. The truth is that the graduate with a liberal education - the graduate of a university such as this one - can have the most important specialty of all. He can specialize in leadership. He has learned to see things whole. He knows we are living in an age of specialization - but he also understands that leaders are needed to give unity and direction to the efforts of isolated specialists. Not all of the nation's population understand the need for this kind of leader. However, business has recognized, for a number of years, its need for college graduates with strong backgrounds in liberal education. Science, which seems to be developing a sense of social responsibility about the products of its research, is seeking men who have studied the humanities. And, certainly, schools and colleges, in their constant search for more teachers, administrators, and guidance personnel, are seeking the kind of graduates assembled here -the kind of graduate who has developed insight to reach truth and, therefore, seldom needs to apply hindsight to correct error. This is not to deny that further training on the job or at another school might be required of some of you young ladies and gentlemen. But, in my view, the liberal arts graduate is moving more and more into the preferred category of this nation's manpower supply. In this respect, employers are recognizing the liberal arts graduate has practical value. I would hope they also recognize what most scholars have long understood. That is, a liberal arts education, as a thing unto itself, is a noble thing, enriching the mind and heart and life of man. The student so enriched has received a foundation essential to leadership. His interest in ideas exceeds his interest in things, and this is essential. His broad knowledge of man and his grasp of fundamental truths about man are of infinite value. In short, the kind of graduates assembled here are needed more than ever for 'the WELCOME U.I.U. STUDENTS It's great to have such nice people as the Upper Iowa students and faculty in Fayette. We hope you will enjoy your stay here. WE CARRY THE BEST IN HOME IMPROVE- MENTS, DOORS, WINDOWS, SIDING, ROOF- ING, AWNINGS AND FALLOUT SHELTERS CUSTOM BUILT HOMES UNITED CONSTRUCTION CO. Phone 31 Fayette, Iowa preservation and growth of the American system - as it was conceived by our nation's founding fathers. Another reason why this is a particularly important commencement is its setting. Over the years, the Midwest has proved to be a most fertile soil for the production of leaders. The reassertion of great American leadership and fundamental values is urgently needed. Thus, every diploma awarded here bears the weight of faith and responsibility. I refer to the responsibility of maintaining those American traditions which seem to have been nowhere better preserved than in the Midwestern states of the Union. In regions such as this, the perceptive student has been exposed, more than some of his generation elsewhere, to the traditions of free enterprise, state sovereignty, and a limited federal government -and to the conviction that freedom for all men is more than a commendable ideal; it is an attainable goal. Particularly in the Midwest, and in regions of kindred attitudes, does the student find the tap-roots -the source-of balanced American College Edition 13 Thursday, September 13, 1962 Fayette LEADER Fayette, Iowa life-where no theory, can become truth without test By national balance, I mean not only a healthy skepticism for the glittering new idea but optimism for American's future; for its survival as a culture and a nation according to time-tested and time- honored truth. Thus, I find its significant that, throughout regions of Midwestern attitude, July the Fourth is still remembered as Independence Day. The important thought I hope to draw from these observations is that regions of Midwestern temper, wherever located, provide particularly healthy ground for American university and college campuses. In such regions, truth and distortion, constructive progress destruction, are not often and not easily confused It could not be otherwise in a state whose motto proclaims: "Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain." The preservation of individual liberty and a state's rights (continued on page 20) We Welcome You STUDENTS AND FACULTY Of UPPER IOWA UNIVERSITY We Invite You To Stop In And See The NEW FALL FASHIONS From — • KORET OF CALIFORNIA Sportswear • JACH WINTER Slacks • JANE COLBY Knitwear • HELEN HARPER Sweaters • EDDY SKIRTS • GAY GIBSON Dresses • SWIRL House Dresses • SHIP'N SHORE Blouses • GOLD STRIPE Hosiery • MUNSINGWEAR Lingerie • KATZ Sleepwear • LJSANNE Dusters * "" A • LANSON Car Coats -*''**' • PURSES ,***<" "' I • GLOVES ,JT • JEWELRY VERA'S Vera and Harold Schmidt Phone 81 — Fayette IT MAKES US HAPPY- To see the increased enrollment at Upper Iowa University, and the extensive building program that has helped to make U.I.U. one of the best small colleges in Iowa. We're sure it will continue to grow. WELCOME STUDENTS You're wise to take advantage of the opportunities offered by this outstanding institution. We are pleased that so many farm youths in this area have the chance for higher education at a nominal cost Maynard Co-operative Co. Phone 36 — Maynard, Iowa i

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