Annual President's Speech given at 2013 Winter Outing
It CAN be done. Those four simple words sat upon the desk of Ronald Reagan as a constant reminder that with tenacious effort and dogged determination that all things, even those thought to be impossible, are possible. As leaders in the nation’s finest Scholarship Program- that is, recipients of our peer’s investment of confidence, we too have the ability to accomplish the impossible, to create a positive return on that investment. It CAN be done.
After a tumultuous fall semester, our Chapter lacked the cohesion that it previously possessed. As such, our number one priority consisted of taking the necessary steps to re-establish our group unity, for a Chapter without the internal support we have all came to know and love, is not a Chapter at all, but merely a house. By installing a point system that placed a premium on involvement, we saw a drastic improvement in social comportment (with no members on social probation) and academic performance, as our fall GPA topped every house on campus. Our creed says it best, for “we strive for group unity and loyalty through an interaction and appreciation of varied backgrounds and personalities.” As we returned to that basic idea, we achieved success. It CAN be done.
A year ago, I sat in these very same chairs, eager to be a part of the success that would surely define the next year and arrogant to the challenges I would confront. But I learned that with a vision toward the next horizon, and an undying belief in the good of this precious organization, the sky is the limit. Today, it is with great honor and greater humility that I approach my second term as president of the Purdue University Evans Scholars. It CAN be done.
-2012-13 President Chad Barker