Hello family, friends, and supporters:
As us Bruins–soon-to-be graduates and all–wrap up our careers (and lives!) at UCLA, the time had officially come tonight for our President Vince to “pass the torch” on to the incoming Mortar Board Class of 2011-2012. Tonight in our final meeting in the Global Viewpoint Room in Ackerman Union, President Vince recapped the year and thanked us all for our contributions. First, during his recap, he reminded us of how far this chapter had improved from the previous year–and the extraordinary “new heights” that the Agathai Chapter had reached. As you can see from the picture below, Vince re-wrote the three goals that we had set as a chapter this year: Innovate Projects, Refurbish Existing Programs, and Amplify Visibility. Without a doubt, we did those things and completely revolutionized what the Agathai Chapter stood for. It only takes one viewing of the Mortar Board Recap video (in the previous blog post) to realize the quantity and more importantly, quality of the events were participated in and the exciting things that occurred.
And after he was done recapping the year, it was all something that we undoubtedly took to heart; as UCLA students (and soon to be alumni), we represent this University always and forever. We can all be proud–collectively as a group–of how we represented UCLA during this past year in Mortar Board.
But he was not done, tonight, folks; Vince then spoke to each one of us in front of both our peers and incoming Mortar Board-ers and recognized our individuals achievements. Just listening to Vince speak out about each person really made us realize how much we all accomplished–together. We each brought our own “talents” and skill-sets and did some remarkable and beautiful things this year that we know made a difference in our lives and most importantly, others’ lives. In addition, it was an extremely classy gesture for Vince to do that–he has been our leader all year long, expecting great things out of us and getting the best out of us in every which way.
Yet, as they say, all great things must come to an end. As Vince finished recapping what we did and how we did it, it was time to pass the imaginary podium on to the incoming President, Maddie. While this current class indeed took this chapter to “new heights,” we were not perfect and know that the incoming class can improve upon our success. Maddie reiterated this point and promised already to keep the “bar” at the current level of excellence while continuing to expand Mortar Board’s influence. The foundation is set and Maddie and Co. will absolutely “raise the bar” even higher.
In conclusion, it was a special year–a year that all of us will forever be proud of. And even more, we are proud of what thechapter did together and just as excited to see what this incredible new group of students will do in the future. It has been an honor to be a part of Mortar Board and the Agathai Chapter. Best of luck to next year’s and it’s not good bye, only see ya’ later!
Sending the warmest regards from the Class of 2011,
-Barry Goldenberg, Historian 2011