During worship last Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church there was a puppet show for the Time with Children section of the service. The kids sat politely and listened to the lesson and then returned to their seats when it was over just as they were supposed to do, everyone but one young man named Parker. Parker had to take a peek behind the curtain to see where the puppets had gone and maybe who was really “pulling the strings.”
For much of my life summer has been my favorite season. But as a college president, the best time of the year is the fall. Returning students are back and new students have helped reform the campus community. Once again there are sporting events to enjoy and opportunities to engage with the greater surrounding communities. One such opportunity presented itself last Wednesday. The First Presbyterian Church (FPC) here in Hobbs hosted a dinner and invited our volleyball coaches and team members to eat their first home cooked meal away from home in the new academic year. Five more such dinners are planned over the next few weeks and each night a different group will be honored. This week it will be Women’s Soccer.
I almost forgot to write my blog for this week. So much is going on now that we are into the full swing of the semester that it can overwhelm students, faculty, and staff. But let’s not let the busyness of the fall term drown out the business of the university community. We are here to engage in learning and student success, which also includes athletic and spiritual development. That means going to classes, attending chapel, and showing up for athletic practices and competitions as participants and spectators are our top priorities. But lots of other things are happening too, and each of us has a unique set of goals that also deserve our attention.
Last week was an extremely busy week on campus with no slowdown in activities this week. Caryn and I were privileged to watch our volleyball team beat Sul Ross State and Huston-Tillotson and narrowly lose in a five-game match to the projected conference champion Our Lady of the Lake. We also saw our Women’s soccer team play Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock on Thursday and plan to watch both the Men’s and Women’s teams play McMurry today in Hobbs. USW Tennis is also on tap today at the Hobbs H.S. tennis courts. And once again our Wednesday Chapel was packed. Bill Weidner, USW athletic director and vice president of development, shared a moving faith story with a packed house of students, faculty and staff.