(Neb)-CSC Post-Grads Urged To Follow "Frontier Values"
CHADRON – The 122 individuals receiving post-graduate degrees Saturday morning at Chadron State College were urged to follow the "frontier values" that have shaped the region the school calls home.
Education Professor Dr. Patti Blundell spoke at the graduate ceremony in Memorial Hall, where Mattie Churchill of Alliance and Megan O'Leary of Omaha delivered the opening and closing moments of reflection respectively.
Blundell, a Dawes County native, reviewed the history of her grandparents and other plains homesteaders, people who were able to earn land by moving into the wide open west and working hard to improve the land with buildings and crops.
“Why do the experiences of the homesteaders matter to us today? Their experiences molded the values that are part of this region. Those core values can be traced though the history and development of CSC. We are designated a ‘Frontier College,’ meaning Far and Remote. If you are a child of the Plains, you are comfortable with 360 degree skies and sparsely populated areas,” Blundell said.
CSC has grown and thrived because it reflects the frontier values that have shaped the region and are still important today, according to Blundell, and she told the graduates “I believe the frontier, pioneer values are also reflected in you."
Blundell enumerated a list of those pioneer values such as adventure, opportunity, sacrifice, hard work, adaptability and perseverance, pointing out that it still takes dedication and hard work to be successful in the High Plains.
“Even today, this region is not an easy place to be successful. It requires tenacity and the ability to keep on going. You have demonstrated your perseverance in reaching an important goal,” said Blundell. “I believe you are well prepared with knowledge, skills and values of an institution and a region, equipping you to flourish in your next frontier.”
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