Playing the Part
Sep 01, 2011
Concordia's new president encouraged incoming students to play.
"Because in the liberty of play, you may begin to discover who you are," said Dr. William Craft.
Craft addressed students, faculty and staff during opening Convocation Sept. 1, the start of the academic year. After Convocation, incoming students headed to Olin Hill where Craft led them in the Cobber cheer and beanie toss.
There is no better place than a liberal arts college like Concordia where students can imagine themselves anew, Craft told the students.
Applying the many meanings of play, he encouraged students to meet people who are not like themselves and to learn from them. In the process, they will learn to play with others and play like others.
"Play connects us to the rest of life," he said.
And then he had one final piece of advice: "Learn everything you can about the play you find yourself in now," he said. "Play your part."
Read more of Craft's presentations and speeches.