There is something special about a Saturday in September on a university campus. Such was the case this past weekend when MU hosted its home opener in football, along with soccer matches for our women’s and men’s teams. The campus community, alumni, parents, and other visitors saw our university at its best. Our new students were introduced to “Game Day” and all the excitement. School spirit was abundant, as everyone watched the teams, marching band, cheer squad, and dancers.
Saturday was also “Gwen and Tim Holtsclaw Day,” recognizing their service to the university and community. One of my favorite things to do is to thank people, so what a wonderful occasion to celebrate the ways the Holtsclaws have contributed to Methodist and made it a better place.
This has been a wonderful opening of the year for Methodist University. We have witnessed a record enrollment and our highest number of residential students, who will enjoy the many activities that are available to all members of the campus community. To see these same students enjoy their university experience as they begin their educational journey and create lifelong friendships with classmates, teammates, and roommates is something to behold. They will remember their experiences during the first weeks of college and be loyal Monarchs forever.
At the end of the football game (after Methodist defeated Guilford, 41-34), new MU Football Head Coach C.J. Goss started a new tradition. He asked the football team, band, cheer squad and dancers to gather in the end zone. After the playing and singing of the alma mater, he asked me to address the group. I congratulated them on their victory and their perseverance, but most important, I thanked them for being such wonderful representatives of our university as they conducted themselves with class throughout the contest. The fans, including their families and fellow students, were very proud of them. And what a thrill to see a new tradition started and such a wonderful, positive experience shared.
It made a Game Day to remember and relationships to enjoy for a lifetime.