SWTJC President Ismael Sosa, Jr., Ph.D. commended faculty and staff for their accomplishments over the past year and encouraged them to keep up their good work as the 2012-2013 school year begins.
"You have done a great job with limited help from the state and you are the engine that will keep our institution moving forward," Dr. Sosa said. "We need your continued energy, motivation and passion, in connecting with our students and helping them succeed."
Speaking at the first general faculty meeting of fall convocation on Wednesday, Aug. 22, Sosa noted that longtime history instructor Harry Lawrence gave him a piece of advice in 1968, at Sosa's first general faculty meeting, that he has never forgotten.
"This is my 89th general faculty meeting," Sosa said. "I believe there were 20 of us at my first meeting and I remember Harry Lawrence telling me that ‘to succeed at this job you need a sense of humor.'"
President Sosa told the faculty that Lawrence's advice still applies today. "You deal with students who face some pretty overwhelming obstacles when they come into your classes," he said. "Keep smiling and remember that our students desperately need that human touch."
Sosa will be retiring next summer after 45 years with SWTJC. He has served as president for the past 14 years.
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