“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
As a career teacher of sixth graders to twelfth graders, I can say that I learned the truth of what the main character declared in the movie The Man Without a Face, “All teaching is an act of grace” in helping students to live well in developing a sturdiness and keenness of mind, as well as emotional, physical, and spiritual balance, and a range of intuitive and reasoning skills, with the hope that students will be able to step out into the world open, poised, steady, even-handed, loving, tolerant, and purposeful so that they can place their hands on the plow and begin turning a long furrow with an attitude of confidence in building the fiber of their individual lives, and, in doing so, adding to the commonweal, with an underlying sense of hope in the power of humanity. Good teaching is always pragmatic and idealistic, and we have had many Omega Mu brothers who understood that good teaching is an act of grace in embodying both principles.
The chief pillar and cardinal virtue for any college or university is the strength and devotion of the teachers, professors, instructors, administration, and support staff. They have a profound influence on so many people in clarifying and shaping the trajectory of life choices and career callings. We are proud of the efforts and accomplishments of the following brothers for the strong presence of their devoted service to the students at the University of Maine and other colleges and universities across the United States. They stayed abreast of the new academic developments, pedagogical techniques, and sustained a strong willingness to expand the knowledge base of their subject material. In many instances, they spearheaded salutary developments in their respective subject areas that would have evolutionary repercussions. Consequently, with true Omega Mu character, hardly surprising, they each exhibited passion, commitment and, most of all, the desire to instill a love for the life of the mind in varied academic disciplines as faculty members, instructors, university presidents, administrators, and support staff. That is true civic leadership and well-deserved Omega Mu character because “there is no wealth but life.”
In large and small ways, it is a continuing tradition of excellence and service to this day, with many present Omega Mu brothers serving on various college and university boards and committees. For their sustained love, demonstrated commitment, dedication to ideals, and diligent energy in supporting the unique mission and identity of their respective academic institutions and students on a daily basis, we say thank you. Within our tightly-knit Omega Mu brotherhood, we owe our deepest affection and gratitude and admiration for their good work in the field of education. Thank you.
Chip Chapman, ‘82
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