My Fond Farewell to Tuskegee University

“Testing – Testing: 1, 2 3 and 4”

By Dr. David E. Marcinko MBA

Here I am at the podium for a microphone sound check at the beautiful and iconic Tuskegee University Chapel. Guest speakers have ranged from U.S. Presidents, foreign heads of the state, and other persons of note such as Mary McLeod Bethune and Martin Luther King, Jr.

My Purpose?

Link: https://medicalexecutivepost.com/2019/04/12/my-visit-to-tuskegee-university-in-alabama/

Currently, the Chapel serves as the home of the famed Tuskegee University “Golden Voices” Concert Choir. Read more about the History of the Chapel, right here.

Link: https://www.tuskegee.edu/about-us/chapel

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As I toured the historic TU wooden chapel with my host and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Channa Prakash, I could not help but notice it seemed like a larger version of the famed copper-wooden chapel in Rovaniemi Finland. I mentioned it to the Dean who surprisingly informed me that he too visited and spoke at that same site in Northern Finland, near Lapland, a few years ago. Rovaniemi is Lapland’s capital city, an energetic jewel of the North which lays claim to being the home of Father Christmas.

A “small world” co-incidence!

Link: https://www.dezeen.com/2017/01/08/suvela-chapel-oopeaa-espoo-finland-copper/

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The College of Arts & Sciences Seminar

For the last two decades, I’ve had the opportunity to speak at small informal seminars with a few attendees – to larger more formal international presentations to an audience of thousands. But, success in my mind relates to the engagement, reception and feedback of the audience; not mere size. This was the case at the C&S and affiliated Tuskegee University National Center for Bio-Ethics in Research and Health Care.

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Using this metric, I learned that our niche seminar was indeed a success with dozens of esteemed faculty members, administrators and over a hundred university student – scientists collaborating and challenging me with state-of-the-art comments, insights and experiences that combined the theoretical and applied applications of our subject matter expertise …. followed by a spirited Q-A session. And, for which I am  grateful.

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So, after a post reception gala social event; whole campus, Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver Museum, and biological laboratory tour, it was time for me to “Drop the Mike” on Tuskegee University.

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Assessment

I then waved good-bye and bid my hosts and new friends a fond farewell – until the next time. Thank you TU.

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