Eric Gordon, Mailroom Coordinator and 2015 Winner of Max L. Starkey Award
I am very pleased and quite proud to be here today on behalf of the men and women
who serve on the Illinois Wesleyan University staff. President Jensen and Mrs. Jensen,
we welcome you to our University community. The staff is composed of multi-talented
individuals, each of us proud of Illinois Wesleyan University and each of us committed
to our own specific roles in the support of the University, and especially, our students.
As my personal role in the “blue collar” field of the University, I was thrilled to
hear of the backyard barbeque and bluegrass celebration being held at the Shirk Center.
Both sides of my family originate from the hills of Kentucky. Our grass is blue. President
Jensen, I hope you don’t mind that I have taken the liberty of inviting many of my
family members from Kentucky to join us in the events taking place this weekend.
They were very excited at first, but then disappointed to find out that the guest
speaker was not Larry the Cable Guy. Also troubling to them was the fact that the
nearest Wal-Mart is nearly four miles away. But, when I informed them that the Shirk
Center does have indoor plumbing and shower facilities their spirits were greatly
I have been in contact with the IWU Security Office and asked them not to tow away
the many broken down rv’s that will be parked around our campus. They are not abandoned
and they will be gone by Monday. I have also informed them that if they see folks
drinking from Mason jars during the day, there is a good chance that a Hatfield and
McCoy style feud may be going on in the quad later that evening. I have requested
additional security near Aspiration, the water feature behind State Farm Hall, as
the temptation will be great for my family to jump the “cement pond” ala Dukes of
Hazard style during their visit. So be on the lookout for any suped up 1969 Dodge
Chargers around the campus.
In conclusion, we are excited about the future of Illinois Wesleyan University. We
are all proud Titans. President Jensen, there are many great challenges ahead. You
have the opportunity to advance equity among all Illinois Wesleyan employees and to
lead us with vision and courage to even great accomplishments.
My personal wish for you is that you are able to complete each work day with a feeling
of satisfaction and that you begin each new day with enthusiasm.
The members of the staff wish you every success in your presidency.