Dr. Drew's Infrequent Blog

14 May 2007

Congratulations LIS Graduates!

May gradingfest continues (sigh), but I wanted to say Congratulations to the class of 2007! I have more photos at flickr.

Dr BE Pruitt as Keynote Speaker

Changing topics, it was interesting to reflect on the address by the commencement speaker, Dr. B. E. Pruitt. The University of Texas A&M Professor was primarily introduced to the faculty beforehand as a specialist on abstinence education. Interim Chancellor Konan also mentioned that State Senator Gabbard (famous for his anti-same-sex marriage activism) was also attending that day, so I jumped to the conclusion that the presentation probably would be something supporting a neocon moral agenda. The Bush Admin. has spent millions on abstinence education, despite the fact that several studies have challenged its effectiveness. What I did not know was that Professor Pruitt had published government-financed studies which demonstrated they don't work. Even before I learned that (on Monday morning) I was pleased with his presentation. He called for graduates not only to "go forth" -- as usual -- but encouraged them not to be afraid of engaging in the political process. He also encouraged grads to challenge themselves to dialog with people with different political opinions. I could not have agreed more.

OK, that's all for today. Have a great summer everyone!

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