It's the end of week five of the tour! The RV has traveled 9,417 miles, we've attended 17 alumni events and made it to 29 donor visits.
This week I was able to take some time away from the road and enjoy a couple of days back at home in Jacksonville and the best part of being home for the Fourth of July was being able to drive the RV in the parade. I was also interviewed on WRSP in Springfield. I've been spreading the word of MacNation and the great work being done at MacMurray across the country for the past month, so it's been a joy to be able to spread the word in MacMurray's home and the surrounding areas.
We're heading to Michigan today for the alumni event at Sava's as we continue to make our way to the East Coast!
As we start the trek eastward, we continue passing fun places like Fair Oaks Farm. The scenery will be changing in the coming days, but it's always comforting to have a place that looks like Illinois.
One thing's for certain, the President LOVES his coffee and he's enjoyed stopping at all of the different coffee shops and, of course, Starbucks all around the country!
He loves drinking coffee in the morning, mid-morning, noon, afternoon, evening, and sometimes even right before bed. Coffee has been a constant on the MacNation Tour! He's even got Flat Mark in the habit of drinking a couple of cups a day!
If it's not normal, black and brewed he'll dress it up with extra hot steamed skim milk and a shot of espresso, and with the tour being halfway over I wonder how many cups of coffee he's had so far?
Head over to the MacMurray College Alumni Community to answer today's trivia question!
For the next couple of days, Dr. Eric Berg will be joining me on the road!
This fall Dr. Berg will begin his twelfth year as the professor of philosophy at MacMurray College. He came to MacMurray after receiving his Ph.D. in Philosophy from The University of Kansas.
Eric grew up in a very small town called Campbell, Minnesota, and he says that being from a small town allows him to connect well with his students who have also grown up in small towns.
He is also very interested in baseball and the twentieth-century French philosopher Albert Camus. Eric is a member of the Springfield Long Nine Vintage Base Ball Club as well as a member of the executive board of the Albert Camus Society, both very rewarding experiences for him.
Even though he's a Minnesota Twins fan, I think Eric and I will get along just fine during these next few days on the road!
We are up in Chicago for the MacNation events tonight and the city is beautiful as always. However, this view of Belmont Harbor almost has it beat.
I am taking some time away from the RV life and enjoying a couple of days home in Jacksonville, IL.
While at home I had the privilege of being interviewed on WRSP in Springfield where I was able to spread the word about MacMurray College and the MacNation Tour.
Alumni, staff, faculty and friends of the College joined me in the Fourth of July parade in Jacksonville, IL!
The MacNation RV is already themed for the occasion and it was a good opportunity to show off the red, white and blue wrap to the community, not to mention it was a great way to celebrate the holiday in MacMurray College's hometown.
I really enjoy seeing the spirit of MacNation that surrounds me in the town where it all began.
Thanks to all the alumni, staff, faculty, and students walk with us in the Jacksonville Rotary 4th of July Parade! It was a great day to celebrate the MacNation!
We had one of the biggest alumni events so far on the MacNation Tour at the Muni in Springfield last night! The group got a backstage tour from the cast of Mary Poppins, which includes Mary Kate Smith '12, Gil Opferman '74, and Ann Freiburg '73 Opferman, showing us around the theater. We even got to see the "magic" of how Mary Poppins flies across the stage. Don't worry, we won't tell!
The performance was extremely well done and very entertaining! After being on the road for a month, I continue to be energized by the alumni and students attending each of the events.
Each Sunday’s post will be themed around one of MacMurray College’s six core values – Knowledge, Faith, Service, Wisdom, Duty, Reverence – that come together to create the Spirit of MacNation.
These values were adopted in 1955 when MacMurray established separate men’s and women’s colleges and were combined to became the core values for MacMurray College when the College became one in 1969.
Together these six core values define, inform, and guide the philosophy and work of the College and become the Spirit of MacNation.
Today, we reflect on Knowledge.
“Knowledge is power.” There is a reason why this maxim has been around for so long.
Knowledge opens doors, leads to more options and opportunities, and is a tool that can be used every moment of every day, but it is acquired through experience. To gain knowledge of anything one must be open to learning and willing to do the study and research to become acquainted with the skills and facts that are needed to be better decision makers, better leaders and, overall, better citizens.
Students come to MacMurray College to gain the knowledge that is needed to better themselves and the world around them. The College’s mission has always been to educate its students and to provide a learning environment with programs that prepare them for their careers and further education. Since the school opened its doors in 1846, thousands of students have been equipped with the knowledge of a liberal arts education that gives them broad-based skills and ethical insights to confront the global challenges they face.