Optimism – A Perceptual Set for Future Success

By my very nature, I am an optimist. Characteristically I look for the “bright side” of issues and for me, glasses are almost always “half-full” rather than “nearly empty.” An optimistic outlook has served me well over the course of my life. I know it has served me well during this last incredibly challenging year Read more about Optimism – A Perceptual Set for Future Success[…]

Gale Force Winds of Change

The winds of change are upon us – gale force winds that our nation has withstood, yet not without much destruction. Yes, the winds blew, yet they did not blow us down. We were battered, but also further awakened. On January 6, our nation experienced an iconic windstorm – the equivalent of a “national derecho.” Read more about Gale Force Winds of Change[…]

Thanksgiving Reflections: Recognizing the Meaning of the Harvest

For many generations, my extended family has owned and operated a farm in Nebraska—homesteaded by my wife’s ancestors. The farm is a tranquil place. It is fertile land where corn, wheat and other crops are planted and harvested. My wife grew up on the farm, and the property is sacred ground for our family – Read more about Thanksgiving Reflections: Recognizing the Meaning of the Harvest[…]

Crossing a Narrow Bridge TOGETHER

As summer has given way to fall, the Mason community has embraced the seasons’ change and continues to address the many challenges we faced during the spring and summer. The “syndemic” of issues, as identified by Arthur Evans, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Psychological Association, remain as we confront the Read more about Crossing a Narrow Bridge TOGETHER[…]

Lightning Makes No Sound Until It Strikes

June 17, 2020 “Lightning Makes No Sound Until It Strikes.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Lightning has struck – the sounds that I hear are the sounds of change. I am listening, I am hearing and I am learning. Over the last few weeks, I have read the narrative of many colleagues from universities across Read more about Lightning Makes No Sound Until It Strikes[…]

Celebrating the Class of 2020

May 18, 2020 Generations throughout the course of time have experienced defining moments, profoundly impacting how they lived their lives. For my grandparents it was WWI and the Spanish Flu, while my parents lived through the Great Depression and served in WWII. During my lifetime, I saw the Civil Rights Movement change our nation while Read more about Celebrating the Class of 2020[…]

Gratitude – It’s More Than a Word

April 15, 2020 Gratitude is MORE than a word. Gratitude is appreciating and respecting others for their actions and thanking them for their good deeds. The acclaimed children’s musician, Red Grammer, wrote in lyrics to his song simply entitled, Gratitude: Show a little gratitude, make someone smile It’s worth your while and easy to do Read more about Gratitude – It’s More Than a Word[…]

Blog Archives: Provost S. David Wu

This archive contains the blog posts of Provost S. David Wu which date from May 2015 to March 2020. My Farewell and Parting Thoughts on Upward Mobility March 2, 2020 Since the announcement at the beginning of February of my appointment as President-designate of Baruch College of the City University of New York, I have Read more about Blog Archives: Provost S. David Wu[…]