Spaceflight: The beauty, the Glory and the Sacred
Today we started our first morning session with former astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave.
Story joined the U.S. Marines during the Korean war where he was aircraft electrician and an engine mechanic.
Musgrave started flying with the Marines and over the next 55 years accumulated 18,000 hours in over 160 aircraft. He holds seven graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, literature and psychology, and has received 20 honorary doctorates.
Panel of Lasallian Alumni with Successful STEM Careers
After a great starting session we continued with a panel of Lasallian Alumni with Successful STEM Careers. They are Richard Gadomski, Founder & CEO (Retired) PSI Group, Carolyn Vitek, Medical Education Coordinator/Geneticist, Mayo Clinic and Stephen Ruberg, Scientific Leader, Advanced Analytics, Eli Lilly & Company, Global Statistical Sciences.
Regional Lasallian Education Branding Session.
During this session we were trying to find the four pivotal subjects that will be the platform in finding a common ground for the Lasallian Branding. The four suggested topics are:
Advancing the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle
More than three centuries of responding to student needs
Shared vision within a global community, and
A 21st century education rooted in tradition
Distinguished Lasallian Educator Awards Banquet
The day ends up with a Mass and banquet to honor our distinguished Lasallian Educators.
Bro Tom Lackey introduces the recipients of the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award. At the end of the ceremony Bro. Frank and Bro. Larry pose with our hosts from La Salle High School in Cincinnati, OH.
Our keynote speaker for the first morning session today was Alex Cirillo Jr., retired Vice President of 3M, who was talking about “The Role of Innovation in Education”. It was very interesting to know that Dr. Cirillo has also contributed to mentoring programs both inside an outside 3M, including mentoring in the MENTTIUM 100 program.
Then during the rest of the day we had a chance to participate in breakout sessions like “Pedagogy for Conceptual Retention: Modeling Instructions in Science”, or “Serving Learners and Educators.”
Last night Bro. Frank, Visitor of the Midwest District did the opening with Welcoming Remarks to the 37th annual Huether Lasallian Conference in Cincinnati. The theme is: Promoting Innovative Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Initiatives in Lasallian Schools.
For the next two days science, computer, mathematics and engineering teachers, technology directors, administrators, District and Regional leaders from any Lasallian ministry are gathered together.
After a great introduction by Bro. Frank we were delighted to hear Father George Coyne SJ, President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. Father George holds a doctorate degree in astronomy from Georgetown University and has been awarded a PhD degree honoris causa by several universities in the USA. Father George introduced us into the science of the universe and religious faith, a very powerful presentation!