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Fall 2011

Editor's Letter

"If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."
– Thomas Alva Edison

I have the above quote by Edison near the side of my desk. On days when I feel less than astounding, it inspires me to keep pressing on, moving forward, and believing I have something valuable to contribute to this world.

At Marywood, the capability to do astounding things has been a driving force for nearly a century. Similar to an individual's life, the University's story is replete with periods of growth and moments of challenge, bolstered by hefty doses of inspirational courage along the way.

Marywood did not become the institution it is by allowing outside influences to shape its path. Rather, through a clear vision of empowering education, the University has always pioneered its own mission-driven journey. This is no less true today than it was when Marywood opened its doors on September 8, 1915.

As our Centennial milestone nears, we stand at the threshold of another important door. This issue takes one more step toward that entryway with stories of physical change, academic growth, and emerging potential. Just as the great inventor Edison approached the possibilities before him as signposts to opportunity, innovation, and broader communication, so too does Marywood University look beyond the vista of its first hundred years to anticipate making a meaningful difference in the next.

The dawn of Marywood's second century promises even more astounding things. If we are to take anything from the bold example of our founders, it is the understanding that our horizon is not fixed; we can and should reach beyond it, holding fast to tradition, but eagerly embracing change as the gateway to growth.

Kind regards,
Sheryl Lynn Sochoka ’92
Editor



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