Famous people, present and future
By Pastor Kara
During the last week of May, I met a couple of world-famous people.
I had the opportunity to meet Eddie Lacy, a running back for the Green Bay Packers. He spoke at the Greater Milwaukee Synod Assembly, which was back on the Carthage campus after a 12-year absence. Eddie told his story of life after Hurricane Katrina, going through teenage depression, and how the faith of his mother (and now his faith) keeps him going.
Because my office was used as the “green room,” I got to take a selfie with Eddie, who shared with me that he’s nervous about public speaking but feels the need (maybe the call) to give back in any way he can. Items were auctioned off, people paid to hear him speak, and a lot of money was raised for Outreach for Hope, the granting arm of the synod.
That same week, I met Laura Ling, a journalist, a survivor, and a humble human being who knows the meaning of freedom more deeply than most of us. She gave the Commencement address, talking often about her imprisonment in North Korea and the glimmers of hope that got her through it.
More importantly, I was part of celebrating the graduation of the Carthage Class of 2015. After my first graduation, I admit that I went back to my office quickly, got my car keys, and hit the road to get back home to my family. This year, after graduation, I headed down to the carpeted arena and hung around.
I wasn’t in such a rush to leave because, over the course of my first full academic year, I met some pretty amazing students and wanted to have at least one last word with them — students going off to graduate school, students who received Fulbright fellowships, students volunteering overseas, students who started their “real world” jobs even before they officially graduated. Those students helped to make my first full academic year an amazing time of growth and learning (and more late nights than I’m used to having).
From September to May, my life was filled with conversation with students who someday will be famous. They may not be famous like Eddie Lacy or Laura Ling, but they will be famous in their areas of study or for starting nonprofits that change a little bit of the world.
People who graduated from Carthage in May will be famous for amazing performances on stage and maybe screen, or for amazing teaching that opens the hearts and minds of their students to believe in themselves and their potential.
They will be famous as voices for the oppressed in our world, or for going to dangerous areas of the world to bring medical care to those who are powerless to end the wars around them.
They will be famous in this publication when their acts of courage, kindness, extreme generosity, love, marriage, expanding families, and more are listed in the back pages.
I have a feeling that, each May, I will have a chance to meet another amazingly famous person or two, but, more importantly, I also will say goodbye (or “See you later”) to more famous people than I could ever imagine meeting. I also have the feeling that my time on the carpeted arena floor will grow longer and longer each graduation year.
Peace and love,
The Carthaginian is a magazine for Carthage alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends of the College. It is published three times a year by the Carthage Office of Communications. Read the Carthaginian online at www.carthage.edu/carthaginian.