MCLA Bow Ties
I started wearing a bow tie after I earned my Ph.D. It was a reminder that I had accomplished something important, something special. Bow ties are different from other neckwear because it takes a special effort to tie them. You have to be confident to wear one—especially for the first time or in new settings. And you have to make a commitment to wear one.
Shortly after I arrived at MCLA, Trustee and MCLA Alumna Buffy Lord suggested that I have lapel pins made in the shape of a bowtie and in the colors of MCLA. She suggested I should give them to people who have exhibited those qualities of commitment, confidence, and effort.
Not only is this a great idea, it fits perfectly with the values we seek to instill in MCLA students. Periodically, I’ll award these bow tie pins to members of our community as acknowledgement for their demonstrated commitment to or care for MCLA; their promotion of the values of MCLA with others; and for their experience committing great deeds of kindness. I will not always make the award publicly, but the awardees’ names will be registered in the President’s Office as having been acknowledged for their commitment to MCLA.