President Walker Shares Lawrence Tech Vision with Phi Kappa Upsilon
Friday, July 9th, 2010
At the annual Phi Kappa Upsilon Fraternity Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony on May 19, Lawrence Technological University President Lewis Walker provided the audience with a state of the union update on Lawrence Tech. With more than 92 Phi Kapps in attendance at the Detroit Athletic Club to honor Brother Dale Hartford for this award, we were entertained and educated at the same time.
Dr. Walker provided many examples of the Lawrence Tech vision statement: “To be a preeminent university producing leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit and global view.” After some time to reflect, I was amazed at how the school and our organization have developed a similar vision over time. Not surprisingly, PKU and LTU were founded by the same man, Russell E. Lawrence.
Leaders: Leaders can manifest themselves in many ways. There can be that one individual who says to a group, “This is what we need to do, and we are going to do it!” If that person is a true leader, he or she will have the respect of the masses, and they will follow. A leader can also be that individual who quietly sets forth a vision for a group, and the group as a whole recognizes the value of the vision and implements it.
LTU alumni comprise a vast list of leaders in the world today. From CEOs of multinational companies to team leaders in small engineering departments, they demonstrate that the proof is in the pudding. PKU is fortunate to have an outstanding group of leaders who set vision and help continue our bonds of brotherhood in the spirit of Russell E. Lawrence.
Entrepreneurial Spirit: This spirit is born within a person’s soul, and if nurtured properly, can form everything from a three-man consulting firm to the building blocks of industry. LTU has taken great strides recently to foster this nurturing with its focus on entrepreneurial workshops and guidance. Students and business leaders are working together to help perpetuate this continuous spirit with direction and advice. If you provide brilliant minds with the tools and direction they need, there is nothing that can stop them from achieving their goals.
Preeminent University: The accolades for Lawrence Tech just keep on coming in. Here is just a brief sampling:
If this list doesn’t start to define what a preeminent university is, then I don’t know what would.
Global View: I used to think of Lawrence Tech as … Southfield, MI, which is what it was when I attended school. Not anymore! Lawrence Tech has taken on the global view of education. There are four other LTU sites within Michigan where students can take classes. Also, LTU has taken to partnering with other universities around the world to provide first-class education. These universities are located on Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Phi Kappa Upsilon would like to thank Dr. Walker and Steve Brown, vice president of University Advancement, for attending our event on May 19. Your insight and direction will continue to inspire us in our endeavors. Our organization was founded on the principles of education and brotherhood. We hold very closely our ties and relationship to Lawrence Technological University. After all, if it wasn’t for the school, we would have no fraternity.
– Doug Riddell, BSEE’89
President, Phi Kappa Upsilon Fraternity Alumni Chapter