To our Editors
I was so impressed and touched by the story on the young paramedic/firefighter in your last issue. However, I do want to comment on his statement, “Big business and compassion seem to be mutually exclusive.”
My husband worked for an oil company for over 35 years. I have to say that what they do in the humanitarian, educational, ecological and arts arenas is really overwhelming. They are great supporters of scientific medicine; universities all over the country (including UD), as they multiply the contributions of their employees; preservation of natural resources, believe it or not; and the arts. As a result of his employer’s generosity, my husband and I have been able to provide over 30 scholarships to UD students.
I think it’s important for us to realize that we need to have big corporations, although they get a black eye in the media. They are part of our free enterprise system, provide jobs for millions, improve our living conditions and, yes, they do a great deal for our communities, educational facilities and cultural enrichment.
Let’s give them a little credit.
Louise Lattomus Dick, EH ’59
James S. Dick, EG ’59
After reading the UD Messenger article about the four agriscience teachers who took part in a NASA program, I wanted to share my own experience last summer as one of 30 college students from across the country selected for NASA’s Pre-Service Teacher Institute at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The National Aeronautical and Space Administration has several opportunities for educators and students to get involved in its programs. The teachers who went up on the Reduced Gravity Flight had an experience of a lifetime and now can relate to their students about real-time research that is taking place today.
By participating in this program and the one that I participated in, a teacher can learn what NASA is about and show students the world of possibilities outside the classroom door.
There are tons of resources that are free to teachers; you just have to know how to find them.
Megan Beaty, EH ’11
FROM our EDITORS
In the August issue of the UD Messenger, an article about Tony Shahan, AS ’94M, incorrectly described the Newlin Grist Mill historical site, where he is the director, as the only operating 18th century gristmill in Pennsylvania. As Jennifer L. Green, AS ’02, visitor experience coordinator at The Mill at Anselma in Chester Springs, Pa., has pointed out, Anselma was built in 1747 and has been back in operation since 2004.
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