Coleman Elridge III, executive assistant to Gov. Steve Beshear, addressed the Union College community during Spring Convocation, urging students, faculty and staff to leave a legacy worth remembering for Union College.
To motivate students as they begin a new semester, Elridge issued a challenge about servant leadership that came in the form of a question.
"How can you come together so your legacy is giving back and strengthening your community?" Elridge asked. Referencing his own past, Elridge told students of how his mother challenged him in high school to not only imagine more for himself, but to imagine the same for others.
He then related it to students, asking them how they could take the opportunity of a college education, and use it to make sure other students received that same education.
"Dare to make it better," said Elridge, urging his audience to help create opportunities for future generations. "Make sure your story doesn't end with your success."
In closing, Elridge offered one final piece of advice for students, reiterating the challenge he had issued to students earlier.
"Shape the future we inherit," Elridge said. "And do so with dignity and justice for all."
In addition to Elridge's speech, Common Partners, a service-based organization at Union, was presented the Golden Can trophy for collecting the most food during the month-long food drive sponsored by Kentucky Harvest Southeast.
Union President Marcia Hawkins also recognized the Appalachia Service Project, a national ministry for home repair, by presenting them with a citation as a "token of respect and admiration for the work of thousands of volunteers," Hawkins said.
Spring Convocation was held Tuesday Jan. 22, in Conway Boatman Chapel. Spring convocation marks the official start of Union's spring semester and is held annually.