Uploaded on Jul 15, 2010
Featuring: John Robinson.
Director of Photography and Editing: Scott Baisden.
Music: Pro Scores by videocopilot.net.
Special thanks to Bruce Tinker and the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.
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I'm John Robinson, and I'm proud to be a Michigan State University Spartan.
Through my experiences at Michigan State University (MSU), including time there being part of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity, I learned the importance of inclusion and diversity. Now, I am doing work in that area, sharing those values with others. The Creed of Pi Lambda Phi states, "That no society of men can flourish unless members of that society are endowed with the opportunities and privileges of freedom," and "That it is incumbent upon me to fight for such freedom even with my life." In my work, and in my life, I am helping individuals and organizations communicate, work through differences, and value diversity.
At MSU, I learned what it means to be leader and a strong communicator, including my experiences in Air Force ROTC. Colonel John S. Rogers led by example, providing vision, holding people accountable, and encouraging excellence. In ROTC, and in my classes, I also learned strong communication skills. Since MSU, I have been able to assume leadership roles in education, business and society. I have been well-equipped to communicate with all stakeholders, and strive for high standards.
John T. Madden, the director of the greatest band in the land, the Spartan Marching Band, told us student band leaders that it was up to us to create the magic for the other students in the band and those that watched us perform. I will forever carry that charge with me. Now I am creating that magic for others as an entertainer and as an educator.
I know nothing that demands work ethic, innovation, tradition, and excellence like kickstepping out of the tunnel at Spartan Stadium with the Spartan Marching Band, creating sights and sounds for the fans in the stands, and parading through campus. Even my dad, who likes "that other school down the road", is a fan of the kickstep and the Spartan Marching Band. I also experienced a demand for high-standards in the classroom and around campus. Those values are still with me today.
So many people at MSU worked hard to give me a bright future, like the late professors James & Ruth Hamilton, and my advisor Vern Mason. I was given guidance, counsel, and support. I made life-long friends at MSU that assist and inspire me today. Today, I am working hard to help, support, and inspire others to have a promising future.
I learned the value of an education at MSU, and now I work hard to provide others with educational and growth opportunities in both my professional and personal lives. At MSU, I got in touch with my creativity and honed my performance skills. That fuels me today as I use those skills on stage, on screen, and in the classroom.
In all, I'm doing all I can to reach, inspire, educate and mold people -- one mind at a time, one heart a time.
I'm a Spartan, and I'm changing the world.
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