Friday, March 06, 2015
The Lester Wendt and Michael Lester Wendt
Welcome to the Lester G. Wendt and Michael Lester Wendt Character Initiative
What is the Wendt Character Initiative, and what difference does it make?
It's all about developing a culture of character here at the University of Dubuque. By this we mean developing good character in community with others. Some universities have ethics centers where academic experts study and write so they can inform others' thinking about moral issues. At UD, we value such information, but we especially seek to collaborate on forming ethical character in each student, faculty and, staff member (and as you have already figured out, this means in our campus community as a whole). The Wendt Center is dedicated to facilitating this effort, and that makes it rather special!
How can this Wendt Center form ethical character?
The short answer is that it can't--not directly, anyway. What it can do is help you seize the challenge of your own character formation. To some extent, during the K-12 years parents and teachers can shape children's character by teaching, modeling and reinforcing good behavior, but a university is for adults. College is where we really start making our own decisions, where the rules are comparatively few, where we are exposed to new ideas and learn how to think for ourselves. In college, forming our character is mostly up to us, and we start developing the kind of adult character that we'll take with us to the workplace and our own families. That's why it is so important for us to reflect on questions of character in college.
So, the Wendt Center is about developing the tools, experiences, conditions, and connections that will help you reflect on why character matters, what good character involves, and how to develop your own character in a direction that any future children, grandchildren, neighbors, and fellow citizens would be proud of.
What does the Wendt Initiative do to support character formation?
We're glad you asked. Here are some of the ways in which we work to support university members' quest for character:
Where does the funding for the Wendt Initiative come from?
The Lester G. Wendt and Michael Lester Wendt Character Initiative at the University of Dubuque was established in March 2004. Funding for the Initiative is made possible by a generous memorial gift from the son and daughter-in-law of the late Lester G. Wendt and the parents of Michael Lester Wendt. In so doing, the donors wished to advance those principles of living and working exemplified by Lester and Michael that informed their concerns for lives of purpose and character.
Consistent with the University's stated Mission and Values and its Reformed Christian heritage, the overarching goal of the Initiative is to enhance character formation throughout the campus among students, faculty, staff, and other constituents in a manner that promotes a shared culture of character incorporating the virtues of truthfulness, honesty, fairness, and The Golden Rule. Feel free to contact us via the pop-up menu above.
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