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Take a moment to reflect on the efforts behind the scenes – The Oxford Eagle

Take a moment to reflect on the efforts behind the scenes

Published at 06:00 on Saturday, October 1, 2022

By Steve Stricker

Today at 11:00 a.m., the #16 Ole Miss takes on School “Basketball”, the #8 Kentucky Wildcat football team for our Homecoming game in the Vaught – both teams are 4-0! GO REBELS!

So, Ole Miss Homecoming – welcome to all rebels! Consider all the planning that has been involved so far, the game, your arrival here, college, Oxford, so can you understand all the planning, preparation, organization of my hero the Queen’s funeral Elizabeth II last week – enough energy was used to light up London for a month – and I imagined a perfectly clean London!

Monday, September 19, no daily Mass all week, so I watched NBC’s jaw-dropping coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – six hours non-stop and was totally mesmerized because everything, not everything, from each place, Westminster Abbey to his final resting place in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and everything in between since his death at Balmoral Castle, Scotland was spotless, glittering, not a single glitch, from its impressive precision carriers, to not a single person out of step in that rhythmic cadence of military drums of hundreds marching through the Royal Mall (I’ve walked around my house there), until the lowering his coffin (gulp) as the cameras focused on King Charles III, the raw emotions as he seemed to sink into what he was now responsible for his mother’s impeccable reign over the past 70 years and more….

Where does one even begin to think of the incredible spectacular and impeccable royal pageantry that the British have pulled off so well? ! Perhaps strangely, for me, it starts with our fantastic Ole Miss custodial and maintenance staff who, in my fifteen years of working on campus, have always been my heroes! Without the buildings being clean and everything functioning as it should, the burden of educating our amazing students would never have happened! Then, especially during the pandemic, there was so much planning and movement to keep our students and everyone safe and the university open… well done to all students, staff, faculty and l administration of Ole Miss!

For me, the process of getting a degree is as important as the degree itself because of all the academic work and discipline required behind the scenes, among the social demands, especially tough through all the COVID stuff and you all did it! After that, with your degree from the University of Mississippi, you are ready for whatever life throws at you.

And those are the details in the background that only a few see, like when I say my daily rosary… there in the first joyful mystery, Joseph is chosen to be Mary’s bridegroom by God, married but before living together – St. Gabriel’s Annunciation message, accepted by Mary – all background events – what the wedding was like, where did they live, what did they eat, did they have a pet, what was the wedding like? Joseph’s carpentry shop, where did he get his supplies, what did he do? And, I imagine a young Jesus being taught by Joseph and Mary, with Mary also helping with shop projects.

In my 21+ years of college experience, including 15 at Ole Miss, I have been challenged many times to coordinate things such as the final year of my PhD. Counseling program, Ph.D., thesis and president of the Ole Miss Graduate Council, one that was literally dead in the water, like it didn’t exist – and just took off with it, catching students I met on the sidewalk to represent their school, put the Council online, were funded by the administration and, two years later, were so proud to have selected it as “The Best Alumni Council in the Nation!”

But perhaps the toughest coordination was going from Deputy Director of the Ole Miss Career Center and teacher at the Martindale Center to being selected as Director of MBA Planning and Career Placement and teacher at the Ole Miss School. of Business Administration – a new high from scratch. – profile post I had to develop, lots of teacher suggestions, but eventually had to work my way up and luckily it worked. Also taught a class of 120 senior business majors…fun, loved, busy, Miss Ole Miss and our awesome students!

However – none of this can hold a candle to the scale of the Queen Mum’s funeral arrangements which even Mum helped before she died, such as the endorsement of this spectacular Jaguar/Land Rover hearse – wonderful and well done , all you Brits – I miss you mum!

Y’all are home today thanks to your organization, planning, perseverance and graduating Ole Miss – well done! GO REBELS, DEFEAT KENTUCKY! And go ahead, have a great Homecoming weekend!

Steve is an Oxford resident, worked on campus, earned his Ph.D. in Counseling from Ole Miss, is an LPC, NCC, and can be contacted at [email protected].