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Tomatoes and the Wendt Character Scholars

Sunday, February 2, 2014  
Posted by: Kari Lammer
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Tomatoes and the Wendt Character Scholars
Annalee R. Ward, Director of the Wendt Center


Early in the summer, when my tomatoes begin to grow strong, I put a support structure around them. The structure allows the plants to grow up and the fruit to mature on the vine instead of rotting on the ground as food for worms. Grape tomatoes or Big Boys, Heirlooms or Early Girls, they all need help.

Here at the Wendt Center, we often speak about how to help students grow strong with excellent character. This year we’re exploring the theme:Who Are We? Integrity, Truthfulness, and Honesty.

That image of the tomatoes makes me think about the need for structure in our lives, and what better one than character?

To build a good "structure,” we need to develop good practices which grow into excellent habits which build the structure of our character. Habits of truthfulness and honesty help us to become people of integrity. People who produce "good fruit.” People who make a difference in the world. People who live lives of purpose.

This fall 59 Character Scholars and 5 Mentors will come together every Monday night to learn about what integrity can mean and to grow good practices and habits. During the course of this year, they’ll filter out to the community doing community service and leading by example. And they’ll be encouraged to "speak the truth in love” as Paul reminds us in Ephesians.

If you were a Wendt Character Scholar, please join us October 12 at Homecoming. We’ll have an Affinity Group down at the River Center on Saturday night where some of our current Character Scholars would love to meet you and hear how character matters in your lives. Hope to see you there!




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