What is Your Life’s Blueprint?

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Welcome to the William E. and Ernest L. Boyer Common Day of Learning at Azusa Pacific University, a campus-wide event dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and learning. Since 1993, APU has fostered its commitment to scholarship—one of the university’s Four Cornerstones—by hosting this multidisciplinary conference dedicated to the commemoration of academic discovery, an intellectual adventure that celebrates the scholarship of engagement. In the words of Ernest L. Boyer:

American colleges and universities are one of the greatest hopes for intellectual and civic progress in this country. I am convinced that for this hope to be fulfilled, the academy must become a more vigorous partner in the search for answers to our most pressing social, civic, economic, and moral problems, and must reaffirm its historic commitment to what I call the scholarship of engagement.

Once a year, regular daytime activities are suspended so faculty, staff, and students can have an opportunity to share their research, scholarship, and artistic pieces with each other and guests from the surrounding communities. To promote a common discussion, conference events are planned around a central theme; this year’s is What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?, derived from a speech Martin Luther King Jr. gave to students at Philadelphia’s Barratt Junior High School on October 26, 1967. This year’s theme is a call for reflection on what principles, persons, and interests guided you to your current lot in life. Moreover, it raises the question: How do we aid students in constructing a solid blueprint for the future? To help us answer that question, we will focus on three directives that King gives in the speech:

[You] should [have] a deep belief in your own dignity, your worth and your own somebodiness.

Some may not grasp what they are worth to their inner circle, mentors and mentees, subordinates and supervisors, and more importantly, to the God we serve. Let us make special attempts to remind others of their worthiness.

[You] must have as the basic principle the determination to achieve excellence in your various fields of endeavor.

There is no room for mediocrity and no one called us to be mediocre. Let us be encouraged to achieve excellence in our work, regardless of what the work entails.

And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it.

Play your part as if God requested you for the role.


Benjamin Uel Marsh, Ph.D.
CDL Faculty Director