In this issue of EARTH Connections I invite you to read about alumnus Pablo Céspedes who, during a recent staff visit to his ranch, reflected on the subtle yet profound influence EARTH has had on his life. He once believed success in agriculture was measured by profits alone. However, as an entrepreneur, he and his wife (EARTH alumna Ana Hazel Pérez) place community involvement, shared prosperity and environmental sustainability at the top of their priority list. According to Pablo, this is the mark of EARTH.
And this is what an EARTH education is all about: transforming young men and women into committed and conscientious leaders. It is about preparing professionals who will pursue the common good above personal gain. This is not to say that our graduates aren’t exceptional agriculturalists or successful entrepreneurs (they are!), but first and foremost they are ethical, community-minded leaders setting forth a path to peace, prosperity and environmental well-being.
We know that EARTH signifies a turning point in the lives of our students, as well as in the communities they affect during their lifetimes. But we also recognize that we can’t bring young people from disadvantaged communities here without you. We can’t find and retain committed, passionate faculty without you.
We can’t provide a highly personalized, experiential educational program without you. In other words, the fulfillment of our mission, the transformation of an individual, their families and their communities starts with you. In celebration of our upcoming anniversary in 2015, we are inviting all of our friends and supporters around the world to join together as catalysts for a more just and prosperous future by making a gift to EARTH through our 25th Anniversary Campaign. Our $90 million comprehensive campaign will provide the critical support needed to increase our ability to recruit deserving young men and women from more countries around the globe, to strengthen and improve our current program, and to position us for the development of graduate programs and a robust academic offering on our La Flor campus.
In short, our 25th Anniversary Campaign is the chance to be an integral part of EARTH’s future so that together we can continue to transform lives around the world. We hope you will join our campaign by making a gift to EARTH today.
EARTH University President