Retired colonel to speak today on surviving changes
A distinguished alumnus of the Central Michigan University Reserve Officer Training Corps program is coming back to campus after leaving nearly 25 years ago.
Col. Scott Haraburda, a 1985 graduate, will be delivering the latest installment in the Col. Nolde Lecture Series, entitled "Success by Surviving Changes." The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be tonight at 6 p.m. in the Charles V. Park Library Auditorium.
"The essence of the lecture is that life involves changes," Haraburda said. "A lot of changes have happened since I graduated 25 years ago, some of those changes have taken place here at CMU, some in the technological field, some in world affairs."
Haraburda, who just returned from deployment in Kuwait, hopes to emphasize the importance of moving with life's changes.
Col. Haraburda went on from CMU to receive his doctorate in the field of chemical engineering from Michigan State University. He says he's excited for his long-awaited homecoming.
"It'll be interesting to see the place where my old dorm was," Haraburda laughed, speaking of Tate Hall, which was demolished in 1997.
"I took my ROTC classes in Barnard Hall, and I hear that's been demolished as well," he said.
Haraburda plans to use the changes in CMU's campus as a talking point in his lecture. Haraburda hopes attendees will take away from the lecture a better understanding of how to live with changes.
"From my perspective, the most successful people are the ones who adapt to change," he said.
The Col. Nolde lecture series aims to promote the importance of leadership, not only from a military perspective but in American society as a whole.
The series is named after William B. Nolde, a former professor of military science at CMU and the last official American combat casualty of the Vietnam War.