Goodbye and good luck

The semester is drawing to a close, and with it, another school year. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it?
Papers are due, projects must be completed and last papers drafted. Finals are just around the corner. Are you ready?
It is a bittersweet time of year for all of us. The blood, sweat and tears of the semester will fade, bringing relief.
About 1000 of us are about to make up Vol State’s 40th graduating class. Although it is the end of our time at Vol State, commencement means beginning. We begin the next steps of our lives as we step down the aisle to “Pomp and Circumstance.”
Many more students will transfer to other schools or will enter the job market. Both inside the classroom and out, Vol State has given us the tools to succeed.
This success will not be measured by the money we make or the accolades we receive, but rather by the way in which we give back to our community. Consider joining Vol State’s alumni association to continue your relationship with the school. With Facebook, it’s easy to stay up on what is happening on campus, too.
This year, we will say farewell to Dr. Bob Ruff as well. One of the longest-tenured instructors in Vol State history, Dr. Ruff represents the best of what the school has to offer.
He may have a reputation as a difficult instructor, but those who braved his classes found that he could teach more about history in one day than many could pack into a whole semester.
To survive the History/Literature combo course or World Civilization’s Meeting of the Minds became a badge of honor. Veterans dub themselves “Ruffians” and greet one another almost as family.
No one on campus comes close to his style, with dapper suits and such a gentlemanly air. No one ever will.
Who in the blue blazes could ever fill his shoes?
We tip our hats to you, Dr. Ruff.
It has been an honor to serve as the staff for The Settler this year. Thank you for reading.
And to all students, faculty and staff, we leave you with the words of Dr. Seuss, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
Goodbye and good luck.


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