KERRVILLE, Texas - Schreiner University students recently witnessed a shining example of “Be All You Can Be.”
Endless possibilities, understanding there are over 200 jobs you can do in the U.S. Army and empowering your strengths can lead you to do and achieve excellence in a career serving the nation!
On April 13, Col. James Jones, director of the Medical Capability Development Integration Directorate, emphasized the importance of service to our great nation along with the themes of humility, compassion, and empathy during the 2023 Weir and Nell Labatt Distinguished Lecture Series at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas.
Jones highlighted the significance of striving for personal growth and development while serving one's country and drawing from his extensive experience in the Army, after raising his right hand and volunteering to join the Army thirty-three years ago.
Throughout his presentation, Jones illustrated how his personal and professional growth was shaped by his service in the Army, from his early years as a physician assistant to his time serving the White House and beyond. He credited the Army with providing him with the tools, resources, and experiences that have enabled him to excel in various roles and make a meaningful impact on the lives of those he has served.
He discussed the Army's commitment to provide opportunities for individuals to maximize their potential and contribute to the betterment of the nation. "Be All You Can Be" is more than just a slogan; it's an essential component of the Army's culture and a driving force behind its mission.
Jones urged attendees, especially the young and aspiring leaders, to consider the value of service to our great nation and the personal fulfillment that comes from dedicating oneself to a cause greater than oneself. He also emphasized the importance of embracing the principles of humility, compassion, and empathy to become the best version of oneself while serving our nation.
Students who attended the lecture provided feedback on what they took from the experience and responded positively to Jones’ message. Shannon Deville, Director of Military Programs and Veteran Resources at Schreiner University said “Col. Jones’ talk was an invaluable learning experience for the Schreiner University students, faculty, and the wider community. It left them with a renewed appreciation for the importance of service and personal development in today's world.”
The Weir and Nell Labatt Distinguished Lecture Series continues to serve as a platform for thought-provoking discussions and intellectual growth for Schreiner University and the surrounding community. This year's event featuring Jones was a testament to the university's commitment to fostering an environment of learning, service, and personal growth.