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Brett Pulley Tells Students to Embrace Their Inner Genius

Brett Pulley Instagrams the audience at HU Opening Convocation.

Brett Pulley Instagrams the audience at HU Opening Convocation.

Dr. William R. Harvey and Brett Pulley lead the processional to the HU Opening Convocation in Ogden Hall.

Dr. William R. Harvey and Brett Pulley lead the processional to the HU Opening Convocation in Ogden Hall.

Students and faculty packed Ogden Hall for the HU Opening Convocation.

Students and faculty packed Ogden Hall for the HU Opening Convocation.

Brett Pulley delivers the address at the HU Opening Convocation.

Brett Pulley delivers the address at the HU Opening Convocation.

Brett Pulley told students at the 70th Annual Hampton University Opening Convocation, “there is indeed a genius in all of us.” Pulley, dean of Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at HU, was the keynote speaker at the Sept. 30 event, which serves as encouragement for both freshman and robed graduating seniors as they begin the school year.

Using the creators of Starbucks and Instagram as examples of the great opportunities that presently exist, Pulley said we are living in a time of great innovation and opportunity.

“Don’t be satisfied with things because they work or seem OK.  Strive to do something more.  Dare to be great.  Dare to be a genius,” he said.

Pulley ended by asking students to, “look to your right and left and behold the next Hampton University genius.”

Senior Class President Jasmin Morris also addressed her fellow students, and encouraged her classmates to finish the year with confidence.

“I am proud to say we haven’t quit and we made it to our senior year,” Morris said.

As is customary during the ceremony, HU President Dr. William R. Harvey recognized the recipients of the Hampton University Edward L. Hamm, Sr. teaching award. This year’s recipients were Dr. Halima Ali, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Dr. Ziette Hayes, professor in the School of Business.

Ali began her career at HU in 1993 and has received praise from former and current students as well as her peers.  She has authored numerous publications and led or participated in over 15 funded projects.

Hayes started teaching at HU in 2002. She also received the 2011 Provost Innovative Teaching Award and has published articles on student motivation and performance.  Hayes serves as the president of Sigma Beta Delta Honors Society and the Society for the Advancement of Management.

-Yuri Milligan