June 30, 2016
The weather was beautiful for our Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies. Students have finished finals and Regents Exams, and the building is quiet for a couple of weeks until our summer events start up. If you find yourself in the area and want to visit or take a tour, our summer office hours are 9am-2pm Monday-Friday. We do have some exciting events planned for the summer, keep reading for more details.
Featured Alum: Jarret Freeman-- ML Class of 2008
Following Martin Luther, Jarret attended The Pennsylvania State University where he was a varsity wrestler and studied architectural engineering and international relations. Jarret concluded his education at City University of New York Hunter College with a degree in International Relations and was a two-time Commissioner where he oversaw one of the largest student government budgets in the United States, which boldly sits at $1.5 million.
A self-prescribed student of the world, Jarret has traveled to nearly twenty countries and has studied in Russia and Cuba and has taught in Romania, Croatia, Russia, and Jamaica.
Jarret is currently a non-profit executive at an organization called College and Community Fellowship. This organization exists to serve women who have been formerly incarcerated and aims to provide the assistance these women need to obtain a college degree. Currently in its 15th year, CCF has helped over 300 women get college degrees ranging from an associates to a JD and PhD.
Jarret is also a United Nations Representative for Pathways to Peace, most known for their effort in helping to establish the internationally recognized International Day of Peace. As a United Nations Representative, Jarret acts as an intermediary between member states and civil society in an effort to bridge the gap between policy and engagement with an underpinning focus on peace and international security.
Jarret is also an active member of the community. He sits on the boards for the Russian American Chamber of Commerce, Iowa State University's Cyclone Wrestling Club, Camp Joharie, the International Committee for Peace and Reconciliation and is a trustee for Christ Nation Church.
In his free-time, Jarret is a tech start up executive, writes Op-Eds and fights Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
In other exciting news, Jarret just announced he is running for New York State Senate!
"I've decided to run because I am tired of the level of complacency in our district. I want to be a part of the change to help re-position our state where it needs to be. This won't be easy, this won't be comfortable all the time, but it is what we need to do so we can see progress and we can excel as a state. I have no intention on being a career politician. I want to go to Albany and get the job done for us. I enjoy what I do currently serving the community as an executive at college and community fellowship--a nonprofit aimed at helping formerly incarcerated women get college degrees and pathways to peace---a nonprofit that co-created the international day of peace.These experiences have lead me to believe that I can't sit on these feelings in my heart. I love our community, city and state too much not to take this step."
Jarret's Favorite Martin Luther Memory: "I had just finished running the mile during Mr. Johnson's PE class, freshman year, and was approached by Mr. Regan afterwards. Mr. Regan said, "You have a great work ethic, have you considered trying out for wrestling?" I said no, but agreed to come to try-outs. After the try-outs Mr. Regan asked me what I thought of wrestling; I hated it but couldn't stop coming. I was recruited to Penn State for wrestling and have applied many of the principles I've learned in wrestling to my daily life."
Jarret credits Mr. Johnson, Mr. Regan, and Martin Luther for exposing him to a sport that has had such a profound impact on his life.