MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN OF ESPERANZA COLLEGE
Dr. David Hurtado
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.
-Paul the Apostle
Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.
Welcome to Esperanza College! I am so excited to know that you are considering Esperanza College of Eastern University as the place to prepare to accomplish the dreams God has given you. We are committed to providing you with the opportunity of an education in a variety of strategic areas of study. This education is grounded on a foundation of faith in God. We build upon the faith foundation through the use of reason. You can then use the knowledge and skills you have acquired to help bring hope and transformation to our communities through the love of God.
We are committed to your success as a student and to your becoming a professional. We commit to providing for you the support you need to help you succeed in your educational journey. We need you to commit to your own success. This will mean regular attendance, consistency in your study habits, and the motivation to do your best.
Be sure to have goals and expectations of yourself that will help you discover who you can truly become. Confront your fears with your best efforts, and you will find a whole new you inside who is seeking to grow and express itself in the world in ways that will make a positive difference.
Achieving the dreams God has given you takes hard work and preparation. An entrepreneurial heart and a willingness to help others is also very important. We are here to come alongside of you, help prepare you, and provide you with opportunities to get you started on the path to accomplish your calling. Remember, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
As you embark on this journey, you may encounter life difficulties that strain your ability to continue. There are at least three things you can do to help you succeed. First, find two people who will commit to supporting you as you begin this journey so that when tough moments occur you can count on their encouragement. Second, communicate in timely and appropriate ways with your professors to enable them to support and accomodate when you encounter ligitimate special circumstances. Finally, seek to strengthen your faith as a source for your grounding. Do not seek to quit as a first alternative, but find every way possible to make it to the finish line.
Remember, the Lord is the stronghold of your life, your rock and your fortress. Do not fear. Only be of good courage and go forth toward your goals until you have acccomplished them, and then we will all celebrate with you at your graduation. I can't wait to shee how God uses you for His glory in your community and wherever He sends you.
Abundant blessings to you,
David Hurtado, MBA, PhD
Interim Executive Dean