In May of this year, another group of 182 bright, talented and capable students graduated from Wesley Institute. Of the 90 students who attended their graduation ceremony, not only were they handed their well earned certifications, but they also received the wisdom and advice of Indiana Wesleyan University’s President, Dr David Wright. Using the well known Parable of the Talents, Dr Wright put forward ‘Four Wise Principles’ by which these new graduates can answer their questions on the multiplying of goodness in our world.
The parable tells of a master who gives his three servants differing amounts of the local currency (talents) and leaves them to handle the money they have been given as they see fit. The first two servants recognised the opportunity to invest and multiply the money entrusted to them and was rewarded upon the master’s return. The third servant, afraid of losing the money he had been given, hid his talents away. He kept the money safe, but he did not recognise the opportunity for multiplying his assets. In the same way, Dr Wright urged our Wesley Graduates to look to the actions of the first two servants for inspiration as they enter into a new stage of life. His four key principles are as follows:
1. Use What’s in Your Account
Dr Wright says, “The miracle of multiplied goodness does not depend on how much is in your account. It depends on how much you put to use what is in your account.”
2. Don’t Wait to Be Great
Dr Wright says, “Don’t wait to be great. Seize the moment. Live in the day at hand. Pour your goodness out into the world’s neediness even when it is risky.”
3. Don’t Give Fear the Last Word
If we nod our heads enthusiastically in agreement at the first two principles, it is most likely fear that will stop us from bringing them into reality. “The spirit of fear says, “What will happen to me if I take the risk?”… The spirit of adventure says, “What will happen to the world if I don’t take the risk?” says Dr Wright. “Don’t give fear the final word.”
4. Stay for the Party
Dr Wright encourages students to keep going, to remain faithful, and to continue investing and using our assets to their highest potential. We will finally be rewarded and invited to attend the party when the time is right.
These four principles combine to provide a foundation on which Wesley Institute graduates can base their life decisions, and multiply goodness while doing so.
We wish great success and fulfilment to our graduates, in whom we take great pride, and hope they will take these wise words with them as they multiply goodness through the world.
A full transcript of Dr Wright’s address can be found here
The recent premiere of YOLO at Newtown’s Dendy cinemas showcased the first ever short film produced by Wesley Institute’s School of Drama. YOLO (previously known as Ollie’s Last Wish) premiered on the 26th of February.
The theatre was filled with supporters and guests, industry professionals, and people who had contributed to the making of the film. Following the premiere, which was very well received, the audience was invited to ask questions of the Director and Producer. A wonderful night all round!
YOLO will enter the international film circuit beginning with St Kilda’s film festival in Melbourne.
Imagine being cast alongside Emmy and Academy Award-winners in your first role in a movie…. That’s exactly what happened for BDA candidate Anna Sims. Having just finished the two years of her BDA and the Oz to LA program, Anna decided to take a year off from study and settle in LA. Soon after, the opportunity of a lifetime knocked on her door.
Writer Tim Chey, had been looking for someone to play the lead female role in a new independent feature. Anna says “In 2011 I played a small role in Suing the Devil, and Tim remembered me from that. When he found out I was in LA he asked to see me. When he offered me the part in Carry Me Home I jumped at the chance.”
Set in the mid-1800s, the movie follows the remarkable life of reformed slave trader turned clergyman John Newton, and that of a slave “Solomon” (played by Cuba Gooding Jr).
In a strange twist of fate, Anna not only found herself at the forefront of a feature, but working with her old acting tutor. “I was excited but also nervous in the lead up to filming. I’d had lead parts before, but they were mostly in theatre. When I learnt that Robert Carne (Acting Lecturer at Wesley Institute) was also working in LA, I asked him to coach me for the role.”
Robert ended up becoming integral to the whole project, coaching several cast members and even performing in the film. Anna marvels at how valuable her contacts from Wesley Institute proved to be.
Anna and co-star Bernard (who plays John Newton) discussing a scene with acting coach, Robert Carne
“I hadn’t had a lot of exposure to film, so the set, costumes and all the technical elements could have been overwhelming. But having Rob to guide me through the process really helped. He gave me lots of amazing advice, helped me to find the character and stay relaxed in a high pressure situation.”
Working alongside Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr (Jerry Maguire, As Good As It Gets, Snow Dogs) and Emmy award winning Cinematographer Dean Cundey (Apollo 13, Jurassic Park) on a large scale production is something most young actors can only dream of. When asked about the experience Anna says “It has been a whirlwind and it’s definitely a dream come true. I’ve been thoroughly blessed to work with such a collection of experienced professionals.”