'I Didn't Really Say Everything I Said': Yogi Berra to Share Words of Wisdom with Saint Louis University Graduates
SLU's 2007 commencement will be held Saturday, May 19, at Scottrade CenterEvent Details: 10:00 a.m., May 19, Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Ave., St. Louis
ST. LOUIS -- Yogi Berra, one of the most recognizable figures in Major League Baseball history and an American cultural icon, will serve as Saint Louis University's commencement speaker Saturday, May 19, at Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue. Approximately 1,900 students are graduating from SLU this year.
"Yogi Berra is baseball's unofficial ambassador and one of the game's most respected statesmen," said Saint Louis University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J. "I cannot wait for this modern-day philosopher to share his wit and wisdom with our graduates."
Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra was raised in the St. Louis neighborhood called "The Hill," where he grew up with neighbor and boyhood pal Joe Garagiola, the baseball player and broadcaster whom SLU recognized with an honorary degree in 1992. Berra got his nickname from a childhood friend who said he resembled a yogi in a Hindu-themed movie.
From the sandlots of The Hill neighborhood, Berra went on to become one of the greatest catchers and clutch hitters in the history of professional baseball. A 15-time All-Star catcher for the New York Yankees, Berra won the American League MVP three times. He played in 14 World Series and holds numerous World Series records.
|Yogi Berra is considered one of the greatest catchers and clutch hitters of all time.|
After leaving the game as a player, Berra had a successful career as a manager with both the New York Yankees and Mets. He is one of only a few managers to have won pennants in both the American and National Leagues. Berra was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. He also is a member of Major League Baseball's All-Century Team.
Berra may be best known for his "Yogi-isms." His quotes and quips ("It ain't over 'til it's over," and "When you come to a fork in the road, take it.") are the stuff of legend. No other sports figure has more entries in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. Berra has collaborated on several books - including the 1998 national bestseller The Yogi Book: I Really Didn't Say Everything I Said - and has been a spokesman for numerous products.
Along with his baseball prowess and widespread fame, Berra also is renowned for his generosity and charity. He's been a champion of many youth organizations and has raised more than $1 million through an annual golf tournament in Montclair, N.J., which collects funds for scholarships, educational programming and special-needs scouts.
Berra has been married for more than 50 years to Carmen and has three sons - Larry, a former minor-league catcher; Tim, a former NFL receiver; and Dale, a former major-league infielder - and 10 grandchildren.
During the commencement ceremony, Father Biondi will confer honorary degrees upon Berra, Joseph and Rosemary Shaughnessy, Chang-Soo Huh and Dr. Benjamin Carson.
|Joseph and Rosemary Shaughnessy|
Joseph and Rosemary Shaughnessy: Married for 50 years, Saint Louis University alumni Joseph and Rosemary Shaughnessy met while they were in school at SLU. After graduation, the Shaughnessys used their education and strong family values to create one of the city's top companies and a family that continues to give back to the community.
Joseph Shaughnessy co-founded BSI Constructors in 1972 with a fellow SLU alum. Today St. Louis-based BSI Constructors employs 95 people and is the one of the largest privately held companies in the city. Through BSI, the Shaughnessys have helped shape the SLU campus and the surrounding Midtown area. BSI Constructors built the Simon Recreation Center and the School of Law building. They also renovated St. Francis Xavier College Church. In nearby Grand Center, the company built the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, renovated the Coronado Hotel and renovated and converted the Moolah Temple into apartments, a movie theater and bowling alley.
Blessed with professional success, the Shaughnessys give back to the community and have served the St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri Historical Society, the Missouri Botanical Garden and other organizations. Guided by a strong Catholic faith, the Shaughnessys are devoted to a number of Catholic organizations and have helped the world's poor and sick as members of the Papal Foundation.
Chang-Soo Huh: Chang-Soo Huh is chairman and chief executive officer of GS Holdings Group, the seventh largest corporation in Korea. Huh earned his MBA, with a concentration in international business, from Saint Louis University in 1977. He is the president of the SLU Alumni Association in Korea.
Huh started his career as a manger with LG Group's strategic planning office in 1977 and rose through the company's ranks to hold numerous leadership positions. In 2004, GS Holdings Group spun off from LG Group, and Huh was elected the firm's chairman and remains in that position. GS Holdings is a conglomerate company in Korea, consisting of 59 affiliate companies. Under Huh's leadership, GS Group has expanded its business at home and abroad.
In addition to his exemplary work in business, Huh has been conscientious about the social responsibilities of corporations and has established a non-profit organization named J.K. Huh Foundation, in memory of his late father. Huh serves as the foundation's chairman and has contributed more than $20 million in support of social works in health care and education.
|Dr. Benjamin S. Carson|
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson: Ben Carson, M.D., director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, is one of the most noted doctors in his field. He became the youngest physician ever at Johns Hopkins to head a major division. He also has been named one of the nation's top 20 physicians and scientists by CNN and TIME magazine.
In 1987, Carson stepped into national prominence as the first person to successfully separate Siamese twins born joined at the back of the head. Leading a 70-person surgical team, Carson performed the 22-hour surgery that succeeded in allowing the twins to live independently. Since then, Carson has pioneered several other surgical innovations, which has led him to become one of the most sought-after minds in neurosurgery.
Dedicated to sharing the joy of reading with economically disadvantaged children, Carson worked with the SLU School of Medicine's Multicultural Initiative For New Doctors (MIND) program to open eight Ben Carson Reading Rooms in local public schools. In addition to his medical successes, Carson is a best-selling author, penning an autobiography Gifted Hands as well as two inspirational guides based on his personal philosophies, The Big Picture and Think Big.
Saint Louis University is a Jesuit, Catholic university ranked among the top research institutions in the nation. The University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 12,000 students on campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Founded in 1818, it is the oldest university west of the Mississippi and the second oldest Jesuit university in the United States. Through teaching, research, health care and community service, Saint Louis University is the place where knowledge touches lives. Learn more about SLU at www.slu.edu.
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