Dr. Farvardin Speaks to Freshman Parents
Parents and students of the Class of 2015 gathered during Inauguration weekend to participate in a special address as the new president, Dr. Nariman Farvardin, welcomed the newest members of the community.
Walking out to a welcoming applause, Dr. Farvadin took the stage giving a brief background of his experiences thus far followed by an open forum to answer any questions of the audience members.
Dr. Farvardin talked about the time he started teaching - when he was nine years old. His teacher at the time picked up on the fact that he was very good with numbers and asked if he would come to school earlier in the morning to tutor a girl who desperately needed help learning the subject.
He eagerly accepted, and from that moment on, Dr. Farvardin has been involved with teaching, eventually bringing him to Stevens today assuming the role as our new president.
Dr. Farvardin answered parents’ questions with sincerity. When asked about his hope for the freshman class, he replied, “Roses become most beautiful when they open up and bloom. I consider our students our roses. I promise to make a nurturing environment for them.”
He spoke of how important the safety and security of the students both physically and emotionally is and how this is one of his goals that he cares very much about. He also shared how he is determined to focus on the technical and educational development of their well being during their years at Stevens.
Dr. Farvardin undoubtedly believes in the rigorous education at Stevens and is determined to prepare students for success. He is delighted that the relationship between the class of 2015 has already started.
“The success of the alumni and students are joined at the hip,” Farvardin said, pointing out the importance of the alumni who stay connected with their alma mater.
Dr. Farvardin only hopes to make the Stevens family more cohesive during his presidency. He acknowledged the faculty as the core of the university and the staff who hold such remarkable events on and off campus as great facets of Stevens.
When asked about his vision to engage students in entrepreneurship, Farvardin stated that is “an excellent question.” He recalls the very foundation that Stevens was founded on in 1870 – as a leading university establishing a legacy of entrepreneurship.
“It is in the DNA of the university with its host of programs to instill entrepreneurship.”
He continued,“I am determined to create more programs for students upon their arrival on campus where they can learn the skills in their own discipline and at the same time have opportunities to learn what it takes to wrap a commercial entity around their innovative ideas.”
Stevens has the reputation of having a good balance between recreation sports and academia. Farvardin said that he is not in the business of teaching students skills, but to teach the fundamentals and values and what it means to be a well-balanced human being.
“With open arms, I invite you to join the Stevens family. I offer to make your journey as enjoyably and educationally positive as possible.”