Can Trinity Make Our Son a Leader?

Trinity University Student Service Project

by Richard and Terri Reusch

An old saying goes, “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” Knowing why should be based on a relationship with the environment and its inhabitants. Finding meaning in life is quite simple when a strong relationship awareness is established. Motivation to improve our world is strong when we connect to people and places other than our own.

From a sense of concern grows empathy, compassion, and altruism. Only when we truly appreciate our world and its life can we apply our energies and resources to improving life’s experience. A sense of gratitude for not only the gift of life as an individual, but also for the good fortune through time, should be enough to spur one to “giving back” so that others find a higher meaning and purpose to account.

Our son Ryan grew up as what is affectionately known as a “military brat” since both of us had combined military careers of more than 40 years. Military families understand service to others. They give generously of their time daily. Commitment, sacrifice, and a sense of duty are an important part of their lives in their communities and any part of the world they serve. Providing positive support and making connections can help strengthen your relationship with your family as well as bolster your own self-worth.

Reusch family at Trinity University
Rick, Ryan, and Terri Reusch.

As a parent, developing a child’s character in three essential realms is key. The first realm is self. Praise and reward for positive virtues lays the foundation for confidence; confidence leads to effort; effort moves toward accomplishments; accomplishments produce success; and sustained success brings a level of excellence. This path should not be tied to ego or self-promotion, but to purpose. The second realm is the environment. Awareness of the micro and macro surroundings are gained through experimentation, formal, and informal education. Experience and research builds the required knowledge for responsible actions and decisions. The final realm is found in the value of networking and connecting with others to accomplish significance. The legacy of an individual is often in the hearts and minds of others as well as the deeds.

We are extremely pleased to hear that Ryan is investing his time and energy as a member of the Trinity University Volunteer Action Community (TUVAC). His active participation in a program such as TUVAC demonstrates his character. I look forward to the impact that his service has on his peers, his campus, and how his work with TUVAC changes him. I know he is grateful for the opportunity to serve as the executive coordinator.

About Richard and Terri

Richard “Rick” Reusch is a retired registered nurse from the U.S. Air Force, having served 23 years. He holds an MBA and is employed as a nurse administrator with the Veterans Administration overseeing poly-trauma and spinal cord rehabilitation. He enjoys bike riding and reading. Terri Reusch retired after serving 25 years as a Air Force registered nurse with a master’s degree. She is currently back in school earning an associate degree in culinary arts. She is active in her church and as school board president at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran School. She enjoys gardening and traveling.


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