I spent a couple of days this week on the campus of Babson College while attending an IT Security Workshop being held at the Babson Executive Education Center. I hope they don’t mind if I abbreviate the BECC because that’s a
mouthful keyboardful. If you’re thinking, “wow, Dan is so organized, he knew he was going to be at Babson and planned a Doors post around that” you – would – be – wrong. Generous, but wrong.
The truth is, Dan forgot that the pictures of the door Dan wanted to feature this week, are on his personal laptop. Dan is carrying his work laptop. Dan is confused. My editor might add: “Dan is easily confused” so I’ll put that in for her.
As I am starting this, I don’t actually have any pictures of Babson doors. I am hoping that the rain will stop by tomorrow so I can walk around campus and snag a few pictures. I hope the clouds are gone and the sun is up too.
I did get some pictures, but they aren’t what I was hoping to find. It turns out, Babson isn’t one of the 60 or so stately old campuses that form the country’s most prestigious area of higher learning. I hope that’s appropriate homage to my Boston friends. As it turns out, Babson College isn’t even 100 years old. It was founded in 1919 in the former home of Roger and Grace Babson. Academically, Babson has always been focused on Business Administration. Although I wasn’t interested in Business Administration until I went to graduate school, I do like a couple of things that I read about Roger Babson.
“Believing experience to be the best teacher, Roger Babson favored a combination of class work and actual business training.”
However, there are things that would have steered me away from this campus in its early days:
“The Institute also maintained a business environment as part of the students’ everyday life. The students, required to wear professional attire, kept regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday) and were monitored by punching in and out on a time clock.”
Of course, my grades and financial situation would have also kept me out of Babson at any point in my academic career but that’s not the story today either. The story is that I spent a day and a half talking about and listening to others talk about information security and I did learn a lot. The notion that “experience is the best teacher” is alive and well. I guess they picked a good place for this workshop.
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