A member of the clergy gave Heidelberg University students words of advice Tuesday morning.
"Every day, do something that can't compute," said the Rev. Elaine McCoy, priest-in-charge at Church of the Ascension in Lakewood. "Love the Lord. Love the world. Work for nothing. Take all that you have and be poor. Love someone who doesn't deserve it."
McCoy delivered the keynote address during Heidelberg's opening convocation in Seiberling Gymnasium Tuesday morning. Classes started Monday.
McCoy, who lives in Cleveland, has been involved with senior government policy making at the cabinet level in New Zealand and Australia, according to information from Heidelberg.
New students sat up front during the event and received Heidelberg pins after the convocation.
"We hope you embrace this community as we embrace you," said David Weininger, provost and vice president for academic affairs.
McCoy said few people have the opportunity Heidelberg students have to find out, deliberately and with assistance, what it means to live a life of purpose with distinction.
"It's a wonderful thing when one sees it," she said.
McCoy said students will be faced with the choice in almost every situation in life and at the university. They will be provided with a curriculum that teaches them how to compute, and they will gain the capacity to use intelligence critically and responsibly, she said.
"You will gain discipline," she said. "Without discipline, there is no question to be asked."
President Robert Huntington welcomed freshmen, who are members of the class of 2015, and incoming transfer students.
"Your individual talents and achievements are impressive," he said.
Huntington said Heidelberg's campus is a caring place, and he loves being a members of the educational community.
"Heidelberg is all about engagement," he said.