A few years ago, my oldest son became a student at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. As he was preparing to head out for his freshman year, I ran across a Houston Chronicle article about one his new classmates, a student named Starjjil “Star” Shelvin, from Katy, Texas. The article told the story of how Star was able to overcome a lot of adversity including the death of a parent and significant financial struggles that resulted in him having to work several concurrent jobs in order to help pay the bills. Despite all of this, Star maintained a 4.0 grade point average, lettered in football and wrestling, and was recruited to play football at Trinity University. As I read the story, I was amazed by the perseverance and grit that this young man displayed at such a young age.Fast forward 3 years and I had the opportunity to meet Star at the Trinity Career fair this past February. He came by and introduced himself to me and another Dell executive. Both of us were blown away by the maturity, character, and drive that Star demonstrated. The only thing was, he didn’t fit the mold of who we normally would hire into the roles we were recruiting for in our Supply Chain organization. He wasn’t majoring in Business, Supply Chain, Analytics, or other related fields – instead, he was an Engineering Science Major. He also didn’t have any relevant work experience – instead, he had been working several concurrent jobs in retail and around campus to help pay for school.At the end of the day, however, these things really didn’t matter when it came to extending Star an offer to join us as an intern, because he possessed an incomparable work ethic and he demonstrated many of the attributes that comprises Dell’s Culture Code and Leadership Principles including integrity, drive, and results. Our approach in this decision was rooted in a quote that I had once heard from the legendary UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden, “Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”Star joined Dell as an intern this past May and he had a steep learning curve ahead of him. The corporate environment was new to him and so was every task that he was asked to do. But Star has been overcoming the odds his entire life, and it didn’t stop here. The summer went by in a flash and Star continued to shine as he learned the skills needed to be successful and impressed everyone he interacted with. As his internship wrapped up, we knew that we wanted to extend him a full time offer to join the Dell team after graduation. But since, he had to head back to school early for his pre-season football workouts, we weren’t able to confirm his offer before his last day. So, I called his football coach and asked him if I could visit one of the team’s pre-season practices to extend an offer to Star. The surprise job offer was emotional for both of us as Star has become an inspiration to me and I learned a lot from him this summer as well. His coaches caught the special moment on camera and posted the moment on the Trinity Athletics social media feed.We are looking forward to welcoming Star back to Dell next summer as an example of the character that we value in our team members.
TEL AVIV (AP) — Israel’s military chief is warning the U.S. against rejoining the Iran nuclear deal even if the Biden administration succeeds in toughening it. Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi also told a think tank in Tel Aviv on Tuesday he’s ordered his forces to step up preparations for possible offensive action against Iran during the coming year. Kohavi says rejoining the deal would be a “bad mistake” strategically and operationally because the deal would again allow Iran to enrich uranium and spark nuclear proliferation across the Middle East. Under President Trump, the U.S. withdrew from the 2015 nuclear accord, a move supported by Israel’s leaders.
HONG KONG (AP) — A 72-year-old bottle of Glen Grant single malt whisky from Scotland is expected to fetch more than $38,000 in an auction in Hong Kong on Friday. It is the first time that the 1948 Glen Grant whisky, by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail, is being offered in an auction. Despite economic uncertainty brought by the pandemic, interest in rare whiskies remains high. Auctioneer Bonhams says collectable whisky has done well in the past 10 years with a four-fold increase in prices. Bonhams expects to fetch a total of about $1.3 million) from Friday’s auction.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia university president apologized Tuesday for hosting a campus snowball fight where attendees were seen not following coronavirus protocols. Liberty University Acting President Jerry Prevo says the school made “a mistake” by not enforcing coronavirus guidelines, which includes wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. Prevo organized the snowball scuffle, encouraging students to join him Sunday afternoon. The event snowballed into community fury as since-deleted photos show some students clustered together and maskless. The News & Advance reports the Central Virginia Health District received at least 118 formal complaints about Liberty. A health district spokesperson says it’s unclear whether actions would be taken against Liberty for the alleged violations.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office has issued revised guidelines for indoor church services after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the state’s ban on indoor worship during the coronavirus pandemic. The new guidelines limit attendance at indoor services in areas with widespread or substantial virus spread to 25% of a building’s capacity. Indoor services in areas with moderate to minimum spread are limited to 50% capacity. In the most significant legal victory against California’s COVID-19 health orders, the high court told California it can’t continue with a ban on indoor services during the coronavirus pandemic, but it can limit attendance to 25% of a building’s capacity and restrict singing and chanting inside.