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  1. Reflect at Babson

    Take this tour of contemplative places throughout campus.

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    1. Glavin Family Chapel

      The intent of this tour is to offer a different view of our campus and to help the community find contemplative spaces throughout the campus. At each location, you'll find a description of the space, as well as something upon which we invite you to reflect. Please use this as a reference if needed, and feel free to contemplate whatever moves you. The contemplative spaces take you throughout campus, and provide a lens to see the campus with fresh eyes. When you have found yourself settled in the location, we invite you to take a few deep breaths and notice the spot you are at and take in the environment around you. After a few deep breaths, feel free to read the opening and the following quote from Roger Babson.

    2. Forest Path

      There are many paths that we walk in a day. When was the last time you looked up and noticed how the trees extend to the sky, or noticed how quiet it is walking through this path? We invite you to take a few deep breaths and notice the feeling of solitude and peace.

       

      “When we are flat on our backs there is no way to look but up.” – Roger Babson

    3. Lawn between Public Safety and Trim Dining Hall

      The lawn outside of Trim Dining Hall is such a beautiful spot to sit in the grass and watch the world go by. This area can get overlooked since most of the time we are focused on getting from the lower part of campus and potentially headed to class, Trim Dining Hall, to work, a meeting, etc. When was the last time you walked barefoot on the grass and stopped for a moment, less focused on where you needed to be next? We invite you to take the next few moments with a few deep breaths to enjoy the moment instead of the destination.

       

      “Experience has taught me that there is one chief reason why some people succeed and others fail. The difference is not one of knowing, but of doing. The successful man is not so superior in ability as in action. So far as success can be reduced to a formula, it consists of this: doing what you know you should do.” – Roger Babson

    4. Two Paths

      These two paths come together into one. Oftentimes, we get caught up walking with our head down, perhaps engaged in a cell phone, that we do not even notice that we have directly walked into someone else as the path joins with another path and we are met with a spontaneous run-in. Sometimes, we find that we are on the path by ourselves but are met with an important companion who walks with us along the journey. Who has been with you on your journey? In what ways are you being intentional while on this journey?

       

      “If things are not going well with you, begin your effort at correcting the situation by carefully examining the service you are rendering, and especially the spirit in which you are rendering it.” – Roger Babson

    5. Sitting Area by Park Manor Central

      This area on the side of Park Manor Central is a beautiful spot to sit and be by yourself or with another. There are many beautiful benches around campus and this is just one of them. How often do we get discouraged when we find a bench and then someone sits right next to you? What if that person was the key to opening up something deep and beautiful in your life? How can we share space with others?

       

      “The good that is in you is the good that you do for others.” – Roger Babson

    6. Green Pasture by Nichols across from Park Manor Central

      This is another spot that gets passed by many times throughout the day. Isn’t it amazing when we stop and look around at the beauty that is at our fingertips. This little spot is the perfect place to lie down in the grass and enjoy.

       

      “It takes a person who is wide awake to make his dream come true.” – Roger Babson

    7. Sitting Area by Cruickshank Alumni Hall

      This bench is surrounded by the most beautiful flora. In the spring, when the massive hydrangea bushes begin to awaken to the warm sun, there is an amount of gratitude that we have to celebrate a winter that has come and gone. What a wonderful spot to sit and reflect on the gifts that nature bestows.

       

      “The finest command of language is often shown by saying nothing.” – Roger Babson

    8. Marshland by Mattos

      Sometimes, the most beautiful spaces are the ones that were created spontaneously. This spot on campus gets flooded due to heavy rain. This can be looked upon as being a nuisance, or, by shifting our perspective, we can see the beauty of the reflection in the water and just beyond in the distance stands Mattos Hall. Is this the English countryside or the beautiful Babson campus?

       

      “If things are not going well with you, begin your effort at correcting the situation by carefully examining the service you are rendering, and especially the spirit in which you are rendering it.” – Roger Babson

    9. Climbing Ivy and Steps to Tomasso Hall

      The steps leading up to Tomasso are always so impressive. This beautiful building with its grand bell tower is so regal and commands authority. This iconic building on campus hosts academic excellence! What an amazing opportunity we have to learn and gain wisdom. 

       

      “A character standard is far more important than even a gold standard. The success of all economic systems is still dependent upon both righteous leaders and righteous people. In the last analysis, our national future depends upon our national character that is, whether it is spiritually or materially minded.” – Roger Babson

    10. Sitting Area by Mustard Hall

      When was the last time you made your way to the Admission Center to enjoy the beautiful circular of benches? Perhaps, the last time was when you were a prospective student, or perhaps you work as a tour guide and are in Lunder Hall meeting future Beavers, but have you sat down in this beautiful space and contemplated your time at Babson thus far? Or, have you contemplated how you have arrived at this institution and why you decided to come here? This set of benches offered a warm welcoming embrace when you first entered Babson and now still as you begin to contemplate your Babson journey.

       

      “Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.” – Roger Babson

    11. Knight Auditorium Lawn

      Babson’s campus is full of beautiful landscapes throughout. This lawn sits between Knight Auditorium and the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. There are a few boulders situated throughout this area. Sometimes, we get caught up in all of our responsibilities and our “to do” list. We can lose our creative and innovative energy because we are saturated. Perhaps, this might be the perfect opportunity to stop at a boulder and sit for a moment and regain the creative energy you need. Even our cell phones need to be recharged! We invite you to take a few moments to center your mind and body with a few deep breaths.

       

      “There isn’t a plant or a business on earth that couldn’t stand a few improvements—and be better for them. Someone is going to think of them. Why not beat the other fellow to it?” – Roger Babson

    12. Diversity Statue by Webster Athletic Center

      Near the Webster Center entrance stands a celebration of life. Colorful, uplifting, and surreal, the Babson Totem is dedicated to John Bassett ’87, who lived with a life-threatening heart ailment and died of cancer in 1988. Shane Kennedy ’76, an All-America goalie at Babson, made the totem pole. We have one chance at this gift called life, how will you live your life and celebrate this gift?

       

      “The successful man is the one who had the chance and took it.” ~Roger Babson

    13. Burial Site of Roger Babson

      Roger Babson along with his first and second wives have their final resting spot on campus. Roger Babson is not only the founding father of our institution, but also remained an involved figure for the institution throughout his life. He put his time, money, passion, and love into developing and establishing Babson College. He was extremely involved in the institution and wanted to remain connected to the community even after his death.

       

      “The surest way to live forever is through the giving of love, time and money. To live today we must earn and save; but to live forever we must serve and give.” – Roger Babson

    14. Sitting Area on the Upper Athletic Fields

      Our athletics are to be revered and celebrated! The students who at Babson excel academically and athletically bring a tremendous amount of spirit to our community. Sitting up at the upper fields is not only beautiful and serene but there also is an amount of energy that exists. It can be exhilarating! When was the last time you went to go cheer on your home team, got involved in a bit of cardiovascular activity, or had a bit of friendly competition?

       

      “Experiment is folly when experience shows the way.” – Roger Babson

    15. Babson Globe Behind Coleman Hall

      Not only is the Babson Globe an iconic symbol of the College’s dedication to instilling a global perspective, but it also marks the spot for the College’s first original chapel. The globe was originally built with a quote posted beside it from the Gospel according to Mark: “For what should a man profit if he should gain the whole world but lose his own soul.” Roger Babson was a religious man and felt wholeheartedly that it was our duty as humans on earth to take care of one another. He intentionally had this piece of scripture installed by the globe to encourage students and the community at large to reflect and remember the importance of serving the community and each other with integrity and intentionality. The scripture has since disintegrated and removed from its original spot, but the globe still stands and invites us to think about who we are and how will we serve the world and the community at large with integrity.

       

      “There is a world of practical religion in simply being considerate of others.” – Roger Babson

    16. Path Leading to Barefoot Park

      One of the most coveted and beautiful spots on campus to sit with friends and enjoy a beautiful fall day, this beautiful park sits right outside of some of the institution’s living and learning communities. Community is an essential part of our health and wellness. Being a part of a community allows us to thrive. We must make sure that when becoming a part of a community that we select this community with intention and integrity.

       

      “If things go wrong, don’t go with them.” – Roger Babson

    17. Fountain of Flags

      How big the world is and how fortunate the Babson community is for being able to host students from all around the world. The fountain of flags represents a student from each of those countries. How many of the flags can you identify? Have you had the chance to visit these places or have made acquaintance with the person represented by this flag? The world is a wonderful place, perhaps it is time to experience it!

       

      “Property may be destroyed and money may lose its purchasing power; but, character, health, knowledge and good judgment will always be in demand under all conditions.” – Roger Babson