I have been thinking about writing this for some time now, and figured this would be as good a time as any, and maybe because of what we are going through now as a college, the best time. We are going to lose some members of our community soon due to some lean economic times. Having people very close to me in the past lose their jobs, I can honestly say it can be one of the most traumatic events an adult can experience. I want to take this time and wish them nothing but success and hope they will find a job they love with an organization that loves them back.
The other night I was approached by a former student thanking me for our class and expressing appreciation for the experience. This does happen to me from time to time and it always makes me feel good. But it got me thinking, I get to hear those nice comments, but many of you don’t, and whether you know it or not, you were also responsible for that students’ positive experience, so let me pass on the thank you. Whether you are Mike in the copy center, Bobby in facilities, Pat in admissions, Tom in IT (get well my friend), Kat in the bookstore, Margie working on transfer agreements, Jeremy and Carrie doing everything and anything, Matt in Athletics, my Business Department colleagues, all the faculty and staff (full and part-time), you all make a difference.
Thank you for helping me do my job. Thank you for letting me look forward to coming to work every day. I realize how fortunate I am to be able to have a career that I love, in a place that I admire, but it would not be possible without you, all of you. I am not the most senior faculty member or certainly the smartest, but during these stressful times I guess I just wanted to say that we should not lose sight of the fact that we need each other, and that together we can and do make a difference. So let me pass this on … thank you.
Business Department Chair