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Superintendent/President Message

Dec. 18, 2012

Thoughts for the Season

Our nation and Southwestern College enter this holiday season with mixed emotions. While we are grateful for the abundance of good will and friendship we have built this year, we carry with us a tremendous sense of loss. We mourn for the senseless loss of life of the 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. And we are deeply saddened for the loss of our friend and colleague, Phil Lopez.

This holiday season, more than ever, reminds us that life is precious and the work we do is meaningful.

We accomplished many great things this year. We have brought back a sense of stability that has created a renewed sense of teamwork. We have engaged in open and honest conversations that are helping us move our college forward. And together, we helped spread the message about the importance of maintaining funding for higher education. As a result, all of our representative groups are working tirelessly to find solutions to our economic challenges. I am truly grateful for this commitment.

Our community has participated with us in some wonderful events this year. We brought our Foundation Gala onto campus and reminded our community of the wonderful jewel and community asset we are. We held a meaningful Veterans’ Day ceremony that honored our student veterans and all veterans, past and president. We invited business and education leaders onto our campus to have a critical conversation about workforce and economic development, and our role in helping define that for our region. We welcomed a new Governing Board member and congratulated another Governing Board member on a successful election.

I am thankful for a successful year and the contributions of two amazing colleagues—Phil Lopez and Michael Schnorr—who are no longer with us.

In this season of giving, I hope you will join me on Thursday for an Open House. We will have coffee, holiday treats and great stories to celebrate a job well done this semester.

I wish you a time of peace and love with your family and friends. And I look forward to another great semester in January.