Message from Dr. Belinda S. Miles: Grit and Gratitude – November 16, 2018
November 16, 2018
It’s not always easy to write the weekly message. This is especially true when the week features challenges that handily overshadow achievements. Yesterday’s “rare November snow” was one such case as it challenged safe commuting and many members of our community. Alongside obstructed roadways turned parking lots was the too frequent example of skidding vehicles struggling to maintain control. Those relying on public transportation or rides from others waited hours.
Following a night of grit, perseverance, and support from others, we welcome a new day with assurance of having overcome. With confidence, we can tackle the next challenge. Indeed, the new sunrise reminds us of our capacity to persist despite difficult times.
I am grateful to those who offered a ride, or a hand, or shared a bite to eat or their wireless service to help a student or employee during the unexpected storm. Our college values for respect and empathy, with a call to work together, were exhibited in real time. In our surrounding community, we will look for ways to better manage the thousands of individuals who exit our various facilities for improved efficiency.
Wishing you a weekend that is warm, safe, and regenerative.
Dr. Belinda S. Miles