As we approach the end of this fall semester and the beginning of a season of holiday and reflection, it seems an appropriate time to express my gratitude to all of you within our University of Maine at Presque Isle community.
I am grateful to our students. Your efforts and dedication inspire and challenge all of us with your desire to learn and engage and make this a better community (and world) for all of us. From your achievements in the classroom, the laboratory (or the greenhouse!) or out in the field; to your involvement in Student Government Association, our Sigma Alpha Pi National Society of Leadership and Success chapter, the Black Student Union, Native Voices, and the many other clubs and co-curricular organizations; to your success as athletes on the field and on the court– your dedication to your education, to your friends and family, to your support for each other, indeed to your desire to engage and influence our world, in ways big and small, is truly inspiring.
I am grateful to our faculty. Your dedication to our students helps make possible their success in their studies as well as their engagement as citizens of their communities, both local and global. Your remarkable professional achievements, both in terms of scholarly activities and service to your programs, are what drives our university’s burgeoning national recognition. And your efforts make possible our mission to deliver exceptional experiences for learners of all ages.
I am grateful to the academic and student support staff, to our facilities team, and to all of those who provide, directly or behind the scenes, for our students. Whether it be through advising or counseling, through tutoring or informal mentoring, through friendship or advocacy, this university depends upon you and your commitment to our vision to provide an affordable and accessible education with an innovative spirit. You truly are the “without whom” none of this would be possible.
Finally, I am grateful to the wonderful family and friends, our amazing alumni and Foundation members, and all of those who support our students and this University in so many different ways. During this holiday, there is perhaps no better visual example of this care for and dedication to our students than the photograph below of our men’s Basketball team and support crew being hosted yesterday by Coach Kane’s family for a Thanksgiving meal before traveling across the country today.
Best wishes to all,