Dear Orange Friends:
Sometimes it takes moving away to fully appreciate what you’ve left behind. Certainly, that is true of Upstate New York and the holiday season.
I grew up just 90 miles west of here. Snow in December was as predictable as sunshine in July. I took it for granted. Like most people, I complained (but always with a dose of humor). As with so many things, it was all too easy to overlook the daily grace of the familiar.
Today, I look out my office window and see the snow that blankets the hills and trees of this beautiful campus. It is a classic holiday landscape, a gift I now appreciate daily.
I wish each of you a peaceful and joyous holiday season, and time to appreciate special places and moments with friends and family.
Thank you for what you bring to this campus. You create a gift I will carry into the New Year: I am so fortunate to be part of the diverse, talented and immensely creative community that defines and lifts the spirit we so fondly call the Orange.
Happy holidays to you and yours!