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Weekly Update - December 17


From: President <President@manchester.edu>
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2020 1:56 PM
To: All Colleagues <AllColleagues@manchester.edu>
Subject: Weekly update - Dec. 17


Dear Colleagues,

As we prepare for a much-needed holiday break, I want to tell you again how grateful I am for you. Without a playbook to follow, we have navigated the COVID-19 pandemic for more than nine months. In so many ways, your work has supported our students and advanced our mission amid daunting challenges. Thank you.

It has not been a typical December at Manchester. In a normal year, there are open houses, carry-ins, gift exchanges, decorating contests, concerts and more. Holiday lights cheer us when night falls early. Colleagues gather and connect with each other.

Since we cannot make those connections in person this year, I invite you to send Gratitude eCards, if the spirit moves you. Leslie Marlatt asked during a recent Conversations with Cabinet if the link used for Thanksgiving cards could be kept open through the year. Her suggestion was met with lots of enthusiasm and we are doing just that.

With Gratitude eCards, you may write a note of gratitude to one (or more) of your colleagues, and our friends in ITS will make sure they are delivered via email. Please use this link and send as many cards as you would like. It’s been a tough year for everyone, and kind words from our friends can make our challenges easier to bear.

Many of us will observe the holidays in quieter ways than usual this year, but I hope the next two weeks are deeply restful, and restorative in both body and spirit.

The season of light reminds us that the darkness does not last. We will have access to vaccinations in the coming months, and eventually we will gather again as a community. In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy the holidays.



Dave McFadden
Manchester University