A Thanksgiving Message from the President

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

Thanksgiving week is upon us. For many of us, this time of year may mean travel to visit with family and friends, enjoying traditional holiday foods like turkey, cranberries, stuffing and mashed potatoes, reflecting on the people and things for which we are grateful, and cheering on our favorite football teams. It also means that we are moving quickly towards the final academic push – projects, papers, exams and end-of-calendar-year tasks.

During this season of gratitude, I want to encourage each of us to remember the community of Albrightians that we are. First, a special thank you to two of our hardest working teams who helped us through some challenges this semester. The thefts and robberies that occurred in October left our community feeling unease and fear. Our Public Safety team stepped up with increased patrols and shuttle services and increased collaboration and additional coverage by Reading and Muhlenberg Police Departments.  An informative town hall forum held by Public Safety in early November provided students the opportunity to ask questions. And thanks to some early winter weather, our Facilities crew has already been put to the daunting task of keeping our campus clear and safe during the recent snow and ice event. Keeping our community safe is our number one priority, so I’d to thank all members of Public Safety, Housing, and Facilities for their work this semester. I encourage each of you to express your appreciation to the hardworking members of these teams, too.

I’d also like to recognize that this time of year can be challenging for many fellow Lions. Anticipation and anxiety about completing end-of-semester tasks can cause us to become isolated, feeling that we don’t have enough time to connect to, socialize with, and support one another as we have earlier in the semester. Additionally, the holiday season itself can bring on feelings of stress, anxiety and sometimes depression tied to family, finances, and too many commitments. And yet we also know that it is in such times of stress and anxiety that we need to look to each other, and look out for one another. This is what makes our Albright community such a special place.

I encourage each of us, as we focus on the end of the semester and all of the additional responsibilities that come along with the holiday season to place a high priority on our own self-care, our friends, and our fellow Albright Lions. Take breaks, connect with friends, breathe, plan ahead, continue healthy habits, reach out to someone, share a cup of coffee or even a simple smile, and express your appreciation to those who have helped you. It’s the small things that sometimes have the greatest impact.

A happy Thanksgiving break to each of you!

Best regards,

-Jacque