Is it ho ho ho or bah humbug....? It depends on how you look at it. This holiday season follows a year where there was continued economic doldrums, political change and a general level of uncertainty in our nation. Everywhere we looked we were reminded that these were difficult times. However, during times of challenge the best often comes out in people. If we look around us, we will see many people who have done all that they can to make it better for the next person. Friends are helping friends, families are helping family members, and colleagues are helping one another. I am surrounded by good people who make it better each and every day for all those that they come in contact with, by listening and helping others to realize their dreams and their goals. We know that if we look at what can be accomplished, even against all odds, we will help others find their path to a better tomorrow.
As the Dean of the School of Continuing Education, I am surrounded by professionals who embrace the spirit of giving. Giving doesn't necessarily mean money. What we receive in the end is far greater than anything we give. So for us in the School of Continuing Education we know that we are positively changing the lives of all the students we touch, each and every day. Giving is not just for today, it is for all year round.
The best of holiday seasons to you and yours and a happy and healthy New Year. We hope to see you at Eastern in 2011. And if you are already part of the Eastern family, we know that you understand what we mean when we say that the "spirit of giving is alive and well."
--Dean Rochelle Gimenez