It’s week two!

Aug. 31, 2020

Dear SNC Community,

As we move into the second week of this new academic year, I just want to let you all know how proud I am of the resilience you, our students, are showing this semester. You’re navigating ways to live and work together in community through particularly challenging times. You’ve been doing a really phenomenal job with the new guidelines: wearing your masks, watching your distance, washing your hands, and holding yourselves and one another accountable for keeping us all as safe as possible. In fact, I’ve been seeing and noting, demonstrated over and over again, a sterling ability to adapt and make sacrifices in difficult times. These are the character traits that will help forge better days ahead. Great job, Green Knights!

I also want to note, too, how inspiring it was – in the aftermath of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha – to see many of you students, as well as faculty and staff, at last Monday’s prayer vigil for peace and healing held at Old St. Joe’s, as well as planning your own silent protest in the face of horrific events as we, together, actively work to become an anti-racist College. Amid the excitement of our own reconnecting on campus, and the challenges in front of us at this time, we do not shut our ears to the cry of the wider world around us. I am proud and not surprised, as a fellow Green Knight, to see our community lean into caring and holding human dignity as the centerpiece of that care.

So, week one is behind us which means instead of 94 days in front of us we have just 87 more days to go! We’re already seeing, from experiences here and elsewhere, that the protective measures we’re all working so hard to maintain do make a real difference.

I’m also happy to announce that the popular “Everyday Hero” program will begin again this week with our first SNC everyday hero of the fall to be named this Friday. For those new to our community, you can check it out and submit nominations here:

Okay, it’s officially week two. SNC, let’s do this!