I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for keeping us safe on the Hill this fall. Our circumstances this semester required sacrifice on everyone’s part in order to maintain a safe and healthy campus community. I am sure there were days when you were just at your wits’ end with how COVID-19 was impacting your life at McDaniel, yet you pushed through and did the right thing. I am grateful beyond words and so appreciative for all of you.
To recognize the experiences of all first-generation college students, ODEI is happy to be coordinating First-Generation Week! Check out this video, created by OCM and Alumni Engagement, for some great advice for first-gen students. Also, we’re pleased to be hosting the following events:
I just ran across this quote from the poet Seamus Heaney and appreciated it: “Hope is not optimism, which expects things to turn out well, but something rooted in the conviction that there is good worth working for.” May it be--whatever our beliefs, let us work together towards that good.
Oh My Gourd Fall Fun continues! Join OSE Friday (October 23rd), between the hours of 6-8pm, for a Halloween Celebration at the Gazebo near Hill Hall for an open mic night, DJ, Halloween treats, and costume contest -- I can’t wait to see all your awesome costumes! Costume contest winners will receive gift cards!
Session B is flying by -- and OSE is here to help you enjoy the fall weather by providing a little outdoor fun! The Office of Student Engagement is happy to present Oh-My-Gourd Fall Fun, starting this Friday, October 23rd, and running through Saturday, November 7th! Don’t miss out on these upcoming weekend events!
“Invention is the most important product of the creative brain.” — Nikola Tesla Bored? Stressed? Vacillating between all kinds of extremes? Whatever you’re feeling right now, it’s an unusual semester--and you’re not alone. At the same time, it is my sincere belief that out of times of great pressure, great innovation is born. I applaud all the creativity you’ve shown so far, and I look forward to what’s still to come.
"Advocate. Implement. Lead." The McDaniel College Student Government Association is having a special election for president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. This special election will have specific eligibility requirements and each candidate will serve for the spring semester before the next SGA election.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to check out GTP...Green Terror Programs. Their events are like this semester...different and unexpected but in a good way! It’s GTP Recruitment Week so shake things up in your schedule, take a work break and check out one of the many fun GTP events happening during the next couple of weeks. You won’t be sorry that you did.
Tuesday, September 15th through Thursday, October 15th marks the annual observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month. We invite all of you to join our faculty and staff in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with us by attending various programs sponsored by the Hispanic LatinX Alliance (HLA), the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
At some point after you have closed out the spring 2020 semester, take a few moments to consider all the obstacles you overcame this semester. I hope you feel a sense of pride in all you have accomplished no matter how great or how seemingly ordinary. And if the online portion of the semester posed some obstacles that you could not overcome, please remember that at some moment in the future you will probably be faced with a similar challenge and you will overcome it and realize that this semester’s struggles were the building blocks for your future success.
This semester you have certainly been hit with a lot and still kept moving forward. Your accomplishments may not look as you expected them to or be celebrated as you thought they would, but they are all still successes and I hope you view them in that spirit. In next week’s newsletter you will hear from many others who like me want to acknowledge and congratulate you for all the ways you succeeded this semester!
While it may not feel like it for some, we ARE in the home stretch of the semester. The information in this week’s newsletter is meant to help you wrap up what has been a one-of-a-kind semester. I highly recommend viewing Gerard Grigsby’s self-care video – every time I watch it I laugh a little harder (oops, too close). For those of you who don’t know Gerard – he is one of McDaniel’s counselors in the Wellness Center. Stay tuned for the unveiling of my amazingly awesome face mask next week … you’re going to be jealous!
For this week's newsletter, I welcome José Luis Moreno, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, to share some thoughts about how it is more important than ever in our current “storm” to take deeper roots in the values that ground us as a McDaniel Community.
As you move into the closing weeks of the semester, consider if it would be helpful to break your class assignments up into smaller post it note-size tasks. Remind yourself that each day is an opportunity to get through a few more! Read on for important updates on the room selection process for next year, other office highlights, and a special check-in for seniors from Dean Breslin!
I don’t want to sound too corny but I miss seeing you throughout the day as I am accustomed to doing. This week I ask everyone to participate in at least one virtual event, panel, or activity that is being offered and make sure you see some friends and acquaintances that you have not seen in a couple of weeks. I’m not the only one who misses seeing you … lots of us do. So don’t be surprised if you get a phone call this week from a member of the Academic and Campus Life staff checking in with you to see how you are doing and hear a little about what is working well for you.
Greetings, everyone, as we head into week two of remote work! We’re excited to announce the launch of the new student resources website, where these newsletters and helpful/entertaining links will be housed. Also, join me for Kahoot single player trivia this Saturday night at 8 PM! Each round winner will receive a gift basket delivered to their door. More information will be posted on OSE's social media throughout the week, so make sure you’re following them (Instagram: @mcdaniel_ose, etc).
The past few weeks have been wild and unpredictable and yet affirming all at the same time This COVID-19 experience is exactly what your McDaniel education is preparing you for...an ever changing world! This weekly newsletter is one of the ways for us to stay connected. After today, you can expect to receive it every Tuesday and it will include campus updates, academic resources, fun virtual student events, contests and of course…PRIZES. It is important--don’t delete it, read it! Getting us started is a beginning conversation from some of our wonderful student support offices on campus.