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.