There are very few times in a year that all college employees gather together in one place at one time. Actually, it never happens! Tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 17, is one of those rare occasions when we invite and encourage all employees and trustees to come to the annual holiday luncheon and join in celebrating the cultural and religious traditions of this wonderful season. It is also a time to reflect upon the year gone by and to acknowledge several exemplary colleagues for their dedication to our college. Mostly, it is a fun time for everyone who attends. We laugh, share stories, talk about family and plans for the coming break from our routine. It seems that every year someone says to me “we need to get togther more often” or similar sentiments. I agree.
When you consider all of the full- and part-time employees, adjunct faculty, trustees, and volunteers, it takes more than 500 people to do the thing we call South Florida Community College. In the past year, and in the year to come, this institution will change the lives of thousands of students and others. They come to our campuses and centers and they connect through the Internet or by telephone because they understand the significance of the services we offer. And most of them truly appreciate the value we add to their lives. It should give you a good feeling. What we do is important! That is why I thank you for all you do for our college, for our students, and for our communities.
Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Best wishes for a wonderful new year!