Sometimes it is important to give thanks where thanks are due. Last week, Emporia and surrounding areas experienced two big snow storms. At a time when every other school in the county was closed, Emporia State sidewalks were clear and dry, we had power and heat only a few hours after a campus-wide power outage, and those of us who live on campus had meals as usual.
When most students and faculty were snuggling in warm blankets with steaming mugs of goodness, a whole host of good people were wrapping up in coats and scarves to travel the hazardous roadways so that they could serve and support us, keeping our campus running smoothly and safely.
So much of the support we students receive comes from people that we rarely thank or even take notice of. Every day, there are people around our campus doing their part to make it run efficiently and smoothly. Those people support us and never ask us to appreciate or acknowledge them. They clean up after us, keep our lights on, clear our streets, mow our lawns and trim our trees. They keep our technology running, our students healthy in mind and body and are constantly thinking ahead all for our benefit and support.
Regardless of opinions for or against being open and operational on a snowy day, it is important to thank the many people who made it possible for us to be open.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Sodexo employees who made sure that each and every resident at ESU had food to eat; the Facilities and Maintenance crews that kept our buildings warm, powered and our walkways clear and safe; Police and Safety for responding to the myriad of traffic accidents and other problems those days incurred; the staff who made sure their departments were running smoothly, and, of course, the faculty who made their way to campus so that we didn’t lose out on another day of education.
I encourage students to take a moment out of their day to tell those people, “Thank you!”