Happy Holidays to All

While the end of the semester is always a stressful time for students, it’s fun to see them also becoming excited and gearing up for the holidays and a return to family and friends. The last week of the semester has been full of rewarding contact with those students, as well as with a recent Nichols grad and even some four-legged members of our community.

Irving Eggleston, who graduated last May, returned to campus to attend a basketball practice and talk with me about his experience this semester playing basketball in the U.K. while working on a master’s degree.

I commissioned senior Cristina Szepanski – a jewelry designer – to make pendants for my daughter and daughter-in-law from stones that I had collected from their favorite beaches. The pieces Christina created are gorgeous!

Last Tuesday afternoon, I stopped to pet some furry friends – dogs of staff members – who were in Fels Center for students, a kind of exam week pet therapy. I fell in love with Coach Gobiel’s French Bulldog. But then I’m partial to bulldogs, since I often babysit my son’s 90-pound English Bulldog.

I’ve been heartened this term to see student initiatives raising funds and donations, ranging from can drives for the Webster/Dudley food bank, to supplies for a local animal shelter, to funds for a memorial for K-9 dogs.

I also discovered that the players on the men’s hockey team have just 10 days off and return to campus on December 26th. Now that’s commitment.

I’m looking forward to spending time with my four grandkids and their parents over the holidays, squeezing in some date time with my husband, and heading to Florida for a few days with my 90-year-old parents.

I wish everyone a happy holiday with family and friends. Travel safe and return in January rested, relaxed, and ready to dive into the spring semester!

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