Monday, December 12, 2011

Holiday Greetings from Dr. Jennifer L. Braaten

Dear Faculty, Staff & Students,

As the semester winds down, I want to thank all of you for being such good citizens of Ferrum College and for helping to create an environment in which we can teach, learn, study and enjoy extra-curricular activities in an atmosphere of civility and respect. As we celebrate the joys of this precious holiday, some of us may also burden ourselves with trying to choose the perfect gifts or bake the most delicious cookies. Because we don’t want to lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas with unrealistic expectations, it becomes even more important for all of us to remember the simple message at the heart of the season: 

“Peace on earth and joy to all.”

We can make that message resonate throughout the campus and beyond through our kindness and consideration for one another and in so doing personify our enduring motto “Not Self, But Others.” And remember, it truly is the thought, not the actual gift that counts - even a lumpy gingerbread man tastes as delicious as a perfect one! Enjoy this time and have a blessed and holy Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Sincerely yours,

Jennifer L. Braaten