MSU President's Newspaper Column

December 26, 2020  

There is much for which to be grateful

The holiday season is a time for reflection. It is a time when we should all pause and think about what is important in our lives. The coronavirus pandemic which began in the first part of 2020 has taken center stage for the world as we have all done our best to safely make our way in uncharted territory.

Many of the things we had previously taken for granted have become more appreciated. Even getting groceries, something that used to be so simple, can now be complicated. We’ve had to learn new lessons in patience. The isolation and social distancing associated with the pandemic have made us find new value in the opportunity to spend time with our family members and friends.

Many are suffering devastating financial hardships. Others are on the front lines and seeing the effects of COVID-19 face-to-face. For some the workload has increased drastically. For others, the pace has slowed. K-12 teachers are charged with the difficult task of keeping young people learning and thriving under very difficult conditions. No matter the situation, I believe that we have a renewed sense of compassion for people and the challenges they face.

As time has gone on, we have learned more about the virus and how to help keep ourselves and our friends and neighbors safe. We’ve gradually settled into what could be considered a new normal, taking into account that our actions have the potential to impact the health and safety of others.

I am extremely proud and thankful for our Mayville State faculty, staff, and students who have worked extremely hard to make sure we could offer in-person classes and services campus-wide throughout the fall semester. It is no small accomplishment, and I am truly grateful that we have been able to provide our students with the best possible educational opportunities during these uncertain times.

The steadfast support of our community members, alumni, friends, the North Dakota University System, and the State Board of Higher Education has been fantastic. We are extremely blessed to be surrounded by people, near and far, who have the best interests of Mayville State in mind. They know the important role Mayville State University plays in making lives better and they are kind in their words and deeds, supporting the legacy of personal service.

As we turn the calendar page to 2021, we are filled with optimism for a bright future and gratitude for the many members of the Mayville State University family who help to make Mayville State the extraordinary place that it is.

Thank you, friends and neighbors, for your support. We wish you all the best in 2021. Stay safe and be well.