Staying relevant, with a little help from my friends


Amazing. That we can be nearing the semester’s end seems outrageous.

Last night we had the fun of serving “Late Night Breakfast” to Coker’s students. It’s the faculty and staff’s way of wishing students well as they prepare for Finals Week (which begins tomorrow). Winter Commencement is next Saturday.

So here we are, again, at my favorite time of the year: shopping and baking like mad for the holidays, while my calendar fills to the brim with the blessings of living in a community of doers.

Consider just a few of the coming options:

On days like this, when my list is as long as my arm and my calendar seems to have absolutely no whitespace, it’s a HUGE help when I get a request like I got from a student who’ll be graduating next week.

“What’ll it take to get snickerdoodles this week?”

Ambrosia’s question was music to my ears. As most know, I try to make sure each Friday’s cookies are relevant to the the day, by which I mean that there’s a good reason for the particular type of cookie to be baked on that particular Friday.

Sadly, it is all too common that the factor of “relevance” that influences my choice is something that is quite peripheral — an interesting anniversary, a quirk of the weather, or to quote the author of the week, “an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato.”

Ambrosia’s simple request brings me squarely to the point. I and my colleagues, and the thousands of friends and alumni who support the college, are here to help our students learn to create amazing, fulfilling lives.

If a snickerdoodle can help a student, then I have the sweet reward of being in exactly the right place at the right time. Awesome!

I hope today’s requests of you will help you as much as Ambrosia’s has blessed me.

Happy Friday!
Come and get ’em!


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