I’m not sure how to sum up a year like this. “Nantucket sleigh ride” probably comes closest. With no whales in the Great Lakes, this term may be unfamiliar to some of you. If so, visit here.
It was a wild ride indeed, going back to all the moves last summer (including ours), the opening of Gordon Parks Arts Hall, welcoming many new faculty and staff, the endless meetings with contractors and construction team members, developing new policies and practices around our expanded Historic Campus, hiring a building manger for Parks, managing dozens of events, completing 2,004 support tickets, and all with an eye toward the work ahead this summer. The workload has been fierce, as it has been for so many others during this time of profound change, and I would be lying if I said we’d experienced no wear and tear. However, we are all still here (even if Allen is leaving soon), and still looking forward to the challenges ahead - and there are many.
On behalf of the whole IS team, let me say thanks to all of you for your support, encouragement, cooperation and patience as we set some new records for doing things we’ve never done before. Special thanks to Tony Wilson, Joe Wachowski, Scott Griffin and the rest of the operations team for stepping up every day (and night too many times), as well as the Finance and Operations team: Christopher Jones, Kellyn Gawel, Brian Lipinski, Paul Gunty, Martha Baggetto, Ned Reece, Brent LaRowe, and Paul Gunty. Without these folks, IS would not be able to do what we need to do.
Just a note that IS will no longer be in the former band room after next weekend. We’ll be moving to N110 in Gordon Parks Hall starting the afternoon of June 10 and through the rest of that weekend. We will be moved in and ready to work from that space on Monday, June 13.
Best wishes to all for a joyful summer.