Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all
Each Christmas season as I decorate my home, I delight in digging through the boxes of ornaments and decorations and celebrate in rediscovering the treasures I've accumulated across the years. Several Christmases ago, I received a purple velvet star embroidered with the word Hope. On the back of the star was a tiny pocket just waiting for something special … and after much thought, I wrote the first stanza of Emily Dickinson's poignant poem on a little piece of paper and inserted it into that tiny pocket. This past year, with its unexpected twists and turns, the words of that powerful poem have gone through my mind many, many times.
So, you can imagine how deeply touched I was when our Chancellor, Linda Brady, said to all the UNCG staff, faculty, students, alumni and friends gathered at her annual holiday reception this past Tuesday, Thank you for all you do to make this university an inspiring place to be. I also want you to know that there is a lot of hope in this room tonight and all around this outstanding university. She then invited all of us to find ornaments hidden around the Cone Ballroom each bearing the word Hope and to share them. Chancellor Brady went on to say, I know it's been a challenging year, and after sharing the possibilities 2010 may bring for us, she concluded, You make this university great, and I am going to continue working to ensure that UNCG is one of the best places to work, to serve and to learn. So raise your mugs (of hot chocolate) in a toast to you, to hope and to a great new year ahead.
And our wish for all of you the alumni of this wonderful university who make this institution of higher learning an exceptional place to work, to serve and to learn may your new year be filled with unexpected possibilities and unending hope.
All of the staff from the UNCG Alumni Relations Office Bridgette Dix '06, Linda Dunston-Stacey '85, Julie Landen, Scott Jones, Melissa Potter, Mary Swantek and I wish you a peaceful and joyful holiday season. Thank you for allowing us the privilege of serving you.
Executive Director of the UNCG Alumni Association