The start of a new semester always arrives for me to a mixture of excitement and anxiety, anticipation and a healthy respect for what the unknown will bring. As we begin this semester we are in troubled and troubling waters. Events in nearby Ferguson have many of us saddened and concerned, no doubt struggling with questions for which there are no easy answers. Closer to home, the loss of one of our students – a good student who served her country well – is a punch in our collective gut on the eve of the start of classes.
It is important especially at such times to recognize our circles of care – those circles within which we can touch others positively – and to perhaps seek to stretch those circles just as far as we are able. The SCC community is one in which these circles of caring abound and overlap, embracing many. As we begin this new semester and school year let us be even more mindful of the importance of these circles and intentional in expanding them.
As we have learned again from recent events, safety in all of its forms is a vital thing. It’s absence can be devastating, with devastating consequences. Please take a moment in your day to help someone to feel safe and cared for. That is a hallmark of the SCC community and one that we need as much as ever as we begin the semester. Thank you, as always, for all that you do for one another and for our students. I wish us all an exciting and growth-filled semester and school year.