My Thanksgiving Wish

November 24, 2020

As in-person classes conclude, I hope you're staying positive and testing negative. As it has been since we resumed in August, your wellness is top of mind for me. In fact, it's my Thanksgiving wish that you experience good health (in every sense of the word) that continues throughout our extended break period and into the coming new year. There are a few actions you can take to help my wish come true.

  • Take advantage of campus testing. More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported nationwide over the last seven days, and it is our responsibility to care for those around us — both at our Appalachian home and in our hometowns.
  • Celebrate Thanksgiving in a new way, because we are nothing if we're not creative!
  • Do all the right things, just as you've done on campus all semester.

The empathy and care you've shown for others this semester continues to impress me. If you or someone you know is experiencing need, please remember our community's resources, including this no-questions-asked food service for students during break. I am here to support you, too, and I hope you'll reach out to me, or someone else you trust, when you experience trying times. There's much to give thanks for, even in these most unusual circumstances. Personally, I am grateful for our people — you students, and you professors, our staff members, and (since commencement is just around the corner) our alumni, too. Happy Thanksgiving!

Sandra A. Vannoy, Ph.D. | Acting Dean
Walker College of Business | Appalachian State University
4135 Kenneth E. Peacock Hall | 416 Howard Street
Boone, NC 28608 | USA
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