Giving Thanks for a Resilient Community


During the past eight months of this pandemic, my family has taken notice of the extra pleasure we seem to be finding in celebrating birthdays or planning a day off together. Perhaps it is from the break in the routine of daily life during this time, but it is also from a new time spent in more meaningful conversations (often over Zoom). So, even though Covid will prevent most of my family from celebrating this week’s holiday together in person, I find that I am still looking forward to this year’s more simple Thanksgiving. As is tradition, my family will discuss those things that we are grateful for this year. If you find your ears burning on Thursday, it is because I will be talking about you. This year, more than ever, I am grateful for the people here at KSU.

Throughout this semester, our students have faced challenges unlike any before. To all of the students who have learned with us this semester, I want to say thank you for your resilience and commitment as we work through these challenging times.

As for KSU’s faculty and staff who have given students the support they need to be successful, I want to offer my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your dedication to the mission of the University. You too were challenged with finding new ways to engage and teach our students, and I am proud of the work you have done to put our students first.

For all of you who are such an important part of the Kennesaw State community, I wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving, and look forward to seeing you all again very soon.

Pamela Whitten


Written By Whitten