- Author: Wendy Powers
Today is a bit of a slow day as many have likely started the holiday weekend early. I know Katherine is working on her turducken. I have started preparations, but prefer to incur the last minute chaos as much as possible.
I do hope everyone takes time to acknowledge all that they have. Often times, it is too easy to get swallowed up thinking about what's not perfect and what's missing. True, there has been loss this year. At the end, we remain incredibly fortunate. Our impact is stronger than ever. COVID protocols have kept the UC ANR employees safe from significant hospitalizations, or worse. We have an opportunity before us that, with much work, will increase the academic footprint I have heard so much about since joining UC ANR in 2016. Across the U.S., the recognition of the value of science and Cooperative Extension is greater than it has been in several years. There is much for which to be thankful.
I have a couple more meetings today, including making an offer to a prospective new hire, the second offer I have made in the last 10 days. This truly is exciting. Exciting, too, was meeting with a couple of new donors last week who spoke so highly of UC ANR. Their enthusiasm inspires me for the upcoming Giving Tuesday. I wouldn't be surprised to see UC ANR in the news over the weekend, with our experts sharing tips on everything from safe turkey preparation practices to climate change mitigation to keeping off those holiday pounds. I am thankful for the contribution each person in UC ANR makes.
I hope everyone stays safe this long weekend while enjoying good company and many laughs.