Date: February 18, 2021
The last few years have been relatively mild. This year is harder. Today, the campus is again covered in snow; indeed, the wintry mix brings significant quantities of ice with the snow. So, last night, the announcement was made. Following many other schools in the region, we closed the Butterfly House; we asked employees that can remote work to do so; and we instructed everyone to move around the campus carefully and safely.
Facilities are on the front line in the snow. So, today, I want to thank the remarkable team who rise early to try and do what they can to prepare the campus: Steven Slominski, John Erbe, Stuart Dahlinger, Santino Dut, Victor Hurtado, Roberto Johnson, Timothy Lawhorn, Tom Leake, Mohamed Mohamed, José Reyes, and Griffin Warder. Do please remember in the battle between humanity and the elements, we must always respect nature. Ice can be hidden; it is easy to fall.
Nationally, the weather has been dramatic. Lives have been lost to the snow storms and the tornadoes. Coming on top of the summer fires in California, it is worth pausing and wondering what is behind this unusual weather. Truly this is all part of the work of Lent.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President