Monday, October 12, 2020

Date: October 12, 2020

A soy latte can be a tricky beverage to prepare. So as I placed my order at the Flamingo, Mike Gumulauskas walked behind the counter. “This one is hard,” he explained as he stepped in to help. And a perfect soy latte emerged. A few days earlier Mike had stopped me in the Grove. “While I have your attention, can I just ask you a question?” he said. “Sure.” He then asked about the refund policy for tuition when the Butterfly House is closed. Parents had been refunded for some of the days but not all of them. I explained that the Butterfly House is a service. Even in a regular year the expenses of the Butterfly House are $400,000 greater than the revenues. And in a pandemic, this gap has got larger; it will be over $600,000. I didn’t need to finish. Mike just said, “I get it; keep the staff employed. This really matters.” In these encounters, I see the fruits of the Spirit. In these encounters, I see a seminarian being formed. It is a delight.  I aspire to teach most students — it is one of the reasons why I like to offer a required course. One of my fears is that I will miss the middler class. So I am feeding on these moments; and I am grateful. I sense a talented class is emerging. For this I am grateful. The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President

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