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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Date: September 17, 2020

Yesterday I visited the Mail Center. Once the Welcome Center Library emerged, we had to relocate the mail operation. I had the opportunity to visit with Griffin Warder. He showed me around the operation behind the mail boxes. It was impressive. Mail deliveries have become the primary means of shopping. The sheer quantity of parcels and letters has increased dramatically. Given the space is small, I am grateful to Santino Dut and Stuart Dahlinger who seek to move packages and letters to the relevant residence hall or apartment block as quickly as they can. Santino has been in the mail distribution world for some time; however, for Griffin and Stuart this is a new focus. I am deeply grateful to employees who learn new skills, move to a new space, and seek to work hard to serve the Seminary. Such flexibility is vitally important. Adaptation to survive is the theme of the moment. And this trio – Griffin, Santino, and Stuart – are modeling such adaptive skills. So if you visit the Mail Center or perhaps see them delivering the mail, then could you please just pause and say “thank you” – thank you for moving into a new role, which requires new skills. For this willingness, we are all grateful. The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President

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