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December Message from Alumni Association President

Our Thanksgiving table was decidedly smaller and more intimate this year, as I’m sure was true for many of you. COVID-19 prevented our grandparents and extended family members from joining and our high school- and college-age children kept themselves even more socially distant than usual. (Are they really in the house somewhere? Should I text them to come down for dinner?)

The small gathering did, however, give us a different perspective and new insight into “Thanks”giving. Without the usual hustle to the table and the impossible task of keeping everything on the table warm, we found ourselves more relaxed and more talkative, and laughing, reminiscing and sharing the things that define family and the many blessings we embody, but often forget or undervalue.

With that in mind, I want to share my personal thanks to my La Salle family.

  • I’m thankful to our alumni—especially the caregivers and first responders who play a crucial role in our well-being and offer selfless care.
  • I’m thankful to our faculty and staff, who reinvented themselves during our pandemic and remained true to their personalized approach to education and student enrichment, even when physically separated.
  • I’m thankful to our Executive Cabinet, Alumni Board, and Board of Trustees for their leadership, focus, and determination through this pandemic and their commitment to our broader mission.
  • I’m thankful to our Christian Brothers and spiritual leaders, who give us the underlying strength, meaning, and faith in a power larger than us.
  • Finally, I’m thankful to our student body and their families who demonstrated a gritty resilience.

Below are a few ways to share your thanks this holiday and stay connected to each other.

  • Just a reminder, Alumni Board of Directors nominations are due Dec. 4 for alumni who would like to run for a three year term. Nominations for the Women in Leadership Award are due December 7.  Further information on this exciting new Board initiative is below.
  • Alumni Association Virtual Alumni Coffee House: Remember the good old days of sipping coffee and listening to live music in Backstage of the La Salle Union Building or the E & F Lounge? Join us every other Thursday starting Dec. 3 and Dec. 17 as we showcase live alumni performances. If you have a talent, share it with the La Salle Alumni community. Offer up your own topic or make a suggestion for a future topic by emailing us at alumni@lasalle.edu.
  • The Alumni Association Virtual Awards Celebration If you missed our virtual watch party on Nov. 19, you were the exception. We had more than 1,000 views that night alone, and the numbers keep growing. Celebrate our recipients Stephen T. Zarrilli, ’83, and Philabundance and hear their stories as they uphold the greatest of our Lasallian values.

Loving life when I am thankful with my fellow alumni in building bigger circles, tighter connections and greater engagement and paying it forward to our students and future alumni.