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Thursday, December 8, 2016

End of Semester Update and Buffet December 15

Dear colleagues,

Thank you for the conversations we have had over the past several weeks during the faculty and staff forums and coffee discussions  The vice chancellors and I will continue to follow up on the ideas and suggestions you shared during those meetings.  As we address our collective concerns, we should also find more opportunities to celebrate with each other the achievements of our students and colleagues.

We have had many successes this fall.  However, it is also a challenging and uncertain time.  The end of the semester and the end of 2016 will be here soon, and I send you my best wishes for a joyful semester break, holiday season, and new year. I'm sharing these thoughts now, because I have knee replacement surgery scheduled December 12 and will be spending most of the semester break recuperating. I will be out until the end of January and look forward to reconnecting with you then. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact the Vice Chancellors, Jean Conner, or another member of my staff if you need anything or have questions.

I regret that I will miss the End of Semester Buffet, but I hope you will attend on Thursday, December 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Kirby Ballroom.

Again, thank you for all you do for UMD.  I wish you much joy in the new year and hope 2017 will be the best year yet for UMD.


Lendley Black