Just about midway point

Your Deacs are back after Fall Break, and campus feels much more alive with them here. We’re just about at the midpoint of the semester – the second part of term classes will begin Wednesday – so our students will soon begin the long, slow, coast to the end of the semester, hard as that is to believe. Maybe it is a long, slow scaling of the mountain (for classes that are hard). Either way, they will soon be closer to the end of the semester than the beginning, and that can be a welcome thing.

Signs of fall are creeping in. Some of our trees are beginning to turn color – you can see at the bottom of the Quad Cam the lovely red maple. We should be at peak fall colors right about Family Weekend, which is fabulous timing. Fall also means that we will be doing leaf blowing on campus to keep the sidewalks clean. This is traditionally one of our [very much nocturnal] students’ eternal gripes: leaf blowing in the morning. Our campus team works hard to try not to blow right next to the residence halls before 9 am, and this year they are also using some low decibel blowers.

As always on Mondays, a couple of special features for P’23 families: Letters So Dear (this week’s message is from a young alum) and our Weekly Message for First Year Families (this week is about ups and downs – something you may have experienced if your Deac was home for Fall Break).

I am going to be out of the office on Weds. and Thurs. of this week, so no blog those days. Your Deacs can stay abreast of activities via the Events Calendar for this week. Of particular interest to folks concerned with sustainability and global warming might be this lecture on Weds. the 16th, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming  with David Wallace-Wells.

Make it a great week, Deac families!


— by Betsy Chapman ’92, MA ’94

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