November 22, 2017
As November comes to an end and Thanksgiving upon us, it's natural for many to reflect their lives and take stock of what each is most thankful for. In the spirit of the season, we asked some of our staff at SNHU for their favorite quotes about gratitude and what they're feeling particularly thankful about this year.
Amelia Manning, Chief Operating Officer
"I am most thankful for the kindness that exists in this world. Sometimes it can appear as though there is more that divides than unites us. I am heartened by random acts of kindness that are opportunities for us all to close that divide."
Jennifer Brady, Vice President, Marketing
"I am most thankful for friends who have turned into family."
Manning and Brady share in a favorite quote:
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." - William Arthur Ward
Patty Lynott, Campus President
"I am most grateful for the privilege to work in an organization that is genuinely making a difference in people's lives."
"'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say." - Alice Walker
Kristi Durette, Executive Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
"I am thankful for the many ways people I my life lift me, push me, affirm me and share with me a joy filled and purposeful life on day at a time."
"Start each day with a grateful heart." - Unknown
Matthew Thornton, Associate Vice President - Student Technology Experience
"I'm incredibly grateful for the amazing community of love that I have all around me - my husband, family, friends and colleagues, all of whom make getting out of bed such a joy every day! It's been an amazing year with what felt like an extended summer full of adventures and fun, and I'm going into winter hibernation mode with a full heart and endless gratitude."
"You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: The more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you." - Sarah Ban Breathnach
Lindsey Levesque, Remote Career Advisor III
"Having been on the road to recovery over the past four years with a chronic illness, I am most thankful for my good health this year."
"I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual." - Henry David Thoreau
Helen Iaquinta, Assistant Director of Online Engagement
"I am most thankful this year for the continued efforts at SNHU to break down barriers! Starting our Pride in the Workplace group and the emergence of the Diversity Council has been amazing progress. I look forward to getting together, talking about how to better our environment and growing personally and professionally."
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, and confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow." - Melody Beattie
Sharon R. Kehl Califano, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Programs, Creative Writing, Composition, & Literature
"In my work with curriculum and new program development for creative writing and literature programs at SNHU, I value the opportunity to improve our online student experience as a leader on a national stage. Our institutional mission inspires me, our goal of making high-quality education accessible for traditionally underserved or marginalized students while providing them with critical skills future employers value.
We never give up on a student who tries. I'm profoundly grateful that we believe in offering students second chances, that we embrace a democratic mission in making the transformative experience of a college education something that anyone can achieve, should they try hard enough and never give up. That's inspiring to me. We care about the person as well as the student because we believe in the magic of learning that takes place and feeds the soul."
"One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child." - Carl Jung
Leonard Bell, Graduate Military Academic Advisor II
"I'm thankful for my family and friends, my country and my job here at SNHU. It's a blessing to help people achieve their dreams and reach their goals!"
"I am most thankful for my family. They keep me humble, grateful and make me feel loved all the time."
Bell and Thomas share in a favorite quote:
"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." - Oprah Winfrey
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