It is "week of welcome" at Denison! I saw that on the sign post and LOVE it! WOW in wolof (one of the languages of Senegal) is Yes. Yes Denison - Week of Welcome- I like it!
Yesterday was the big move in day for the Class of 2019- wow- 2019. We graduated from Denison in 1990…..in some ways that feels like a very long time ago and then I remember the day I climbed the stairs to learn I was next door to Lori and Kelly- the gals from June O and Kate and Elin on the other side- so lucky!
I was on campus for work and what an honor and delight to get to reconnect, meet and engage with wonderful new family members. Denison is a family- the staff, classmates, volunteers, faculty, parents, students- we're all connected in a special way. I teared up more yesterday than I have in quite some time. Hearing confirmation that Denison indeed changes lives- alumni bringing their students back to their alma mater- figure eights. Parent new to Denison so pleased to support their child's education, journey in this way- why Denison from has a profound impact on me- I listen closely.
Life on Newark-Granville Road just picked up on activities, options, to-dos and traffic. The rest of the school moves in this week, classes start- get ready Granville! The energy is wonderful and our town hustles and bustles with their arrival. I just was studying with Sally- her economic flash cards. I can't help but think about the positive influence the Denison family has on our village. What makes Denison special is what makes Granville special- it is all about the relationships
Welcome to our family, welcome back, welcome to Granville- we're glad you are here.