The following statement by Gifford Pinchot guided my thinking for this week’s blog: 

“We are social creatures, who have a clear preference for the warm feelings that fellowship, belonging, mutual commitment, and shared liberty produce.  These warm feelings thrive in a well-structured community that values altruistic service.  We get the colder feelings of fear, loneliness, glory, and pride when we focus all our efforts on gaining selfish advantage over others.  Our happiness and loyalty to organizations depends on spending our time at work as part of a strong organizational community.” (p. 128)

I am grateful for the service I witness from a dedicated group of community members who I consider to be our front line.  These individuals smile often and are always willing to help others in a way that defines altruistic behavior.  They are valued members of our community, without whom many of us would not be able to do our jobs.  They are kind, caring, and model loyalty while strengthening our community.  Here is a list of EHHS’s front line community members: 

  • Branch Campus: Bonni Garvey, Michelle Howland, Lynn Hughes  
  • Communication Disorders and Sciences: Donna Gadue
  • Counsel Education: Jill Myers, Judy Scriver
  • Education Programs: Jessica Chase, Jennifer Clancy, Donna Vanderhoff
  • EHHS Dean’s Office: Jackie Coolidge, Robin Prenoveau
  • Expeditionary Studies: Joan Kornecki
  • Nursing and Nutrition: Theresa Wenig
  • Sport and Wellness: Allyson Fregeau
  • Student Teaching Field Placement: Crystal Sargent

 In my last blog, I wrote about the sacred space after someone speaks where responses can be chosen, hopefully ones that build relationships and community.   Our office managers are champions at doing this.  Please take a few minutes this week to thank them for their service.

I also am grateful for the dedication and service by EHHS members who serve on additional committees.  There has been an explosion of committees this semester on which many of you have served or are serving.  In part, these include committees for strategic planning, academic planning, searches, accreditation (individual programs and the College), and one recently in the Teacher Education Unit for a RFP.  Service by community members on these committees will help chart the course of our future.  This altruistic service speaks to mutual commitment and to a strong organizational community.   

I am thankful for everyone who serves to build our community.  Our ability to carry out our most important mission, educating students, is enhanced significantly by this positive energy and commitment.

Pinchot, G. (1998). Building community in the workplace. In F. Hesselbein, M. Goldsmith, R. Bechard, & R. Schubert (Eds.), The community of the future (p. 128). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.