Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Big Thank You

A glance at the SCC Facebook page after a winter weather event can be depressing.  For some we close too early in such events, for others we close too late.  For some we shouldn't have closed at all, for some we should have closed a full day ahead rather than wait to see what the actual weather and road conditions would be.  For some we did O.K.

I'm not going to engage that debate, particularly where comments infer that there is insufficient concern for safety where closure decisions are concerned.  Suffice it to say that a great deal of attention goes into closure decisions, and that this attention is driven by safety concerns of all faculty, staff, and students.  I would simply ask that we all understand that this has been a challenging winter where the weather is concerned, that it will continue to be a challenging winter, and that we will continue to attend to weather events and travel safety concerns to the best of our ability.

My intent here is to say Thank You to those members of our Facilities and Department of Public Safety staffs who work tirelessly to keep the campus safe all of the time, but particularly during challenging weather events.  I drove to a closed campus this morning to keep a conference call appointment and was greeted by members of our facilities staff who had been working literally all night trying to stay ahead of the snow to be able to reopen campus in a timely fashion for the remainder of classes this week.  And closed or open, our Public Safety staff is here 24/7 to ensure the safety of all visitors to campus.

In our debates about whether a call was too early or too late, whether we should be open or closed, we sometimes forget how hard these people work to make this a safe campus every day, all of the time.  Please thank a facilities or public safety staff member the next time you have the chance.  Their work is largely invisible and utterly vital to everything that we do and our ability to do it in a safe and comfortable environment.

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