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Student Appreciation Week at America’s Environmental College

November 13, 2018

Unity College Community,

I don’t have to tell you that it’s Student Appreciation Week at Unity College. Athletic events are a little fuller than usual, TerraHaus is teeming with student events, the support and snacks are ubiquitous. Many advisors and the registration team are here before anyone else to make sure registration is effective and as efficient as possible for our students.

This is officially student appreciation week, but I also want to thank our staff and faculty who treat every week like student appreciation week. You sit with a student eating alone. You make a point to be there for our veterans. You give every internship the same 100% effort that you gave the previous dozen. You check in with a student who is struggling. You understand that our students have a choice.

Our students are our reason for being. They allow us the opportunity to fulfill our mission. They chose us over thousands of other institutions. They and their families invest time, money, and educational opportunity in us – in Unity College. You know this. You live this. You know our students are cut from a different cloth. They ask for challenges other students wouldn’t and they challenge us in ways that other students won’t. Our students are Unity students. And we love them for it.

In my years at Unity College I’ve witnessed the difference. Unity students can be empowered, confident, and expect a lot. From their lives, from their work, from themselves, and from us. These qualities will see them go far as global environmental leaders. They also can keep us on our toes. I, for one, wouldn’t want it any other way. Our job is to help channel their energy, ambition, and high standards in ways that help them achieve their own personal and professional goals. Our job is to help them learn their own agency, find their own voice, and become the heroes in their own stories while using their superpowers for positive social and environmental change. It’s as important to be a mentor as it is to be a superhero. Just ask Alfred.

You demonstrate every day that it’s not a mentor’s job to tell a student what to think. It’s our job to help them become better thinkers. You wear the tremendous badge that comes when a student asks you what you think personally because you have been thoughtful, critical, rational, courteous, and have treated every perspective with equal concern and consideration.

You understand that these students are not a distraction from our work, our calling, and our purpose. Our students are our purpose. You show them every day that they are not an afterthought for your research, but rather the reason for your research. You find a way to walk a gracious line of support where caring is not enabling, supporting is not entitling, and properly accommodating is not giving a pass.

Every day is student appreciation day. And every day you teach that lesson to all who will listen.

In Unity,

MPK
Dr. Melik Peter Khoury
President
Unity College

Our Mission Through the framework of sustainability science, Unity College provides a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Through experiential and collaborative learning, our graduates emerge as responsible citizens, environmental stewards, and visionary leaders.