Holiday Message Year in Review 2020 Video Transcript
Video DescriptionSteven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., President of Endicott College, offers his well wishes for a happy holiday season and healthy New Year and provides a look back at the 2020 calendar year for the College—a year where the entire College community showcased what it means to be adaptable, to persevere, and to be resilient.
- It's hard to believe that I was inaugurated
as Endicott College's seventh president
just over a year ago.
When reflecting on the past year, two words come to mind,
perseverance and adaptability.
No one could have predicted that a global pandemic
would drastically shift the landscape of higher education
and change our entire way of life.
COVID-19 has tested our resiliency,
and I couldn't be prouder of how our community
has risen to the challenge, overcome obstacles
and embraced this new normal.
Before the pandemic, our Gulls were in the midst
of the spring semester, celebrating athletic wins
and academic achievements,
studying abroad and enjoying life at the Nest.
Coronavirus caused us to re-imagine that experience=
and shift to remote learning.
After months of diligent planning,
our students returned to campus this fall
and found an Endicott that, while certainly different,
is still the college they love.
Beyond the safe return, Endicott excelled in areas
of academic and extracurricular support this past year.
In June, we welcomed our new provost, Dr. Beth Schwartz,
who is driving academic innovation.
Several program offerings were unveiled,
including bachelor's and master's degrees
in healthcare management, multiple education certificates,
and a Doctor of Nursing Practice.
Our renowned internship and co-op program continued
to flourish in a mostly virtual environment.
We have remained well ahead of schedule for the opening
of our newest academic building,
where classes will take place in the spring semester.
The Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Task Force
launched a climate survey
that will help shape a more inclusive culture on campus.
Misselwood Events successfully re-imagined
it's Concours d'Elegance into four rallies.
And finally, numerous accolades
from U.S. News & World Report
and others tell the story of our college holding strong\
in a period of uncertainty.
Endicott has proven
that whatever challenges come our way,
together, we will persevere because that is what Gulls do.
No matter what your faith,
we must believe that there are brighter days ahead.
Believe that there will come a time
when we can hug one another,
believe that we can gather in large groups once again,
believe that life will be back to normal.
And I ask you to continue to believe in Endicott College.
I wish you a happy holiday season and a healthy new year.
Here's to a brighter 2021.