Thinking of Ukraine
Harmonelle, a smaller ensemble of the Endicott Singers, sang the Ukrainian Carol of the Bells. “The Ukrainians face great hardship this winter,” said Brandi Johnson, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, “and we cannot turn our back on that darkness in the world or the darkness that invades our lives even closer to home—the shootings, the fighting, the discrimination.”
A Bright Light on Campus
Hector Johnson ’24 was honored as a bright light on campus for his contributions to the football team’s success and for his positive spirit and efforts to uplift community members. SURJ President Teebh Al-Freihy (not pictured) was also honored for her efforts during Native American Heritage Month at Endicott.
12/2/2022The holiday season has officially arrived at Endicott.
On December 1, the Gull community ushered in the spirit of the season at the annual Festival of Lights, sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging. The beloved tradition was newly hosted inside the Cleary Lecture Hall after last year’s event drew a standing-room-only crowd to the then-Interfaith Chapel (now the Center for Belonging & Inclusion).
Another change was the absence of the Rev. Dr. Gail Cantor, Endicott’s Director of Belonging and Spiritual Life, who was unable to make the event, which was hosted by President Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., and Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Brandi Johnson.
“I am going to do my best to fill her shoes,” said Johnson, who noted that she had been attending the Festival of Lights for 15 years. “I have watched it evolve from a small candle-lighting ceremony into this beautiful celebration where we are able to share our light and spread love throughout our campus.”
In addition to welcoming members of all religious faiths to light candles honoring Christmas, Hanukkah, and Buddhist traditions, the event also celebrated Endicott’s “bright lights”— “our colleagues, coworkers, friends, and the smiling faces we see every day in the Callahan, EAT Café, the bookstore, and Starbucks,” said DiSalvo.
He also recognized the recent gun violence tragedies at the University of Virginia, the University of Idaho, and Club Q in Colorado Springs.
“The holidays are a time for us all to come together, regardless of our background or our beliefs,” he said. “A time to celebrate the many things that unite us all. Let us not take this holiday season for granted and cherish every moment, including tonight.”
Photos by Mazzie Hinsdale ’26