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President's Blog: From the Heart

Grateful Hearts

By Eric F. Spina

In my Thanksgiving message to the campus community, I express the gratitude written in my heart.

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I appreciate and love Thanksgiving because it’s a celebration of family and friends. We pause from the busyness of life and give the most meaningful gift — our loving presence in each other’s lives.

As we gather around the table with family and friends this week, may our hearts be filled with gratitude.

We are blessed to have family who care for us and friends who have become like family.

We are humbled by the generosity of alumni and friends who invest in the dreams of students.

And we are deeply grateful for the Marianists, who founded the University on extraordinarily compelling values and a mission of having an impact in the world.

I value all in our campus community who work together to ensure that the University of Dayton stays true to its values and that we continue to strive to build community across differences, valuing the great diversity of identity, beliefs, and thought that ultimately makes us stronger.

May our bonds of community on campus, in our families, and in our communities continue to deepen as we welcome Thanksgiving with grateful hearts. From our family to yours, Karen, Kaitlyn, Emery, and I wish each of you a joyful holiday.

With grace and blessings,

Eric F. Spina

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