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Thankfulness Abounds Around Campus

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
November 25, 2009

For 17 years, New Hampshire’s Sarah Josepha Hale wrote to presidents, governors and anyone else who would listen, imploring them to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. Before convincing Abraham Lincoln to do so in 1863, the holiday was celebrated at different times of the year—in some states, as early as January.

So, I’m thankful that we have Hale, the author of the childhood nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and the editor of “Ladies Magazine” and "Godey's Lady's Book” to thank for the holiday that give us time to pause and remember our blessings.

Here’s what some folks around campus say they are thankful for this year:

“As I sit in my office surrounded by food donations collected and donated by Community Leadership students, having just left UNH Manchester where another group of students have already brought in more than 2500 items of warm clothing to donate to numerous organizations, I am SO grateful to have the opportunity to work with such amazing people who teach me daily the power of determination, teamwork and perseverance. ..how lucky I am to know them and to have a job that allows me to create these projects.”
            --Kate Hanson, associate professor and co-founder of the Community Leadership Program, Thompson School of Applied Science

“I am thankful for every grey hair on my head!”
            --Marianne Fortescue, coordinator, Office of Community Service and Learning

“I’m thankful I live and work in Durham, NH (and still have my job) and that
my two sons in their 20s have full time career jobs.”
            --Doug Bencks, university architect and director of campus planning

“I am thankful that I can be confused for someone else these days. Not being in the hot seat 24/7 is a good thing. I am also thankful that when I sit at my desk at home these days, doing the things that one does when one is taking time to refuel and reflect, I can see the tide ebb and flow in Barter's Creek behind my house.  As Wendell Berry writes, "For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.” 
            --Bruce Mallory, professor of education and former provost

“I’m thankful I am still able to play in an annual football game the day after Thanksgiving with my high school friends.”
            --David R. Proulx, assistant vice president for financial planning and budgeting

“I am thankful for the opportunity to coordinate our department’s donation to the Cornucopia Thanksgiving food basket drive, which I’ve done since I joined the department in 2004. It always makes the holiday a little more meaningful, and this year our faculty, staff, and students were more generous than usual, which is heartening in these difficult economic times.”
            --Matty Leighton, administrative assistant, family studies

“I am thankful for James Hall and how beautiful it is coming out.”
            --Brenda Whitmore, facilities project manager

“I’m thankful for a new member in my family, my 5-month-old grandson!”
            -- Guy Eaton, facilities communications and information coordinator
“I am thankful for my easy commute. I cross over the Lamprey River. I drive by the UNH croplands, look up to view the UNH Sawmill.  Gaze at the Fairchild Dairy when I come to the stop sign then pass by the Smith Equine Center before, at the edge of College Woods, see the University of New Hampshire blue and white sign welcoming me each day.”
            --Regina Smick-Attisano, director, Thompson School of Applied Science

“I am thankful for: a privileged, resource-abundant, democracy-ruled United States - with one foot in war-torn Uganda, Africa (working with child soldiers) my perspective on my day-to-day life here in the U.S. is always being re-adjusted.”
            -- Kathy Mandsager, program coordinator, Coastal Response Research Center

“Besides my partner, Josh, and my family and friends, I'm thankful for my kitty, Arka, who is my alarm clock, my LGBT volleyball league, which keeps my life balanced, my colleagues at the university, who still put up with me, and just for being alive.”
            --David Gillum, assistant director, Office of Environmental Health and Safety

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