We have just passed through the celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. As an American, I have always felt a special affinity to this day (and I do not mean Black Friday) because it recognizes the fact that we have much to be thankful for and to appreciate. My perspective of Thanksgiving was sharpened this year, due to the passing of my mother-in-law Mrs. Belle Serle. Most specifically, my wife Anita and I were touched and overwhelmed by the outpouring of concern and support from the campus community. It helped us to focus on the positives in our life and on the wonderful people and community that constitute the College of Staten Island and make it a very special institution. We are grateful for your expression of consolation and thank you sincerely for reaching out to us.