Dear GWSB Alumni,
It is hard to believe that another summer has come and gone and that a new school year is upon us. The students are back on campus and focused on their business classes, career development programs, and extra-curricular activities. I hope that you were able to enjoy some time away to relax with family and friends over the summer.
I am humbled to share an experience with you that I had this summer and the perspective that I gained as we enter this new academic year. My family and I spent time in Vermont this summer hiking and then relaxing on Lake Champlain. While enjoying our first day of hiking on the beautiful Appalachian Trail, I took my eyes off of the trail for a brief moment to enjoy the view around me. It was at that very moment that a root in the trail grabbed my foot and threw me unceremoniously to the ground. Unfortunately, the first thing to hit the ground was my lower lip and chin, which, as luck would have it, found another root to land on with the full force of my weight. My husband Brad and daughter Shelby can testify that it was an ugly “face plant.” Fortunately, a young man who was “through-hiking” the entire 2,200 mile trail came upon us shortly after my fall, and generously shared his medical supplies so I could be patched up before finishing the second half of our day’s hike. We were warmly greeted that afternoon in the Rutland Regional Medical Center emergency room where I received six stitches in my chin and lip. I was very fortunate that my injuries weren’t any worse, and we were able to finish our hikes and time on the lake with no other serious mishaps.
This experience led me to two reflections as we begin a new school year. First, while it is important that we look ahead and to the future at our vision and strategy for the school, each member of our community must not lose sight of the role we each play to impact the school’s day to day activities (i.e., for alumni-mentoring, employment opportunities, networking participation, recommending a prospective student, etc.) that will trip us up on our journey toward our vision if we don’t give appropriate attention to them along the way. Second, we should always value and engage the people around us who can help celebrate successes, and pick us up, patch us up, and provide encouragement when we do trip and fall, as we all will on occasion. As Alumni, we count on you, to provide this feedback and encouragement for our students, our faculty and staff, and to each other.
I am confident that the coming year will be another exceptional one for GWSB as we support one another to do our daily tasks well so that we can make progress together Engaging the World from the Nation’s Capital.
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Linda A. Livingstone, PhD
Dean and Professor of Management