Dear Marietta College Family,

Each year on Thanksgiving, I enjoy waking up early to begin preparing a special meal. As Judy and I sit down later in the day to eat, we enjoy reflecting on the past year and giving thanks for what we have and for each other

Once again, I will be giving thanks for each of you and your remarkable contributions to the Marietta College community. Our faculty, staff, students, and alumni inspire me every day and remind me how bright our future is.

Recently, the sisters of Alpha Xi Delta were dealt an unexpected hardship when their beautiful and historic home was seriously damaged by a fire. While we all wish this had not happened, it did reveal to us the strength of our tight-knit community. When you live, work and learn at a place where anyone and everyone is ready to step up and help at a moment’s notice, you know we have something remarkable. I am thankful that all are safe and that we are moving forward on a path to recovery.

I am so thankful for our great community and especially to our first responders in the Marietta, Devola, Reno, and Williamstown Fire Departments. These women and men are, simply put, amazing!

Too often we are so focused on what is pressing and urgent that it is easy to lose track of what is really important — and we take for granted what is truly meaningful. I ask you to join me in making sure we never take for granted what makes the Marietta College community so special. On this day of Thanksgiving, and on every other day of the year, be thankful for those around you, thankful for your happiness, and appreciate and never take for granted all that you have.

Whether you are traveling many miles away, remaining close to Marietta, or staying put on campus for the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to wish you a safe and joyful break. Also, I look forward to sharing the last few weeks of another successful semester with you, and remember that your Marietta College family will be thinking about you over the break.

With Thanks,

Bill Ruud
President and Professor of Management