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Friday, April 28, 2023

Dedicated students, distinguished colleagues and dear friends,

Happy Friday!

Sometime around the second century CE, the Romans replaced the eight-day Roman nundinal cycle with the seven-day week. The days were named after the seven classical planets that they could see with the naked eye: the Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. And voila, our arbitrary time metric of the seven-day week began. Had they known at the time that Earth was indeed another planet, they would have saved themselves the certain troubles of transitioning and we would have maintained an eight-day week with Earthday included.

Well, since that unintended omission, if not weekly, we annually recognize Earth Day and last week, here at S&T, we celebrated Earth Day 2023 with its theme of “invest in our planet.” Celebrations aside, we are indeed investing in our planet in meaningful and constructive ways.

Regardless of the cause, the fact is that polar ice melting is accelerated with adverse consequences beyond climate change. For this reason, and many others, it behooves us to make every day an Earth Day! We are at the onset of a journey, a journey of global recovery. A journey of endurance and global teamwork that must result in survival of countless of otherwise endangered species.

Finally, an important word of gratitude. While our focus is on the work ahead, we reflect on the diligent work of our people. In particular, as we come to the end of Administrative Professionals Week, I say THANK YOU to all our dedicated administrative staff. As I’ve said before, you are the glue that holds us together and we are grateful for all that you do to ensure our progress.



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