I think it's only fair that someone tells you that over 400 of us got together this past Friday and we talked about you all day long. Yes, we did. We plotted to do this a year ago. We rented out the Albuquerque Convention Center downtown for the Second Annual CNM Conference on Teaching and Learning. Many of us petitioned ahead of time, requesting to talk about specific things related to you. Then, everyone else picked what they wanted to hear about you and then they talked about you, too.
We even paid an expert on you to fly in from across the country so he could talk about you. He did and then we clapped. When he was done, we spread out to different rooms and we talked about you some more.
Were your ears burning? We got into some pretty animated conversations about you. In the rooms, in the halls, in the bathroom and in the ballroom. We laughed about you; some of us even teared up about you. We spent only a little bit of time talking about how sometimes you infuriate us; you can be aggravating and exhausting. But mostly, we avoided that. We set that aside and we focused on the best of who we know you - and we - can be. Of course, you inspire us; you bring us alot of joy and satisfaction.
You are the reason we are here. We love to teach you. And we spent all day Friday trying to figure out how to better teach you, to help you grow and to reach your dreams. We gathered together to share our experiences, to report on the latest research, and to translate all that into better ways to serve you - on Monday.
The diversity was grand. The carpentry teacher taught the philosophy teacher who passed it on to the math tutor who shared it with the nursing instructor who wrote it down and passed it along to the business teacher, the aerobics instructor, the academic advisor, and the dean.
I thought you would want to know that we care about you. We really do. We see you. We want to see you learn and grow and move on from here to run headlong into your now brighter future.
And when you get there, remember to drop us a line and let us know how you are doing. So we can talk about you some more.