Dear KU Friends:
Before coming to KU I had some vague idea about what it would be like to be part of KU community. It will be a while before I have the kind of familiarity with the campus that many of you have, but one important thing I have discovered is the depth of generosity of the faculty, staff, and students — both for one another and for the larger community.
It is the character of our people that makes KU strong and ties the strengths of our past to our lofty plans for the future. I’ve seen very busy faculty, staff, and students find time to volunteer as part of the KU Advocacy Corps, formed in honor of Chancellor Gray-Little’s inauguration. Medical students provide free health care at JayDoc Free Clinic. Students from Center for Community Outreach and Alternative Breaks will be active over the holiday break assisting community agencies. Hundreds of faculty and staff donate time and resources on governance and working committees, staffing student groups, and giving to the United Way campaign.
To all of you at KU who give generously of your resources, your time, and your expertise, I cannot adequately put into words the thanks and admiration I feel. You remind us all of what is so special about the Jayhawk spirit.
I send this holiday greeting to you with warm wishes at the close of the semester. I look forward to working with you for a most productive 2011.
Jeffrey S. Vitter
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor
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