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These past few days have been trying, even frightening as Hurricane Sandy has battered the east coast. As I write, my sister, a physician in Manhattan, is living without power and heat in her Greenwich Village apartment. She’s still a young person and can manage. But this morning I’m thinking about all those who require help, the elderly and children, and people with disabilities.

This puts me in mind of what I think it means to be involved with honors at SU. Our collective goal is to become larger than our singular interests. That’s what our approach to civic engagement is all about.

As the university returns to business as usual let’s hold together the life of the mind and our lives as citizens. And let’s keep our friends and neighbors in our thoughts.

Stephen Kuusisto



“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too can become great.”   –Mark Twain

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