Westminster College Gives Thanks 

11/18/2010 
Campus News 

Thanksgiving Greetings 
'Tis the Season to be Thankful
 

Members of the Westminster community share what they give thanks for this holiday season.


I’m thankful for our Westminster STUDENTS –
they bring enthusiasm to our community and promise for our future!
- Kelle Silvey

I am thankful that my son has made it home safe from 5 years service in the Marines, and has chosen to attend university. He completed 2 deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many of his friends are there again now. While he was serving, his 3 siblings and he became closer than ever, and this holiday season, they will all be celebrating together on purpose.
- Kathy Appleton

I am thankful for my new Westminster family and for all the wonderful people who made my transition to Fulton so smooth.
- Tina Rajmaira, Dean of Students

I'm thankful for the people in my life that support my every endeavor. Those who are my home away from home that serve as a constant reminder of what this world is about.
- Kiere Bourque

Jane and I are thankful for faith, family, friends, our Blue Jay Community.
- President Barney Forsythe

I am thankful for all the wonderful WC volunteers; students, faculty and staff all make a difference in their service work in the community. Our reach and impact on the Fulton community ranges much farther then we sometimes realize.
- Jill Olson

I am thankful for being able to attend the exact same college as my Father: Kenneth Eugene Norman graduated from in the 1970s. I am thankful for the opportunity I have been given to be able to attend Westminster College and is thankful to be a part of the Westminster Community.
- Matthew Norman

I'm thankful for a beautiful family, good health, and happiness.
- Professor David Jones

I thank Shelby & Gale Davis everyday for what they have done financially for international students and Westminster College.  And while I’m traveling in SE Asia and China - I love my family for tolerating my travel and for Westminster for allowing me to represent this great little college all over the world!
- Pat Kirby

I’m thankful to be working at an institution where people want to support one another and build a strong sense of community, and I’m especially thankful for my wonderful colleagues and students!
- Carolyn Perry, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty

I am thankful for my family and friends, but most of all my little nephew Michael Dale.
- Ashley Maxey

I am thankful for the ever-changing nature of this life --- for new challenges, new opportunities, new people to share my life with, finding new ways to grow in my faith, and for the relentless sense of hope I have about the wonderful and surprising things to come in my future.
- Gina Campagna

Thankful for having family, true friends, food, electricity, water, clothing, shelter and education.
- Marianne Bampire

I'm thankful for my new baby boy!
- Mandy Plybon

I am thankful for the library’s 47 student workers!
- Kat Barden

I’m especially thankful for a mother with a strong will to fight in tough times.
- Dale Ley

I am thankful for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for the country I live in and the freedoms we all enjoy and for my dear family.
- Brenda Saxe

I'm thankful for that rare gift from God of a true friend. That friend who's love for you can be shaken, but it never wavers; that friend who's compassion for you runs so deep that days without fellowship feels like light years; that friend who isn't content with just helping you be happy every day, but helping you be a better person every day.  That's what I'm thankful for this year.
- Donald Wood

I am thankful for my parents, who instilled within me a sound work ethic, compassion for others and an unrelenting curiosity about the world in which we live.
- Andrew Robertson

I’m thankful that my stepson, Sgt. Jacob Viers, is home safe after a dangerous five-month deployment in Afghanistan.
- Kevin Quinn

Today, I am thankful for a Westminster Seminar class that has become more supportive and understanding of each than any group I’ve seen.
- Professor Tobias Gibson

I am thankful for my wife, Joy, and my kids, Sophia and Jack.  I am thankful we have warm beds and food on the table. 
- Jim Concannon

I'm thankful for my awesome family - both in Oklahoma and here at Westminster.
- Katy Eden

I am thankful for my family, who have always supported me and loved me; I am thankful for my friends, who have enriched my life; I am thankful for the human species, which, while troubled, is really a good little race; and I am thankful that I live on a verdant paradise planet surrounded by millions of other creatures.
- Shane Kincaid

Thankful for my family back at home, school and life :)
- Letila Batisaresare

I am thankful for my beautiful townhouse and sisters to fill it!
- Emily McDaniel

We are thankful for the students, parents, faculty and administrators that make Westminster College such a great place to prepare for life, and for the wonderful experience it has been for our daughter academically, athletically and socially.
- Mike and Liz gibbons, Presidents of the Westminster Parents Association

Now that my family no longer has little children of an age that gives Christmas dinners that extra magic, Thanksgiving has actually become my favorite family holiday.  There is no rushing around shopping…no high expectations of what the celebration is going to be.  It’s just family coming together and enjoying each other..and now that my parents are in their later years, each one of those Thanksgivings takes on special meaning because we don’t know how many more we will have when we will all be together.  So I am really grateful for having my whole family together, all still in good health, laughing and eating the traditional Thanksgiving turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberries, and pumpkin pie, which is also my favorite meal….another reason to give thanks.
- Rob Crouse

I'm thankful that my son, Eric Langland '06 (and Tulane Law School '10) has made it through week six of ten weeks of Marine Corps Officer Candidate School; his goal is to become a JAG Officer.
- Meg Langland

I thank God for another day’s journey to Praise his Holy Name…for he is good and worthy to be praised.
- Carolyn Vaughn

I am thankful for wonderful family & friends, good health, and my job & coworkers at WC.
- Kathy Neal

I am very thankful for the loving relationships of friends and family, for the opportunity for education and interaction within the Westminster Community, and for all of the blessings God has placed in my life. 
- Vicki Flynn

I am thankful for God’s provision.
- Abigail Manwell

I'm thankful for the welcoming community of Westminster, and making it my home away from home!
- Audrey Sharp

I am thankful for all of my lovely Westminster (especially THETA!) friends who have supported me and helped me through quite the challenging semester!!!
- Camille Stiegler

My wonderful colleagues and support from Westminster.
- Professor Sonia Manzoor

I'm thankful for the chance to get a great education, and for the family and friends that support me!
- Aly Monroe

I am thankful for my loving and supportive family near and far, two of whom fight for our freedom by serving in the United States Army.
- Bridget Overton

I am thankful for my two best friends, Daniel Thoenen and Robert Marti, and my wonderful family!!
- Melissa Devign

I am thankful for my family at home especially Dad and Mom for their love and support to me every single day. May God give them many years of joy and blessings. Also, for my American Family, Roxanne and Dutch for taking care of me over the past years in the States and making me forget about homesickness.
- Flora Ximenes

I'm thankful for great, supportive friends and family.
- Mary Nestor

I'm thankful for kind-hearted students, encouraging colleages, prayer support, and great laughs. 
- Professor Debra Crouse  

I am thankful for my family and friends, without them I would not be where I am today.
- Ciara Gibson

I’m thankful for a family that I love and that loves me back, and for a job that I enjoy (that’s not a special plug for the college; it’s just the truth, and I am thankful for it).
- Carol Marriott

I am thankful for my family and friends, for all that I learn and gain from being a community volunteer.
- Cathi Harris

I am thankful for my family, friends, and the Westminster Community for providing the wonderful opportunities I have had and will have in my future.
- Jaclyn Muff

I am thankful for my loving sister, supportive friends, a faith that grounds me and a college that constantly pushes me to excel in every manner of life, not just academics.
- Rachel Nolting

Thankful for my wonderful Family and Friends 
- James Phiri

I’m thankful for two beautiful, happy, healthy granddaughters!
- Linda Logan

I am thankful that I can make my 8-month old grandson smile every time we play paddy-cake together.
- Professor James Farris

I am thankful for my family and my God.
- Jamal Morris

I am Thankful to have friends, professors, and family that I can count on when school or life gets hard.
- Melissa Hirner

I am thankful for being part of the Westminster faculty.
- Professor Jan Fine

I am thankful to live in a land where I have the freedom to choose my own career.
- Michael Smith

I am thankful for my family and the amazing support and help that I have of my fellow sisters and friends here at West-MO.
- Vanessa Lauterwasser

I’m thankful for being surrounded by colleagues who make me feel like family even though I am thousands of miles away from home.
- Antonia Pulkert

I am thankful for all my friends and family because the make my bad days better, and a good day great.
- Abby Kaminski

Thankful for this moment.
- Therese Miller

I give thanks for my family, who support me in everything I do and want to do.
- Hannah Minchow-Proffitt

I’m thankful for my beautiful wife’s willingness to marry downward, my fantastic kids, good health, gorgeous sunsets, my employment and wonderful colleagues at Westminster College, and the Los Angeles Lakers.
- Professor Keith Hardeman

I'm thankful for life, love, and all my families, loved ones, and friends.
- Sarah Abmeyer

I’m thankful for having an opportunity for a Great education!
- Lorraine D’souza

Although I've been given a too short amount of time at WC, I am deeply grateful to have met extraordinary persons. I am thinking these few persons who became friends for life and have already changed my life.
- Jessica Peuzé

I am thankful for my family's support.
- Rachel Perry

I'm thankful for my mother visiting me two weekends before Thanksgiving.
-  Mercedez Clewis

I am thankful to everyone at Westminster, specially President Forsythe, Tonya Veltrop and Kirby Pat, for fighting next to me during the three years I couldn’t leave Cuba, and for never giving up on getting me back to college.
- Yunior Santiago

I am thankful for my family and friends & the wonderful memories we are sure to make this holiday season!
- Leah George

I am thankful for you.
- Robert Thum

I am thankful to be back on Westminster Campus after touring Europe in the Spring.  I know that I am getting a great education in a small community that is preparing me to graduate in May.
- Nicki Disalvo

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite times of year.  God blessed me with wonderful parents and sisters as well as a fantastic husband and sweet little girl who makes me laugh every day.  Most of all, I am thankful for God’s everlasting love as shown to me through Jesus.  No matter what happens, I am certain that I am in God’s care.
- Lori Fox

I'm thankful for my family, friends, and good fortune.
- Max Edele

I'm thankful for having found a place where my family is happy and I enjoy my work.
- John Comerford

I am thankful for my family!
- Shannon Baker