Feb 11, 2015, Chad Williams, Carson-Newman University
?I know you are away but I wanted to drop you a note before I got too busy and forgot. Just wanted to thank you so very much for your financial support of the Summit. It was a smashing success!! We had all regional schools attend this year so it really was an Appalachian Summit. It was filled with great presentations, great conversations, and even some freedom music at lunch. I have heard nothing but great feedback. The president of the Bonner Foundation was in attendance and was extremely impressed with the Summit also. We would not have been able to pull off such a successful Summit without the financial support of you and TNCC! Many, many thank you?s for all of your support. Maybe we will be able to catch you at next year?s Summit!?
March 9, 2015, Dr. Annie Gray, Pellissippi State Community College
?I imagine you have already left for home, but I wanted to say before the VISTAs and I go out tonight how much I appreciated the time we had to talk yesterday, as well as the experience we shared in the meeting today with Heidi, Randy, and SL champions from around the state. I understood clearly what an important meeting that was for positioning SL, the Compact, and–(most importantly for me, personally)–your role in relation to this new TBR emphasis on high impact practices. I don’t have the right words for how well I understand how important all that was today in how the SL message was shared. Here is part of it, though– You have committed–and still are committing–tremendous energies and talent to the cause of service-learning in TN. I and so many others know that this work you have done has been in terms of investing in persons, not policies or rubrics or the grist mill of performance funding. Yes, you have been careful to count things and provide the expected data, but those of us who really know you understand your contribution has been so far beyond any of that standard business. Your belief in us as persons to carry on this important work well –with heart and talent–has catalyzed our lives and subsequently countless faculty, students and community members. And all this has finally captured the attention of TBR. Heidi and others at TBR need to know about the great legacy you have created here in TN with SL. I was beaming with pride and admiration while you were explaining a mere sliver of your long journey with SL in this state. Picture perfect delivery and message for the occasion. Thank you sharing all that the way you did. Thank you on a lot of levels because what you did today helps all of us.?
March 11, 2015, Dr. Shawn Brabham, Chattanooga State Community College
?Mani, As I suggested on Monday, I think we should look at a one-day (half-day?) workshop with lunch provided by the college, probably early Fall. I will talk to Donna next week and we will begin planning. And we will keep you posted. Thank you so very much for your encouragement: spending time with me over the last two days (and in our phone conversations) to discuss our goals and introducing me to so many colleagues at other colleges will prove to be invaluable. And I so appreciate the materials that you gave to me. I’ve already spent time reviewing these books/guides. We can certainly add these to our service learning library to guide us in building our program, as well as our faculty in creating their own courses. You call us all your “champions;” however, with you as our champion anything is possible!?
Dr. Caryn McTighe Musil, Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democracy Initiatives, Association of American Colleges and Universities
May 19, 2015: ?Wow you do great work. We will post on our civic learning listserv. Congrats. Caryn?
July 7, 2015: ?Sounds like a forward looking conference, Mani. I will be sure to circulate on our lists this week. Best, Caryn?