Greetings, Shocker family! This year has flown by, and we’re already looking toward the holiday season. I want to thank you all for your hard work and dedication to Wichita State University. As a token of my appreciation, I’m happy to make the following announcements to our hardworking faculty and staff: First, the university will be giving all benefits-eligible faculty and staff members, with the exception of the President’s Executive Team, a $500 bonus with their paycheck on Nov. 12. Second, WSU is providing benefits-eligible employees two personal days away from work during the upcoming campus shutdown. Employees will not have to use accrued leave and may take these days between Dec. 18 and Jan. 2. It’s my hope that you’ll use the monetary bonus and the extra paid days off to make the end of 2021 a little bit brighter. And finally, I’d like to invite all of you to the Wichita State 2021 Winter Party. Please join me from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8 in the RSC Beggs Ballroom. We’ll have a winter wonderland full of foods from around the world, beverages, Shocker pride, and festive spirits. I hope to see you all there! Again, thank you so much for all you’ve done this year. Your dedication to our students and our university has been sincerely appreciated and valued, and I look forward to another year with Shocker Nation. Go Shockers!