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Sharing words of gratitude

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and gratitude. Our readers responded to a callout asking about what you’re grateful for. Here are some of the replies we received:

“I am thankful for amazingly talented data collectors and other temporary staff working in support of research studies for IU researchers.” — Karen Tucker, manager of field operations and senior study director, IU Bloomington

“I am thankful to work at an institution that values their employees and offers the opportunity to have work/life balance, and I am grateful to work in a supportive department where co-workers truly care for each other.” — Casey Roell, vice chair of finance and administration, IUPUI

“My lovely wife and our healthy new baby boy!”— Shawn, laboratory technician, IUPUI

“I am thankful to have a reliable vehicle to drive to work in and to have a job.” — Allison Kreeger, clinic coordinator, IU Dental School

“I am thankful for the people that have mentored and set me onto a successful trajectory, from the first-grade teacher, Mrs. Flowers, who taught me English as an immigrant to Indiana from Puerto Rico outside of the school day. I’m also thankful to my high school guidance counselor, who showed me that college was a goal by introducing me to the Groups Program at Bloomington, to my Groups Program mentor and friend, the late Michael V.W. Gordon, who instilled confidence and included me in his family and gave me a life. Without these people in my life, I would not have made it to where I am today.” — Jose Rivera Espada, director of IU School of Medicine Student Financial Services

“This year I am thankful for the connections that have developed and the support system that I have found myself to have in my work, academic and personal life. My partner, parent, grandparents and friends have helped me stay on track, and I could never thank them enough!” — Conner Miles Sturgeon, graduate supervisor for Residential Programs and Services, IU Bloomington

“I’m so thankful to be part of this great university and to be working to impact lives every day. I’m especially thankful and proud that my daughter is also an IU student!” — Rob Clendening, executive director of marketing and communications, Kelley School of Business in Bloomington

“I am so thankful for the COVID-19 vaccine so we could resume meeting with family and friends, entertaining and traveling. We have a lot of plans in the coming months to gather with family and friends, and I am beyond excited!” — Linda Ramey-Greiwe, IU Studios brand marketing leader, IUPUI

“I am most thankful for precious time with my dear husband, fantastic sons and daughter-in-laws, my beautiful granddaughter, mom and friends. I appreciate and am thankful for my job and the opportunity to continue to work at IU Southeast for over 32 years! I am also so thankful for Jesus and his many blessings every day.” — Angie Clark, accounting assistant, IU Southeast

“I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of this incredible community.” — Jackie Cooper, senior acquisitions assistant, Ruth Lilly Law Library in Indianapolis

“I am thankful for my close friends. They have become the greatest support system I could ask for.” — Jasper Redman, career mentor, IU Kokomo

“I’m thankful for my amazing fiancé, Tony, and being able to spend the rest of my life with him.” — McKenzi Sidor, administrative assistant, IUPUI

“Thankful for the being alive and fulfilling my longtime dream of studying at IU.” — Abolade Olatunji, Musical Arts Center usher, IU Bloomington

“I am thankful for my amazing friends here at IUPUI and IUB, my family for all they do and the love we share, and I am especially thankful for IU for giving me the opportunity to be both a student and employee at IUPUI!” — Mayowa A., contact tracer, IUPUI

“I’m thankful that IU has been so focused on following science during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for vaccinating us, masking us and keeping all of us as safe as possible!” — Kori Renn, director of Student Services, Kelley School of Business in Bloomington

“I count my blessings that I have: people (and a dog) that I love and trust, a warm house filled with food and clothes, enrichment from a job that feels rewarding and the faith to carry on.” — Richie Matthews, research assistant, IU Northwest

“I am most thankful for my family, but also very thankful that I was offered a job at IUPUI. This is the end of my first week, and it has been nothing short of amazing!” — Shelli Reed, administrative assistant for Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, IUPUI

“I am thankful for joining an amazing work team this year; they are some of my favorite people to be around and have shown me the values I will always look for in a company!” — Pauline Madrieres, Student Health Center social media coordinator, IU Bloomington

“I am grateful for the University Advancement and External Affairs team at IU Northwest. My colleagues are hard workers and great team members! Thank you for all that you do!” — Jeri Pat Gabbert, vice chancellor for university advancement and external affairs, IU Northwest

“I am thankful for the resiliency and fortitude of my co-workers at the IU Libraries.” — Christine Wagner, administrative assistant, IU Bloomington