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December 22, 2020

Dear Division of Business and Finance Colleagues,

I am so thankful for your extraordinary efforts this year. To say that it has been a challenging year would be an understatement. We’ve faced challenges as individuals, in our families and communities, at work, at home, and within the University.

The grit and determination you have all shown this year truly exemplifies that we, as ‘Canes, can get through anything together.

‘Canes truly do care for ‘Canes.

We could have never guessed what 2020 would bring. We’ve been tested, tried, and stretched. We’ve faced challenges we never could have imagined. But together, we turned those challenges into opportunities.

We adapted. We became more efficient and we supported the University we love together.

You worked tirelessly and quickly to support the successful transition to remote work, teaching, and learning; to support financial mitigation efforts; to create virtual professional engagement opportunities; and to facilitate a safe campus reopening for the fall semester.

In true 'Canes spirit, we made great strides in the face of adversity and delivered a successful and safe experience for our students during the fall semester and we’ll do it again in the spring!

I continue to be inspired by your resiliency and unwavering commitment, and I am truly in awe of how much we accomplished despite the overwhelming challenges we faced this year.

As President Frenk said in his last message, “we are at the beginning of the end” of the pandemic, and that means 2021 can only be better. I know that we’ll continue to work hard and give it all we’ve got, as true ‘Canes do.

As the new year approaches, take some time to rest, relax, and recharge. Now, more than ever, we know how important it is to be grateful for every moment we have.

I wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy, and joyful holiday season!


Jacqueline A. Travisano, Ed.D.
Executive Vice President for Business and Finance & Chief Operating Officer