Happy Thanksgiving from Presence

This time of year reminds us to be thankful for experiences and moments in our lives. We can carve out time to catch up with friends and family, or take needed time for ourselves while we begin to wrap up 2015.

3 things to be thankful for in student affairs:

  1. The opportunity to have conversations and connect with colleagues via #sachat
  2. Graduate students with strong work ethics while on their quest for knowledge
  3. Educating others about the importance of creating inclusive environments

Before we begin the hunt for stretchy pants in preparation for our Thanksgiving 2015 food coma, the Check I’m Here team would like to take this opportunity to share what we’re grateful for!

“I’m thankful for amazing team members and customers with the passion and dedication to solving some of the toughest problems in higher education. I’m also thankful we get to serve such an amazing industry that’s focused on providing the conversations and solutions for basic human rights and inclusivity. Finally, I’m thankful for the opportunities and challenges I’ve had, from my family, friends, local community, schools, work, numbers that add up to the same thing every time, and everyone reading this right now. THANK YOU!“

Reuben Pressman, CEO & Founder

“This year I’m thankful for the excitement and fulfillment I get every day working with a kick-ass team building a kick-ass company, and being supported endlessly through it all by my loving partner Laura.“

Andy Gould, Director of Campus Development

“I’m thankful for my supportive coworkers, amazing new friends, and living in such an awesome new city.“

Mike Janofsky, Happiness Expert

“I consider myself very fortunate to wake up every morning and come to work with some of the most caring and supportive team members I could ask for, but I would have to say I’m most thankful for the support and love my family and friends have shown me through good and bad times.“

Anthony Freese, Director of Marketing

“I’m thankful to work with a team that feels like family, being an aunt to my niece and nephew, coffee and cats.“

Kayley Robsham, Community Engagement Manager

“I am thankful for the unqualified opportunities life has granted me, made possible by the path forged in blood, sweat, and tears of those who came before us.“

Christian Haas, Engagement Specialist

“I’m thankful for my amazing nieces and nephew and excited for the new addition to my family, along with great friends whom I continue to celebrate friendsgiving. And the usual health, happiness, family, my border collie Finn and takeout Chinese food.”

Jazmarie Sanchez, Campus Outreach Coordinator

“I’m thankful for a loving family, cute dog & awesome co-workers. And also for the resilient and determined folks I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside with as we make our communities more inclusive for diverse identities!“

Lindsay Murdock, Campus Outreach Coordinator

“I’m thankful for our new platform release and Mike Janofsky. “

Alan Devos, Lead Developer

“I’m thankful for all ten fingers so that I may count my blessings, continue to write code, play video games, and make music.“  

Matt Taylor, Developer

Whether it’s spending time with family or with a cat, we wish you a safe turkey day! We’re thankful for all of you who’ve made Presence possible in the past few years.

What are you thankful for this year? What are you thankful for in student affairs? Tweet us @CheckImHere with the hashtag #SAthankful.

Kayley Robsham

About the author: Kayley Robsham is the former Community Engagement Manager at Presence, the complete student engagement platform. Learn how we can help get your students involved.

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