As the end of the semester nears, I wish you stamina and good luck in finishing your classes and wrapping up other academic commitments before the winter break.
This year has brought stresses and shocks of many kinds — most recently, the tragic loss of community members in the Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire. I am grateful for the variety of mental health and counseling tips and resources that our campus offers to students, faculty, and staff.
Over the break, be sure to take time to relax, catch up on sleep, have fun and connect with friends and family members. This always helps us bring renewed energy and focus to the next semester. But this year it’s more important than ever.
Although I know that many of you have ongoing academic and personal responsibilities over the coming month, I encourage you to take advantage of the slower schedule to take good – or even better — care of yourself, and your families and friends.
My very best wishes for the holidays and 2017.
Fiona M. Doyle
Dean of the Graduate Division
Donald H. McLaughlin Professor of Mineral Engineering