A Time to Laugh and a Time to Mourn

Dear Current Students, Faculty, and Staff of the Shorter University School of Fine and Performing Arts:

We will be hosting a “closure” ceremony for you this Thursday, 7:00 p.m., at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church here in Rome. It is right across the street from First Baptist, but please enter through the red side doors across from the parking garage on 1st Street. Whether you are staying, going, or have not yet decided, this event is for YOU, the students of Shorter’s fine arts division.

Psychologist Dr. D’Ann Downey will be facilitating our event. She asks that you please bring a pen or pencil with you and be prepared to talk about the following major topics:

RESENTMENTS – what do you most resent about the traumatic events of this 2011-12 school year at Shorter?

REGRETS – what do you most regret about what has happened here and its aftermath?

APPRECIATIONS – what do you most appreciate about your time at Shorter? No matter how long you’ve been here, something has changed you “for the better.” What is that?

If you have meaningful, poignant pix of your time here, please send them digitally to Sarah Justus at sarah.justus@hawks.shorter.edu. She is compiling a powerpoint presentation for us. We especially want photos from the current juniors and seniors.

Lastly, I would like to coordinate some homemade baked goods to share. If you are interested in committing to this important ministry of hospitality, please let me know!

Thank you, and we love you all so much! Please spread the word to everyone–we don’t want you to leave without getting a chance to speak your mind in a safe and loving forum.

Sherri Weiler

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