Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Any on-campus event truly embodies the phrase “it takes a village.” The eFormation 2018 Flagship Gathering on January 12th and 13th once again relied on the different pieces of the VTS system moving together to welcome the 80+ in-person participants to the refectory, Addison, guest housing, and more.
The Hospitality Team, including Jeffri Harre and Tayrn Habberly, were instrumental in scheduling, organizing, and coordinating Addison and other spaces. Many thanks to Santino Dut and the Sodexho helpers and their ability to flip, set-up and maintain all of our various rooms and day-of needs. Reggie Gravina and Nick Evancho (VTS ’18) were webinar rockstars, helping to bridge connect in-person and distance attendees. Benjamin Judd, Cassandra Gravina and the Merriwether-Godsey staff aided in keeping our attendees fueled; full stomachs allowed their brain cells to keep firing.
The Flamingo staff of Anna Broadbent (VTS ’18), Ashley Mather (VTS ’19), Kyle Mackey (VTS '18), Brian Bechtel (VTS '19) and Emily Colette Linton (VTS '20) provided caffeine and excellent space for conversation. In fine form, the Business and Communications Offices supported our financial end to allow us to put our best foot forward online and in-person, both essential to conferences!
Sarah Stonesifer, the VTS digital minister, is the center of all of this activity, while the eFormation learning community heartbeat and lifeblood is in the Lifelong Learning and CMT teams. Logistics, hands-on assignments and go-fer help thanks go to AnnaMarie Hoos (VTS ’19), Sarah Bentley Allred (VTS ’19), Chris Decatur (VTS ’20), Shayna Watson (Anglican Studies), Dorothy Linthicum, Matthew Kozlowski, Stacy Williams-Duncan, and Amy Dyer. Lisa Kimball continues to guide the vision of the eFormation community, pushing it to new possibilities. eFormation illustrates the power of people working together – and VTS is a wonderful and supportive place to do just that! 

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
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