Our continuing education programs are an important part of our offerings. My wife, Lesley Markham, decided to take the class "That's What She Said..." Biblical Characters in Culture and Art. It is an impressive teaching team: the Rev. Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams, Peggy Parker (MFA), Lisa Smith (MTS), Dr. Kathy Staudt and the Rev. Dr. Bill Roberts. It is such a fabulous idea for a course. One learns about Scripture and one learns about poetry, music, and art. Given the all embracing of the religious in our cultural heritage, it is just the best possible way of developing an appreciation for these areas.
Ms. Diane Wright is the coordinator of these programs. It is hard work to create imaginative programming, which will generate interest. The offerings this fall have been good. I am grateful for all her work. She is one of many dedicated staff members who commit to excellence at VTS.
Finally, the staff at VTS are very much on my mind. I enjoyed the Staff Meeting yesterday. However, please let me correct the record in one crucial way: I am confident our library staff will do very well in the pedometer challenge. It is a large library; they work hard. And I should not have implied otherwise. Sorry.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President