Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Perhaps three times a week, I manage to get into the Flamingo and order myself a soy latte (and depending on time of day, sometimes a decaf one). On a typical visit there will be five or six people there, which is a very comfortable number for the space. William Campbell (our senior, not the head of FORMA) might be finishing a puzzle, Colin Taylor will normally be trying to write an assignment on his laptop, and perhaps Margie Baker might be there with her children James and Eden. It is an important place of relaxation and socializing.

In today's commentary, I would like to honor the managerial team of the Flamingo. Anna Broadbent and Michaelene Miller have served as our baristas for the academic year 2017-2018. This was the first year without the presence of the Rev. Alyse Viggiano (the founder). And they took the responsibility seriously. The coffee was still good. The tradition of providing a space for important conversations continued. The feel of the place remained strong and intimate. They have done outstanding work. Thank you Anna and Michaelene. 

A new team is in place. Josh Barrett is the program manager; Brooks Boylan is the inventory manager; and Ashley Mather is the staff manager. They are taking over from Anna and Michaelene. I am confident that they will keep the great traditions of the Flamingo going. I am grateful that they have stepped forward to play this important role.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President
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