Greeting from Union Staff
It's my privilege to offer words of greeting to all of you, and to our president, Kim Bottomly, on behalf of Wellesley College's 2 unions; the Campus Police Union and the Maintenance and Service Employees Union. The people I represent, keep our campus safe, clean, beautiful and running smoothly. We are police officers, landscapers, electricians, custodians, plumbers and food service workers. We are carpenters, metal mechanics and painters.
In Kim Bottomly, Wellesley College has a president who is warm, engaging, and accomplished. Her life story is that of a person who began with natural gifts, and who studied hard and worked hard. It's the story of a person who consistently found ways to use her gifts for the betterment of science, society and those people fortunate enough to be around her. Kim is a superb role model and leader.
As a young girl, in the rural outskirts of Helena, Montana, Kim performed science experiments in the basement of her home. As the years passed by, she continued conducting experiments, albeit more formally, and usually in a laboratory setting..... but not always. In an article that appeared in the University of Washington Alumnae Magazine, Kim said,
“My independent project investigated how crabs find food,” “Many of my experimental crabs had to live in the sink of my bathroom in the dormitory, a bathroom I shared with an aspiring lawyer. She probably wasn’t as excited about the results as I was.”
Speaking on behalf of my colleagues in the custodial and plumbing departments, I urge the Wellesley College students here today NOT to emulate the crabs in the bathroom sink episode of Kim's *otherwise* exemplary life.
Through her words and actions, Kim has demonstrated her understanding of the complexity of keeping Wellesley College operating smoothly, and she has explicitly expressed her appreciation of the people, whose dedication and efforts, make all of this possible.
An Ode to President Kim Bottomly
We're gathered here from far and wide,
A native of the Big Sky State,
In the basement of her rural home
This youthful, budding scientist,
At the University of Washington,
...then post doc work at the NIH,
They say Kim's a virtuoso
This prolific and thoughtful writer,
Then a bolt from the Blue, as in Wellesley,
Did our beautiful campus seal this deal,
Bucolic Wellesley has meadows and a lake.
To close, we're glad you chose Wellesley, Kim.
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Created: March 6, 2008
Last Modified: May 12, 2008
Expires: December 31, 2009