Dear Ohlone College Community,
Before our campus prepares for a brief winter break, I wanted to take a moment to wish you a happy holiday season and new year filled with warmth, light and love. Whatever your personal beliefs, this is a special time of year for many. It’s an opportunity to take pause out of our busy lives and reflect on the year that is about to end and a new one that holds much promise.
For many other Christians around the world, Christmas on Dec. 25 is a time to celebrate the miraculous birth of Jesus. To our Christian community, Merry Christmas!
From Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, many African-Americans rejoice in Kwanzaa, a celebration to commemorate African heritage, culture and traditions. To all of you, I’m wishing you the most beautiful fruits of the harvest this Kwanzaa.
For others, this time of year simply signifies a slowing down of the day-to-day, and an opportunity to cherish quality time with our loved ones and be reminded of our precious blessings for which to be extraordinarily grateful.
Let us not forget those who are most vulnerable in our community during the holidays. The holidays can be very difficult for many reasons, including loss of loved ones, loneliness, financial strains and mental health challenges. Our country, and the world, has suffered much loss and sadness in the past couple of years due to COVID-19. To those who may be suffering, I wish you peace and joy. I encourage you to reach out to someone in the midst of your pain – the human connection has the power to heal and bring hope in times of despair.
As a reminder, Ohlone College will be closed for winter break from Dec. 24, 2021, through Jan. 3, 2022. COVID-19 precautions have unfortunately become somewhat of a norm in our lives over the past couple of years, and we ask that you continue to take precautionary measures to stay healthy and safe throughout the break and upon your return to campus.
From my home to yours, I’m wishing you and your families an abundance of peace, joy and good health this holiday season.
Eric B. Bishop, Ed.D.
Superintendent/President Ohlone Community College District