On Monday I received a plaque from my colleague and dear friend, Vice President Royster Harper, which reads, “Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.” Little did she know how true and how relevant the statement would be for the challenging times in which we live. The national election is over. It is now time for all of us to come together as one people. My hope is that we will use this as a catalyst to focus on those things that can unite rather than divide us. One of those is our commitment to the University and to our core values of collaboration and respect which are demonstrated by B&F staff every day.