Where you are

Where you are

May 17
Kendra Courson, Director for Special Events
  

As an event planner, last night’s ACES In PLACES alumni event was as close to perfect as any event of which I have assisted in planning. The evening actually made me think of this quote: "Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect. Because we are so tied to what we think should be happening, or what we want to be happening, we don’t see what is happening.”

As a planner, I worried incessantly about the weather forecast since it was an outdoor event.  Despite the chance of thunderstorms, the evening was gorgeous…perfect even. And, as I sat at a back table with my mother, a dear family friend, two lovely alumni, my supervisor and colleague, and my student intern, I looked around and realized how blessed I have been to be a part of the College of ACES…as a student, alumni and now staff member. The people at my table were a huge part of my road to and through ACES. I had a mother and father who put me through the College of ACES 20 years ago, a friend who has supported me from then until now, a boss who is instrumental in how I do my work each day, a colleague who I treasure, and a student worker of which I could not be more proud. Sometimes nights that you expect to be second best, turn out to be better than you could ever imagine. Looking around my table and around the tent, listening to the speakers, and watching alumni reconnecting, it was one of those rare moments when you can stop and just be thankful for where you are.

Jackie Watson (BS ‘78 Home Ec), Gloria Kietzman, First Lady Cheryl Easter and Kendra Kietzman Courson (BS ’94 Agricultural Communications).
From l to r: Jackie Watson (BS ‘78 Home Ec), Gloria Kietzman, First Lady Cheryl Easter, and Kendra Kietzman Courson (BS ’94 Agricultural Communications). Photo by Karyl Wackerlin Photography.