Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels delivered a message of gratitude to the Johns Hopkins community today and also unveiled the university's sixth annual "Thank You" video, which focuses on the relationship between Hopkins and Baltimore.
The video features Johns Hopkins groups, people, and programs helping in the community—including the Henderson Hopkins school in East Baltimore, Hopkins Habitat, the Student Outreach Resource Center, and Encore Music Program, among many others. The accompanying song, "Dear Johnny," was written, recorded, and produced by Andrew Remley, a Peabody alumnus.
The year-end "Thank You" video tradition began in 2009 as a way for President Daniels and the JHU community to thank everyone whose contributions, big and small, make the work at Johns Hopkins University possible.
The full text of Daniels' message is below:
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
Over the past year, I have found myself thinking time and again about the deep and abiding connection between Johns Hopkins and the city we call home.
Our university's commitment to Baltimore was essential to our founding mission and remains inextricably part of who we are.
As we celebrate with family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors, this season offers a chance to reflect on the year that's been—the difficulties and joys alike—and to look forward with optimism, gratitude, and anticipation to the promise of the new year.
As ever, I'm so grateful for your energy, creativity, and unwavering pursuit of discovery. I am especially proud and thankful for your willingness to share that energy and creativity with our city.
It is in that spirit that we created this year's thank you video. I hope you enjoy it.
Best wishes for a wonderful new year
Ronald J. Daniels
President, The Johns Hopkins University