Johns Hopkins University students took time Monday to show their appreciation to the staff members whose work through a historic winter storm this past weekend ensured students were safe, warm, fed, and otherwise taken care of.
The storm dropped about 30 inches of snow across the region from Friday night through Saturday evening. The 29.2 inches measured at BWI airport were the most from in a three-day span since record-keeping began in 1883. At JHU's Homewood campus, staff members worked around the clock to make sure walkways remained clear, dining facilities remained operational, and students remained safe.
Monday afternoon's event, dubbed "30 Minutes of Thanks," was an opportunity for students to thank those staff members, many of whom had not been home since the storm began late Friday. About 250 students took part in the effort, which was organized by JHU's Student Government Association.
"It was amazing to see all the staff members that have been working so hard to help keep this school in running order during the blizzard and to let them know how appreciative we all were for everything that they had done for us," said first-year student Jennifer Baron, a freshman class senator on SGA.
Students signed posters, handed out candy, and distributed Thank You cards that read:
Thank you for everything you've done on campus these past few days! We students truly appreciate all the time and effort you've dedicated to keeping us safe.
Love and thanks,
The JHU Student Body
They also gathered outside the Milton S. Eisenhower Library to personally thank those who staffed the residence halls. Baron and another SGA member, sophomore class president Anna Du, event recruited Joanne Rosen—the wife of JHU President Ronald J. Daniels, who is out of town on university business—to take part in the event.
All told, Baron said, students were able to personally thank 116 staff members.