Welcome to 2020, everyone! Here at SML, January is the time to write grant proposals, recruit and enroll students, plan facilities projects, line up summer events, and other “get ready for the upcoming season” activities.
You invigorated this work through your generous year-end giving. We exceeded our 2019 fundraising goals and we could not be more grateful for your support! You will read about a couple of donors who recently stepped up in a major way to provide SML scholarships. We are so grateful to have such a deep and devoted bench of supporters!
You enable everything we do here and we are working hard to translate your support into life-changing experiences for our students and everyone who will step foot on Appledore Island this summer.
We are currently booking speakers to inspire students with their work (research, conservation, sustainability) and give them career support as well as professional contacts (this is just one way we build the valuable SML network!). Do you have any contacts who would be fantastic speakers for our weekly seminars? Let me know. Speaking of networks, your network is in full swing as we build the SML Alumni and Friends Association. Please save the dates to join your fellow Shoalers on Appledore over Labor Day weekend 2020 for the annual Alumni and Friends Weekend!
Finally, check out Jess Veo’s story of how SML influenced her career track and goals. She is a classic example of how SML changes lives and inspires people to work towards a more sustainable future for our world’s oceans. Thanks for all you do Jess, and all the SML alumni and friends out there!