As a beginner ASL student, I have out of necessity recently learned the sign for "busy". This is certainly a very busy time of year for all of us with the start of the new academic quarter and the holiday season fast upon us. As we wrap up 2009, I encourage you to take a moment to reflect upon the progress that we have made in Academic Affairs this past year. Ambitious goals were set that would not have materialized without the contribution of every member of the Academic Affairs team. I thank you for your work and support. May each of you enjoy a bright and happy holiday.