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There are 10 comments on Unsung Heroes of the Pandemic

  1. Extremely thrilled to see that Professor Cassell was nominated–He is so underrated for the amazing teaching he unconditionally provided each and every day for this students. And he does it with compassion, generosity, care and heart. My son mentions that Mr. Cassell is his favorite teacher and that he is his hero every day. Congratulations Professor Cassell and THANK YOU!

  2. This is a wonderful tribute! Congratulations to Professor Dionne—my sister who I knew was destined to have an incredible impact on her students!! Wow! You go girl! Love your big sis, Kelley

    1. Kelley, Your sister is amazing! I am so happy that she joined us at Questrom to share her immense gifts with the students and her colleagues!

      1. I second that!! I co-taught a seminar at the law school with Professor Lomax last year, and the students raved about her. She is a talented teacher and really cares about her students. We are lucky to have her at BU.

  3. It was a great idea to give thanks to all of these folks. Thank you for the article and photos.
    I’ve been consistently impressed with and thankful for the work of Colleen McGinty, Gregg Snyder, and Bill Walter in the last year.
    I say a silent “thank you” once or twice a week to Kevin Gonzales and EVERYONE associated with the testing program. Of all the things that made staying at work during the pandemic bearable, it was the 100% dedication to health and safety exemplified by the testing program. Every person with whom I have interacted, from the first checkpoint, to the alphabet crew (booths A through F), the numbers gang (the testing booths behind the letters) to the last checkpoint reminding me to sanitize my hands (again) has been wonderful.
    I’ve never waited, I’ve never met an unhelpful person; I’ve never been treated with anything other than complete respect and, in most cases, genuine kindness. That kind of quality does not happen by accident. Other than the first week, I don’t think I’ve waited longer than 12 hours for test results, and in some cases, I’ve gotten them in six. This was world-class care and world-class service, and I will never forget the experience. Thank you!

  4. I wish I had sent in my nomination for the dispatch desk at Facilities Management. They have been working during the COVID Pandemic without missing one day (24 hour, 7 day) coverage. Some working double shifts to be sure the University is covered for any and all emergencies. Showing professionalism and caring nature to insure the seamless transition of students returning to the campus.

  5. Professor Cassell is definitely my hero as well. His actions embody generosity, gratefulness, partnership and joy. He is a lightbulb in a darkened hallway and his lessons of movement inspire each and every day. He went above and beyond to ensure that we connect to our humanity, our expressive colors and our potential even when the walls around us came caving in. He is the very essence of what it means to “BU”. Thank you for recommending him.

  6. Bravo to the amazing Professor Cassell who goes above and beyond each and every day. He exemplifies what it means to move with generosity, passion and rigorous discipline. What he has done for us this past year alone deserves all the accolades or more. I think he should be the Head of the Acting Department but his schedule does not allow for this as he makes himself available for everyone and we are the more grateful for it. Bravo!!

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