Over the years I’ve noticed that each season delivers a unique message, especially here in Minnesota. But no season is as abundant with messages as the Christmas season. I sense messages in the falling snow, see them in the holiday movies and hear them in songs and in good wishes shared between friends. With each passing year, these messages become even more bountiful and meaningful.

My message to you this season is one of gratitude. I want to thank all of those who contribute to the education of our students, who support the mission of the university and who enhance our efforts to make a meaningful, positive impact on the way business is practiced in our community and beyond.

The University of St. Thomas will be closed from December 21, 2013, until January 2, 2014, to allow our faculty, staff and students to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. On behalf of each of us at the Opus College of Business, I wish you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.

Christopher P. Puto, Ph.D. is Dean of the Opus College of Business