The blizzard that hit Sioux City and surrounding communities on Jan. 21 and 22 reinforced my positive opinion about the character of Siouxland residents. What happened on the Morningside College campus Jan. 22 is indicative of many unselfish acts that I am confident took place repeatedly during the storm.

Even though Morningside offices were closed and classes canceled, 32 employees from our maintenance department and Sodexo (our student food service provider) braved the brutal weather to ensure that necessary services would continue for more than 700 Morningside students who live on campus. Maintenance staff worked tirelessly to keep sidewalks passable so students could get to and from our main dining hall. Sodexo staff left their homes and families to prepare and serve hot meals regularly throughout the day for students. After the snow and wind subsided, maintenance staff cleared parking lots to accommodate faculty, staff and commuting students who would return to campus when we reopened the next day.

My thanks to those dedicated employees who put the welfare of our students ahead of their own comfort and convenience. But as I have observed on many occasions, that’s what Siouxlanders do when friends and neighbors need help. - John Reynders, president, Morningside College

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