I am writing to let everyone know that the English, Linguistics and Communication Department will no longer be collecting canned food in our annual “Can do City” effort for the Fredericksburg Food Bank.
Although, under the impetus of Connie Smith, students, faculty and staff have previously donated significant amounts of food to this charity, theft of the canned goods from the lobby of Combs has now made this a wasted effort.
I cannot express how extremely disappointed I am, and how much I empathize with Professor Smith’s distress over this situation. I hope that whoever has taken the food realizes what he or she has accomplished: the loss of faith in the good will of our community.
Teresa A. Kennedy is a Professor of English and the Chair of English, Linguistics and Communication.