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Photo of Tim and Denise Cross It seems appropriate to wrap up this final 2017 issue of Common Ground by thanking you for a great year and wishing you the best for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season. Time with family and friends is one of those blessings we sometimes overlook. Denise and I hope you can take some extra time to enjoy fellowship, eat, and celebrate with those who are most important to you. There's nothing like a little rest and relaxation to restore the soul.

If you're a UTIA employee, take this opportunity to rest up for what I anticipate to be a really exciting 2018 ahead of us. For all of us connected to UTIA—our employees, students, patients, and stakeholders—year-end is a great time to reflect upon how to improve our lives in the coming twelve months. Whether it's setting new personal or professional goals, committing to changes that benefit our families, focusing on our careers, or serving our communities, it's exciting to plan for the future. I hope that the Institute can help you to achieve your 2018 goals by providing you Real. Life. Solutions.

As we close the year, I'd like to highlight three recent developments in which we can take pride. First, our Tennessee 4-H Skillathon Team won the National Skillathon Contest in November. Successful Farming recognized UT Extension Moore County director Larry Moorehead as one of ten top Extension agents in the nation. Finally, through the UT social media campaign Big Orange Give, our employees, students, and friends made contributions that far exceeded the goals set for CASNR and UTCVM. Their gifts of support crown an excellent year for UTIA Advancement and will benefit our students and programs in 2018 and well beyond.

From my family to yours, Happy Holidays ahead.
Tim Cross
P.S. Be sure to follow me and the latest Institute developments on Twitter at @UTIAChancellor.

Common Ground is published monthly by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Send comments and suggestions to commonground@tennessee.edu. The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

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