We hope you are doing well. It seems like so long ago that many of us gathered in March for CLTP sessions prior to Babson moving to remote teaching for the remainder of the spring semester. We are happy that many of our students returned to campus for the fall 2020 semester and classes are being conducted both hybrid and online for students on campus and around the world.
For over 23 years, the Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork Program (CLTP) has been a part of the Babson journey that you have participated in as a coach, and possibly even as a student. The impact of your work in CLTP was transformative as we worked together to provide a world class program and learning experience for our students and coaches. With the ongoing revision of our Undergraduate curriculum, however, the college has made the decision to end CLTP.
Some of what we have done in CLTP with our developmental coaching model will continue to occur, in a different way, with an increased focus on peer coaching within the Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship course (FME). But the legacy of what you did through your dedication to CLTP and to coaching our students will never be forgotten. We continue to hear from current and former students about the difference your coaching made in their development and often the difference you made in their lives.
We also know how much the program has meant to so many of you and the community of coaches that CLTP formed. We are so grateful for the gift of coaching that you provided and we want to express our heartfelt acknowledgment and thanks of what you meant to Babson and to all of us who managed CLTP.
There are so many people to thank for our success in running CLTP. The Babson College Alumni Association was a great partner who supported us from the very beginning as did the Undergraduate Program Office at Babson with a special acknowledgment of Rob Major who supported CLTP from the first day of the program. We also want to thank Babson alum and CLTP coach, Amy Weil. As many of you know, Amy was a volunteer, informal spokesperson for the program and attended almost every CLTP program sitting at the check-in table and also provided the many gifts of appreciation that were given to all of our coaches throughout our long history. We want to give special mention to James Hunt, former CLTP Faculty Co-Director, who helped start and shape the program. We also want to thank the wonderful and dedicated CLTP faculty over the years including Jennifer Tosti-Kharas, Michele Kerrigan, Jeremy Hill, Kerry Gibson and Cathy Manning.
Our greatest appreciation, however, goes to all of you. As a volunteer your contributions and impact on Babson students have been immeasurable. We are very appreciative for all that you have done for the development of student learning at Babson. As reported by our faculty colleagues, reflection papers written by First Year students in their FME course provided tangible evidence of the learning that students experienced as a result of the developmental coaching that they received from you. Over the years, the CLTP competencies have been incorporated into many of our courses and have provided valuable learning for both our students and coaches.
We feel fortunate that we were able to work with such wonderful people who care about helping and improving the lives of others. We hope you will join us at our virtual celebration in the spring where Babson will recognize CLTP and the contributions you have made as coaches.
We will miss seeing you in Knight Auditorium where we gathered for so many years. Through rain, sleet, snow, viruses, championship sports events and traffic, you came to participate in the largest affinity group of volunteers at Babson for all these years. We thank you for all that you have done.