Congrats Skyhawks – we have an A going into midterms! However, we have just been handed some difficult assignments and final grades have not yet been determined.
Our hard work is paying off. Each day we come to campus for in-person learning is both a small victory to be celebrated and a reminder that we have to continue to be vigilant. It’s more important than ever that we continue to lead and role model for each other the pillars of mitigation that are working: mask wearing, distancing and avoiding socializing in groups, symptom tracking, and testing.
As I continue to interact with our community on campus and in class, I see students, faculty, and staff looking out for each other, wearing masks, and staying distanced. I’m proud of the commitment our campus has shown to keeping each other safe.
The Colorado Department of Higher Education featured Professional Advocate and Case Manager Kate Suazo and her team for their exemplary work in supporting students through the coronavirus pandemic this spring.
Walking across campus this week, I could not have been prouder of our students. You were ready to learn and made a commitment to the well-being of our community. Too often, college students have been portrayed as not taking COVID-19 seriously.
Recently, a parent of an incoming first-year student asked me, “So, why is Fort Lewis College opening?”
In just a week we’ll be starting our fall semester, and it will be like no other semester before. Given what our students have experienced in the last six months, I can think of no better place than Fort Lewis College to support healing and growth.
It’s hard to believe that we’re only four weeks from the first day of the fall semester! We are hard at work preparing campus for your arrival and can’t wait to see you again.
Our fall semester is just around the corner and I can’t wait to welcome everyone back to campus. While things won’t be exactly like last fall, with guidance from our public health officials and the leadership of our amazing Skyhawk community, I fully expect to provide you with an exceptional educational and co-curricular experience.
As Colorado and La Plata County move toward reopening businesses, much of the local public health guidance to prevent COVID-19 exposure remains unchanged.