I find myself imagining the walk I would have taken through campus tomorrow if we were all returning from break: a spin through the NAC to check on our students; a visit with the professors in Noble who always ask me heady questions; and a quick sneak peek of a student performance. Later in the day, I would have dropped in a lab to see students conducting experiments and passed through Skyhawk Station.
I have also been thinking a great deal about how hard all of you have been working and the work ahead. Faculty using their skills to create high-quality learning experiences for our students to close out the semester. Staff supporting the technological, emotional, financial, and social needs of our students. Everyone leaning in to help during a difficult and shifting situation.
For the work you have done and the work you will do, I want to thank you and share my deep appreciation. Your lives have changed and you’ve responded in amazing ways.
When we emerge – and we will – the world will be different. The next months will not be easy. There is a great deal that we don’t know (about the virus, about the economy, about the impact on our students) but I will work hard to keep you informed, seek your advice, and support you as best as I can. We will get through this.
I can’t wait for the first day of classes after COVID-19. And that campus walk. Until then, stay safe and practice social distancing. Don’t leave your houses unless you have to and encourage your students to do the same. Thank you for all you are doing.