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Update from Provost Oliver (3/26/20)

Thursday March 26, 2020 8:40 am

Dear Faculty,

We have successfully completed two technical trial days as well as our four non-instructional days for preparation. We are now back teaching and working virtually. I appreciate the tremendous amount of effort you are pouring into your work each day in a world with so many unknowns.  

Thank you for the patience you are showing to each other and with the students. We hear comments of praise from faculty about how their students are working under such very challenging circumstances and praise from students about how their faculty are really helping them. I want also to thank the Faculty Development Center, Online Education & Training, Academic Technology Center, and our IT folks who have worked tirelessly to help us all get the right equipment and to problem solve.

We are urging our students to keep learning and persevering just as we are asking faculty to keep teaching. I want to encourage you to please communicate as often as you can with your students and to post the assignments as early as possible. 

As I hear about what you are doing, I am inspired and humbled. You are innovative and strong and working together. There are no words to adequately say how grateful I am for you.

Take care,

Pamella H. Oliver, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs