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Message from Dean Randolph to Faculty and Staff - March 23, 2020

A message from Dean Adrian Randolph to Weinberg College Faculty and Staff on March 23, 2020.

Below is a summary of the message:

I want to offer a heartfelt “thank you” to all faculty members and staff in the Weinberg College community.

These are trying times. I and my colleagues in the Dean’s Office have heard from many of you about difficulties you are facing, as well as the moments of gratitude amidst chaos. We have also heard many concerns for the future. Please know that we want to hear from you, so that we can best help in a moment of global and local crisis. Obviously, our actions cannot address all the difficulties we as a society now face, but our hope is that we can assist you when possible.

Looking ahead, we face obvious challenges. Given school closures and the curtailment of services, this means some among us are hit particularly hard while trying to balance work and family obligations. Know you are not alone, and that we are thinking hard about how best to help.

As the Spring Quarter approaches, we will be focusing our attention and resources on how to prepare for remote learning across the College. If you feel unsure about using Canvas, Zoom, or other such platforms as we move to remote instruction, be assured that Weinberg IT, along with NUIT and others, are seeking to provide a strong digital foundation on which to build. We are also exploring creative ways to ensure there is sufficient support so we can respond effectively to the problems we will, no doubt, encounter along the way.

As you consider these challenging transitions, please remember the core of what we do, which has evolved and survived over centuries: we discover new knowledge and prepare our students, with intellectual rigor, to contribute meaningfully to the greater good.

For now, while there are myriad issues I could discuss, I’ll just end by saying that I dearly hope that you, your families, and indeed all your loved ones remain safe in these unsettling times. And know that we will remain in touch, sending out emails on particular topics to particular segments of the community.

Be well and stay in touch.

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