Orange Alert

Message from Dean Ruhlandt

Posted on: March 13, 2020

Dear students,

As we head into spring break and a period of remote instruction, I want to acknowledge the uncertainty that we collectively face —and offer you some reassurance.

I know that travel restrictions, separation, cancelled plans, and worry for our own health and that of loved ones are causing frustration and stress for many.  As we weather these realities together, one thing you should know for sure is that A&S has your wellbeing and continued progress top of mind. 

Be assured that faculty are hard at work converting classroom lessons for online delivery. Obviously, it is less than ideal to change instructional modalities mid-semester, but this is what COVID-19 demands of us. The speed at which we are compelled to make this unexpected switch won’t come without a few bumps, so I ask you to be a little patient and compassionate as faculty smooth out potential kinks. Just remember that the ultimate goal is to keep you and your family safe while still assuring that your education continues.  All else will fall into place.

The team in our Office of Undergraduate Academic and Career Advising is also preparing to support you in multiple ways. I urge you to watch for emails, as that is the official way we will contact you with news about academic resources. Of course, you are also encouraged to stay in close contact with your advisor to make sure that all of your questions are answered and that your progress advances smoothly during this time.

In closing, I ask you to take care of yourself over the next few weeks, and don’t hesitate to lean on friends, family, faculty and staff for support. You are part of a caring and resourceful community who wants the best for you and the world!


Dean Karin Ruhlandt