Welcome to Week 11 of the Spring 2020 semester. I hope you are all safe and well and ready to finish the second half of the semester successfully.
Many news items were released by the University last week while you were on Spring Break. It's a lot to absorb, so be sure to take some time today to read through all those messages carefully and to familiarize yourself with updated policies. For the very latest campus announcements, including important information about academic deadlines, see https://prepare.uni.edu/important-information-spring-2020-semester
Today does mark the resumption of classes, so make sure you "check in" and find out your professors' plans for the rest of the semester. As a set of general "best practices": read and respond to emails in a timely fashion, log in regularly to Blackboard, and follow directions about other means of connecting with your instructors and classmates. Since all Spring 2020 instruction needs now to be remote for safety and in complying with various guidelines, face-to-face interactions like meeting a professor on campus for office hours won't be an option moving forward. There are many other ways to connect, though, so reach out for assistance whenever you need it.
Even as we work to complete the Spring 2020 semester, academic registration for fall semester is approaching. HIST faculty are offering a number of fantastic courses for you to consider, both with the HIST prefix to meet major, minor, and certificate requirements and with the HUM prefix. Please check out the following pdf posters for potential courses of interest and schedule fit: History Courses and Humanities Courses. And if you haven't reached out to your academic advisor yet, now is an excellent time to send an email to set up a remote consultation.
The registration windows are as follows:
- March 30th Graduate & Seniors
- March 31st Seniors
- April 1st-3rd Juniors
- April 6th-9th Sophomores
- April 10th-15th Freshman & unclassified
Summer registration is also coming, so use the course search function to examine the revised online offerings for Summer 2020.
I'm actually starting this week just like you, working from home. I'm following best practices to halt the spread of COVID-19 by completing 14 days of self-isolation after recently traveling out of state for a professional obligation. I have a sense of how you may be feeling, resuming the work of the semester from a remote location. It's not where I wish I could be, nor the company I wish I could have, as I'd rather us be together in Seerley, talking about and studying History. But like you, I have a job that needs to be done, and I am getting down to it, as I know you will, too.
We're in this together, so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and to your faculty and academic advisors if you need any clarification, information, or assistance.
Take care, and be safe,