As autumn draws to its close and Thanksgiving approaches, I am reminded that this quintessential American holiday evokes “thanks” and “giving” – sharing our bounty and gratitude with family and community and friends.
I am grateful for my family, for UB, and for new friends from Goodwin University and Paier College of Art. The UB community has worked hard this semester to fulfill ordinary duties, and teams are preparing transitions to our new academic model, all while combatting the threat of COVID-19. Now, we come to a time for finishing the semester’s tasks and taking the holiday break we all deserve.
Traveling will make keeping each other safe from the virus more difficult. Be vigilant in observing safety protocols. I encourage you to resist attending large gatherings and ignoring quarantine rules. I also would like to remind that for some the holiday season can be one of isolation and anxiety. Reach out to your fellow students and family members who may be unable to join in celebration. Physical distance does not require social isolation, and we can keep each other close in other ways—text, social media, and the ever-present Zoom.
I want to thank all of you again for being part of the UB family. I encourage you to finish the semester strong. Remember that after Thanksgiving weekend students will not return to campus. All regular semester courses will continue online, through distance-learning technology, through the last day of class, December 4. Final Examination week, December 7-11, will also be conducted online.
Let’s have a safe holiday and be thankful for the journey we are on together.