As we approach the close of the semester, there are several reasons to be thankful for and grateful to our faculty and staff who have made a difference for our students in the most challenging of times. So, a big thanks to all for:
- putting our students at the center of your work this semester, I know they saw this and are so thankful to you in turn
- appreciating students’ efforts and sacrifices and all they gave up, especially our first-year students, to be here
- striving to offer excellent learning experiences, in all modalities, for students in your classroom and for those learning from home
- showing flexibility and care at a time when our students needed it the most
- supporting each other, and sharing your expertise, ideas, and ways to move forward
This year has presented all of us with enormous challenges to overcome. Thank you for rising to these challenges.
Here is some important information that I hope will be helpful to you.
- With community spread now affecting most areas of Vermont, the decision was made to go to Research Activity Level 4 (Orange) across all UVM research facilities effective Tuesday, November 24 at 5:00 p.m. You can review the approved activities here. Information on the activity level rationale and the context around the decision process can be found here, along with the current activity level.
- A new modality change request form has been created to simplify the process for modality change requests. Faculty should use the form for all requests to change a course section modality for spring 2021, regardless of reason. The form will go to the Provost’s Office and the designated Chair and Dean. Please refer to the November 24 email memo from Vice Provost Vigoreaux, also found here.
- You can find a memo offering guidance regarding winter and spring 2021 internships here. Please note that this guidance is separate from processes in place regarding clinical and practicum experiences, including those issued earlier this fall semester by the Faculty and Academic Affairs working group of UVMStrong. For specific questions regarding this guidance, please contact Vice Provost J. Dickinson for undergraduate students, and Dean Cindy Forehand for graduate students.
- The request form for spring 2021 classroom producers closes on November 30. Classroom producers are available for both REMOTE and MIXED modality courses. Faculty who used classroom producers in the fall found them to be helpful in managing students for synchronous meetings, and for managing technology in classroom spaces for mixed or synchronous remote instruction. If you are interested in having a classroom producer in your course this spring, you should fill out this form by 5:00 p.m. on November 30.
- New to classroom technology, or simply need a refresher? We are happy to schedule a classroom tour with one of our tech professionals. If you’re interested, e-mail Jim.Vigoreaux@uvm.edu with the subject line: classroom tour.
- I hope you will be enjoying Thanksgiving at home this year. A reminder that if you do travel outside of Vermont, you must abide by all Vermont quarantine restrictions upon your return. If you host any guests during the holidays, they must abide by these restrictions as well. Please also see the Travel Requirements Update issued November 12.
- Testing for faculty, staff, and students will be available at the COVID-19 Information and Service Center located in the Davis Center throughout our move to remote instruction and during December and January. Continue to schedule your test using CoVerified. The hours of the Testing Center have been adjusted and are available here.
- You can find detailed information on COVID-19 tests administered and results on the Weekly Testing Report. Last week’s student test results included 26 off-campus positives and five on-campus positives out of 10,902 tests. Last week’s faculty and staff test results included five positives out of 1,193 tests.
As you gather around your Thanksgiving table this week, take a moment to toast your accomplishments and experience the gratitude we should all feel in our lives especially at this time of Thanksgiving. Remember, gratitude is the memory of the heart (Jean Baptiste Massieue).
Best wishes for a restful and relaxing Thanksgiving break.
Patricia A. Prelock
Provost and Senior Vice President
The University of Vermont