Message from the Chancellor-COVID-19 March 18, 2020 3:10 p.m.

The latest about the coronavirus situation at TWU…and redbuds

Dear Texas Woman’s Community:

I hope this message finds you well amidst a growing number of reported COVID-19 cases in Texas, across the country, and around the world.

In these times, we often forget to “stop and smell the roses,” but as I crossed campus this morning on my way to the office, I took a moment to enjoy the emerging spring beauty around us. With everything in flux, some things never change: our redbuds are as beautiful as ever! Our Health and Wellbeing Initiative also offers timely and thoughtful posts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Redbud blooms

Measures to curb the impact of the novel coronavirus on our communities continue to increase. I am extraordinarily proud and appreciative of all that faculty and staff are doing to help our students succeed this semester all the while also addressing their own challenges. I am also grateful to hear the stories of patience and understanding from our students.

As I listen and engage during our emergency management meetings each morning—on Google Meet—I recognize the challenges faced by our students, especially those in our arts programs, labs, and field-based experiences given the social distance recommendations by local and national authorities. Many of these programs have significant barriers to overcome. Some of the methods I have heard used are as simple as videocall music lessons and as innovative as projects started by Sam Flippin, our orchestra director. He has invited string players to join a virtual orchestra!

As the adage goes: necessity is the mother of invention. I would love to hear the ways you are helping each other, your neighbors, and our communities despite the challenges we are all facing. Stay well! And, I look forward to connecting with you again tomorrow!

With Pioneer Pride,

Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D.
Chancellor and President

P.S. For the latest, see the TWU Coronavirus Page.

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