Spring Break and Coronavirus (March 6)

Dear Colleagues,

I hope this message finds you well as we head into spring break.

I know many of you feel various levels of anxiety about the uncertainties in this ever-evolving coronavirus situation. We each have varying degrees of vulnerability, and I am heartened at the mindfulness you have always shown to each other’s different challenges. I have seen community members asking others about the status of friends and family who were in affected regions, across the country and around the world. This is a time for empathy and understanding—and sharing your concerns and fears.

As we face whatever lies ahead, we are in this together. I have faith in the leadership, expertise, and care of our Texas Woman’s community. My team is in regular communication with a network of universities and health agencies about the latest developments. We will keep you informed through your email and on the TWU website. Many of you will be going above and beyond your regular work responsibilities as we prepare to serve our students and support each other. I want to thank you for always pulling together through these uncertain times.

I also want to encourage you to follow the guidelines the Emergency Management team sent in previous email messages—wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, etc. Travel sensibly, if necessary, and heed warnings. You can find a more comprehensive set of guidelines on the Texas Woman’s and CDC websites. Several leaders across the university are collaborating to provide additional details to you as needed.

Whether you are taking time off or holding down the fort while co-workers take leave, I want to wish you all the best for rejuvenation—or catching up on saved-up tasks—during this break from our more normal routines.

All my best,

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

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