A message to students from the faculty

May 7, 2020

Dear students,

I hope this message finds you and your family healthy and safe as we continue to take the necessary precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

As final exam week approaches in this most unusual of semesters, I, along with the entire Academic Affairs Leadership Council, made up of faculty administrators and directors reporting to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, would like to offer a brief note of support, and remind you of available resources.

The faculty and staff continue to work hard to ensure that course content is delivered and learning objectives are met. We also recognize and understand the challenges some of you continue to face. We know you may be struggling with aspects of online delivery; shouldering responsibility for the care of siblings or older relatives; or working a job out of necessity. We know you are missing your community of friends, classmates, faculty and staff on campus in De Pere. Know that we speak on behalf of all campus constituencies to reciprocate that sentiment. For the graduating seniors, especially, the rescheduling or cancellation of events and traditions that celebrate your many accomplishments leaves us heartbroken.

The currently oft-mentioned statement, "We're all in this together," may sound like hyperbole, and while it is certainly difficult to recognize or maintain the spirit of community we cherish at St. Norbert, we will continue to embrace this challenge together, living communio as part of a unique but temporary virtual community of friends and scholars. We will indeed get through this together.

To that end, we want you to finish the semester strong. Approach your last assignments and presentations with care and confidence; and prepare for final exams with diligence and planning. In addition, be compassionate with others and mindful of your own well-being: take time for yourself to do things you enjoy, and stay connected with family, friends, and of course your favorite faculty and staff at SNC.

If you are feeling overwhelming anxiety, you are not alone, and Counseling & Psychological Services continues to be available to help you deal with the current challenges and uncertainty. We urge you to reach out to your professors or advisor if you are struggling in any courses. A reminder that the office of academic success, support and accessibility are operating as normal, including teaching assistants, academic peer mentors, and tutoring services. The Library's Research Center continues to be staffed to assist you with research for assignments and projects. Virtual appointments can still be made with the Writing Center. Information Technology Services remains available to aid with technology and software. Concerns about a specific course should be directed to the divisional dean who oversees that course (see below).

In other words, if you need help, please do not hesitate to ask for it. The wish of all faculty and staff in Academic Affairs
is to help you succeed. Please reach out with any questions or concerns.


Dr. Cyndi Ochsner
Faculty Chair
On behalf of the Academic Affair Leadership Council

Divisional Deans:
Dr. Stephan Rupsch, Visual and Performing Arts
Dr. Dan Heiser, Schneider School of Business and Economics
Dr. Dave Bailey, Natural Sciences
Dr. John Dose, Social Sciences
Dr. Paul Johnson, Humanities