Dear UWest Community:

We have now arrived in the middle of May.  In two weeks we will bid the students farewell for the summer and send the graduates off with best wishes.  Faculty will be on duty until June 15; and we know how much work they will be attending, to close up the 2019-20 academic year.  There will be a couple of months for the faculty to take a breather.  The change to remote teaching has not been easy, but the faculty and students have made it happen.  All of us had to adapt to the new normal instantaneously.  It looks like “Safe at Home” order may be extended in Los Angeles County.  Wearing masks outside the home is now mandatory. However, there is movement to open up some.

Even though I mentioned in the last week’s letter that summer session shall be conducted completely online. Due to popular demands from students, BUS 320, Organization and Management, will be offered as a remotely taught class with a set schedule.  Let’s hope we have a great group of students taking it.  Exception sometimes works well especially during this unprecedented time and we are glad that we can help the students!

Once again, some of you asked about the fall semester, 2020.  As I indicated in the last week’s Friday Letter, we will offer instruction remotely via a few different strategies and will include fully online courses.  We know that many of our students will not be able to return in a timely fashion.  In the event, they do, we will be very happy to see them.

Please be advised that the Dining Hall will serve meals through Sunday, May 31, 2020.  There will be no food services on campus throughout the summer months.  Please make sure that you are prepared in case you are working on campus.  The University will remain open for University business only.

The campus seems to grow quieter each day.  We thank all the staff at General Services who are always on campus and work so hard each day to make sure the campus is clean and disinfected.  We thank all the faculty and staff as well Residence Assistants who have taken care of many of functions of our University!

I am sending  you off to the weekend with this: https://www.leadershipnow.com/leadingblog/2020/05/the_1_leadership_skill_for_the.html = The #1 Leadership Skill for the “Covid19 War” – Inner Peace.  Have a great weekend!  Enjoy the wonderful weather…

Sincerely,

Dr. Chou

Chiung-Sally Chou, Ph.D.

Interim President