Dear UWest Community,

I would like to express my tremendous gratitude to everyone helping us mobilize the entire university in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last many months.

During this challenging time, you have risen to the occasion – with decisive action, inspiring innovation, and remarkable determination.

As faculty members, you have demonstrated your commitment and dedication to our students. You worked rapidly to provide both online and in-person instruction. I know how meaningful your efforts are for our students, and I want you to know how much all of us appreciate your hard work.

I also want to thank and recognize the dedication of our exceptional staff across the university. At a time of great need, you have stepped forward with flexibility, resilience and resolve. You have created a new, efficient and safe process for students to check out books from the library. In addition to keeping our campus clean and safe, you are providing the entire IT infrastructure that is making all of our endeavors possible – from online classes, to Zoom meetings, to Moodle and keeping online instruction running smoothly. Most importantly, you have made sure that everyone gets their paychecks on time.

For many members of our university community, this has been a challenging time. You have had to adjust work schedules and find new solutions for childcare. While words may be of little comfort, I want you to know this: We all see your efforts. We appreciate all of your contributions, and we are all truly grateful for your extraordinary service.

Thank you for your support and your continued commitment as we work together to keep everyone safe and carry out our educational mission.

I wish you all a very blessed Holiday season!  Stay safe and healthy and look forward to a positive year in 2022! 

United in UWest Community Spirit,
President Ta