Friday Week: A Letter to the Faculty

Author: Andy Fuller

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Dear Faculty and Staff:

Letter to the Faculty

Father John Jenkins, Provost Tom Burish, and Provost-Elect Marie Lynn Miranda wrote to the faculty this week to describe the underlying principles that govern the University’s thinking toward the return of in-person classes, the opening of laboratories, and other measures.  Read their letter here.

Research Task Force

A Research Task Force organized by Vice President for Research Robert Bernhard has been established.

Details here.

Letter to the Undergraduate Community

Vice President and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs Rev. Hugh R. Page, Jr. wrote to students “busy completing capstone projects, writing essays, and preparing for final examinations,” and about “…the grace with which you have managed the various educational and related disruptions accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic.”  Read his letter here.

Division of Student Affairs

Yesterday, the Division of Student Affairs shared the seventh edition of its e-newsletter, published every Thursday since the pandemic outbreak and the move to online services.  Here, students will find connections to resources for health and wellness, faith, career development, and student life.  

The University’s Center for Career Development continues to offer assistance with student job searches and summer internship opportunities.  Campus Ministry also continues to offer its Need to Talk program to engage students in whatever might be weighing on them as they prepare for final exams next week. Read the entire e-newsletter here

Assistance at Multiple Levels

As a respected source of advice and support on topics related to science, engineering, and public health, Notre Dame faculty and staff have responded to dozens of requests for assistance with the coronavirus at the local, state, and national levels since the start of the outbreak in January.  Recognizing a need to track and respond to such requests in an orderly manner, faculty and staff from multiple departments, colleges, schools, centers, and institutes recently established the COVID-19 Response Coordination Task Force. Read the story here.  

Forbes Magazine: Mendoza’s Joe Holt

Joe Holt, an ethics professor at the Mendoza College of Business, was invited by Forbes Magazine to write a personal essay on his 12-hour shifts as a volunteer nurse’s aide two nights a week in the intensive care unit at Franciscan Health Olympia Fields, a hospital just south of Chicago.  In the account, Holt wrote, “I have always loved being ‘Professor Holt’ but have found over the years that it does my Bronx Irish soul good now and then to be just some guy who makes the beds and empties the bed pans.” See article here.

Alex Perkins: Study of Social Distancing

Alex Perkins, Eck Family Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and an expert in infectious disease epidemiology and population biology, suggests in a new study that social distancing measures at current levels in many states may need to be maintained until the summer to avoid a potentially deadly resurgence of the coronavirus.  A story by Notre Dame’s Jessica Sieff has attracted interest by the national media.


2020 Football Ticket Information

Key updates on renewal deadlines (extended to June 1) and refund policies (very flexible with multiple options) are available here.


In Notre Dame,

Paul J. Browne

Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications

Originally published by Andy Fuller at on May 01, 2020.