COVID-19 College Update #4

Today, I’ll provide several quick updates and then leave you with a “long game” thought.

Communications – we are doing the best we can to consolidate communications coming from PVCC as well as ensuring that all of you are aware of what is being sent to students. As systemic issues arise, you can continue to expect getting updates from the Chancellor. Given that this total virtual world is new to us, please be patient as we “figure this out.”

Direct Access to Leadership – This week, I will be available on Wednesday, March 25 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. through Google Hangouts.  Click this “Join Hangouts Meet”  or use the telephone to dial 1 (262) 563-8344 and then enter the pin number (892617290) followed by the # sign.

PVCC Shows Love – Thursday, March 26 from 1:00 pm. – 3:00 p.m., PVCC is hosting, in partnership with St. Mary’s Food Bank, an emergency Food Box Distribution. Please alert interested students and community members.

Retaining our In-person Students – your collective efforts to reach out to our in-person students during this learning pause is very much appreciated. I can only imagine their angst and your personal touches make a huge difference. Thank you.

Thinking About our Shared Future –  Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote a compelling piece in Sunday’s New York Times Review section from which I’ve contextualized her words for our local situation. She argued “We must mitigate the rising panic as we contemplate the possibility that millions of Americans will simply not have a paycheck as local economies shut down. We can also rediscover what is possible and what we are capable of as a {college}. We can use this crisis to create a better {PVCC.}” While I know that our current attention is on the stark realities of moving an entire in-person class schedule online, serving students in a virtual space, and moving the workforce to telecommute mode, collectively as time permits, let’s begin to place some of our intellectual capital to the future possibilities.

Be well.