Dear Colleagues and Friends of Voiland College,

As the reality of COVID-19 becomes apparent, we have all been thrust into navigating a time of unprecedented challenges.

In the face of these challenges, we are continuing to help our students achieve and make sure that their world-class education continues as normally as possible. We are supporting them in their career aspirations. We care about them deeply and are working to embrace and support them in this time of anxiety.

Our Voiland College community has rapidly come together to make changes to our research, teaching, and student support methods that allow as much work to continue while also protecting the health and safety of our Cougar family.

In accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, we directed our staff and faculty to work remotely and restricted access to buildings, labs, and classrooms. We quickly learned tools to communicate at a distance, transitioned courses from face-to-face delivery to 100 percent online, and moved our teams to working from home.

At the same time, we are working to alleviate our students’ very legitimate concerns as they navigate these unprecedented challenges while also being asked to adapt to a new learning environment. Our academic advisers and Voiland College Student Success Team are providing students with tutoring, advising, and mentoring services over the phone and via Zoom, and we’re communicating regularly to help students get answers to their questions. Our focus is on being kind, creative, and flexible and working with our students to help them succeed in their courses. I am continually amazed by the commitment I see from our faculty and staff to fulfill our mission.

Thank you for your support during these trying times for all of us. Probably more than at any time of our lifetimes, we need the Cougar spirit to help us along. Stay strong. Stay focused. Work together. Help each other.

Please feel free to reach out to me with thoughts, questions, or ideas. As always, we welcome hearing from you.

Go Cougs!

Dean Mary Rezac's signature.
Mary Rezac
Dean, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163

P.S. If you want to help students who may be struggling, WSU has established a fund for their direct and immediate support. Thank you for considering a donation.