Dear Colleagues,

In my liaison role with WSU Incident Command Group, I will continue to share important information about WSU’s COVID-19 response as it arises.

As such, I’m inviting you to attend a VCEA Town Hall TODAY at 10 AM in ETRL 101, where you’ll get an update on what’s happening around the college and university and have a chance to ask me questions about any concerns you may have about COVID-19 and WSU’s response.

The meeting is also available on Zoom.

On-Line Course Delivery & Training

Much of this week’s focus will be to prepare for on-line course delivery. In that regard, WSU continues to build a comprehensive resource for on-line learning tools at its Options for Virtual Labs and Simulations for Laboratory-Based Courses website.

In addition, Voiland College and AOI have scheduled a Panopto Training Session TODAY from 3:00-4:00 p.m. to go through Panopto and Zoom, where participants will receive specific details about using a document camera in the classroom.

Voiland College has also purchased a number of easy-to-use V4K ultra high definition USB document cameras by IPEVO that are available through your school/department’s main office.

Consider learning how to use these before you need to use them. Look for announcements with specific training information on how to use these cameras in the near future.

As we learn and explore online teaching options, there are likely to be many questions that will arise. Feel free to discuss concerns you may have with the training team, your unit leader, or myself to resolve them as quickly as possible.

Support for Students

As many of you already know, COVID-19 can be a stressful and uncertain time, especially for our students, some of whom may be ill – after all, this is cold and flu season! As always, please continue to provide them with as much support as possible.

If you have students in your courses that are sick – or report that they are sick, please know that WSU is currently operating under a modified policy that does not require a doctor’s note for absences. Please work with the students to identify a means for assignment completion.

Encourage students who are feeling unwell to seek support from Cougar Health Services. CHS will gather data that could be used for epidemiology tracking, should that become necessary.

I will continue to keep you informed of our response to COVID-19, and I encourage you to look for regular updates and FAQs on WSU’s COVID-19 website. You can always send your questions and suggestions to WSU’s dedicated COVID-9 email COVID-19.info@wsu.edu.

Be Safe Cougs!

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Mary Rezac (she/her/hers)
Dean, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
Washington State University
Email: mary.rezac@wsu.edu
Phone: 509-335-5593
Twitter: @VCEA_Dean
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