As we wrap up one of the most difficult semesters many of us have experienced, I want to express my deep appreciation and gratitude to our CWRU community for their perseverance, determination and resilience. Our faculty, staff, and students have worked harder than ever amid the challenging circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic—not only to continue to achieve their goals, but to help keep our community safe.
Reflecting on the many challenges of the semester, I especially want to acknowledge how proud I am of our students—your commitment to following the many COVID-19 protocols, your compliance when planning campus programming and your genuine concern and care for the wellbeing of our community has not gone unnoticed.
I hope the next several weeks offer you a chance to rest after a difficult semester—and year—and that you’re able to begin next semester feeling recharged. Throughout January, University Health and Counseling Services will continue to provide several remote wellness opportunities available to both undergraduate and graduate students, which you’re encouraged to take advantage of. As always, your Navigators are also available to answer any questions you may have leading up to the start of the spring semester.
For our students who are staying on campus over the winter break, the university will still be providing various activities, support resources and some facility access, all of which you can locate on the Student Life website. Students who have returned home are also invited to explore the remote opportunities to stay connected to the CWRU community.
Once again, thank you to our students for all your hard work. Your resiliency, determination and integrity have been a bright spot over the last year. Though our spring semester will present many of the same challenges we faced this fall, I’m confident in our community’s ability to once again confront them with a spirit of cooperation and care.
I wish you a safe and restful winter break, a joyful holiday season and hope for the new year.
Louis W. Stark
Vice President for Student Affairs