Sent to all student emails April 16, 2020
Eastern Washington University Administrative Updates – 4.16.20
Mary Cullinan, President
David May, Provost, Vice President Academic Affairs
Mary Voves, Vice President, Business and Finance
Rob Sauders, Vice President, Student Affairs
Barb Richey, Vice President, Advancement
As we move forward through spring, executive leadership will continue to provide as much information as possible through a variety of media. Over the last two weeks, we’ve held town halls, provided timely information via email and social media, and continued to update the coronavirus website for faculty, staff, and students as well as for families, alumni, and other external constituencies. We were pleased to see hundreds of participants tuning in to the town halls we’ve held so far. The president and vice presidents plan to hold another town hall next Thursday, April 23, 10:30-11:30 AM (more information to come).
The following are updates on areas about which we’ve received numerous questions during town halls and on the website:
June Commencement ceremonies
We will not hold graduation ceremonies face-to-face in June. This is one of the most difficult decisions the leadership team has made in these trying times. We know how important it is to celebrate the accomplishments of our students. The graduation team has already shifted gears, working on a virtual alternative. As those plans become clearer, we’ll share them with the campus. We will also invite all graduates to walk at future Commencement ceremonies.
Classes will be entirely online for the first summer session (which starts June 22). We’re hopeful that it might be possible to allow limited options for face-to-face offerings during the second summer session (which starts July 20). If the public health situation allows for safely offering some classes, these would remain limited to labs and practicum courses that cannot be taught online for reasons of licensure or program accreditation.
Allowing even a limited number of specific courses will be decided only if we can continue to keep our students, faculty, staff, and communities safe. We will follow guidelines from public health officials or the Governor as we plan for Summer 2020 and for Fall 2020.
The Student Care Team
Please know that the Student Care Team is available to assist students who are having difficulties or need assistance. To centralize the high volume of requests the Student Care Team is receiving, Student Affairs has created two online intake forms.
If you are a student and wish to connect with the Student Care Team, please click Student Intake Form. If you are a concerned faculty, staff, or community member and wish to alert us about a student needing assistance, please click ICARE.
Catalyst Building and Interdisciplinary Science Center
The Catalyst construction has been moving forward on schedule. We’re still planning to move into the building in time for Fall 2020 classes. We’re also developing contingency plans in case there are delays to the schedule.
ISC construction has been halted while we’ve been directed to shelter in place. We’re negotiating with the contractor to resume construction. Although the project has slowed, we’re confident that it will be completed close to its original estimate; however, we don’t know right now when the building will be completed and ready for occupancy.
The EWU Eagle Store, library, URC, and all athletic facilities
These will remain closed through the remainder of the academic year. Please visit their respective websites for information on the limited services they are continuing to provide.
Pence Union Building (PUB)
The PUB remains open for “grab and go” food service at Union Market and is accessible via the second floor entrance only. The laptop kiosk and printer station have been moved from the third floor to the second floor. The first and third floors are restricted to staff only.
AVP for Equity and Inclusion
Every member of university leadership is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campus and in our community. However, the search process for an AVP has been halted while we are sheltering in place.
As we are late in initiating a search process this academic year, and as our campus situation remains uncertain, we’ve decided to find an expert in our own community to help us chart a course toward more diversity, equity, and inclusion and a more welcoming learning environment. The provost and his team are focused on that planning and will have more information shortly.
Meanwhile, the Multicultural Center and the Pride Center continue to function remotely—and will function as normal when face-to-face interactions are possible again.
Giving Joy Day
We’re delighted by the results of Giving Joy Day: $275,805.18 was raised as a final total. We received 370 individual gifts from 279 donors; 191 of the donors were EWU faculty and staff. The donations will help support student scholarships, the food pantry, and the Student Emergency Fund.
Thank you to everyone who donated! The support makes a huge difference for our students.
We continue to learn wonderful stories of ways in which Eastern students, faculty, and staff are going above and beyond during this difficult time—thank you! Be sure to read about them on InsideEWU. Just look for those labeled Eagle Strong.
Students, we miss you! We hope to see you back on campus very soon. We’ll continue to communicate as information becomes available. Please be safe and keep those close to you safe as well.