From Kevin’s Desk: Our Maize & Blueprint (6/26/2020)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

As I’m sure you saw, President Schlissel recently announced our plans for a public health-informed fall semester. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to check out the new Campus Maize & Blueprint website, which will have regularly updated information about the safe reactivation of campus. The president indicated that the fall semester will look a lot different than anything we’ve seen before. Similarly, much remains uncertain for us here in B&F — when will those working remotely return to campus and what will the future of work look like? We don’t have answers to those questions and may not for quite some time. While we are not able to accurately predict what lies ahead, we know the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to impact our campus and our work for the foreseeable future.

We have learned a lot about how many of us can do our work remotely during this situation, and for now, everyone who can work remotely should continue to do so. Reducing the density of people in our buildings will not only help keep folks who must be on campus safe, but it will also help prevent a major resurgence of COVID-19 infections. Thank you for your flexibility, creativity and hard work during this time. Whether you’ve been providing essential services on campus or serving in critical roles at home, your efforts have been invaluable to keeping our community safe.

Be sure to check out the last installment of staff spotlights on our website. This week features profiles from Environment, Health & Safety; Logistics, Transportation & Parking; the Payroll Office; and more.

We are off next Friday, as our nation observes the Independence Day holiday. You’ll hear from me again on Friday, July 10.  Betty and I will be celebrating (appropriately distanced) with our sons, eating BBQ and enjoying the hot Texas summer weather. I hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing and safe 4th of July weekend!

With much appreciation and gratitude,