Category: Faculty Updates

Daily Employee COVID-19 Self-Observation Questionnaire

The CDC recommends that all individuals monitor their health for the symptoms of COVID-19. This is especially important if you are leaving your home for purposes of running essential errands or going to the workplace.  

To assist employees (faculty, staff, and student), the University has created a Daily COVID-19 Self-Observation Questionnaire. The purpose of this questionnaire is for you to self-observe your health prior to coming to work each day.

This is a measure put in place to protect yourself and others based on criteria from the CDC. This should be used as a personal tool to help track symptoms and temperature. This document does not need to be submitted to anyone at Lawrence.  

Once you begin your workday, continue to observe yourself for any changes such as fever, coughing and/or difficulty breathing. If you develop symptoms throughout the day, go home, review symptoms, notify your supervisor/department chair, and utilize the CDC self-checker system for further guidance at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html


Looking Forward to Fall: A Message from President Burstein | May 11

Dear Lawrentians,

I hope that you and your loved ones are well in your homes, on campus, across the nation, and around the world. Things are going well on campus. But I miss the energy that Spring Term brings when you are all here:  ensembles and theater performances, senior recitals, athletic competitions, research and art presentations, LUaroo and other community gatherings to attend. Most importantly, I miss the impromptu interactions I had with students, faculty and staff each day. I know I am not alone in a feeling of loss of these truly Lawrentian moments.

With midterms almost complete, we now turn our thoughts to fall and our hopes for gathering again as a community enriched by collaborations and supportive relationships among students, faculty, and staff, and by a campus culture wonderfully alive. We hope to welcome students back to Appleton this fall, if federal and state policies allow, even though we also need to develop contingency plans … just in case. If we are allowed to gather again in September, we will have rules in place that will foster a safer environment in response to the pandemic. We plan to make a final decision about the fall term before the end of July. 

Until then we will continue to make preparations for a reimagined re-union on campus, and a fall experience that embraces both community and physical distance. It is likely that fall term will begin two to three weeks later than our scheduled start date of September 7. This potential change to our academic calendar gives us more time to develop—in association with some of the state’s leading health care researchers and advisors—appropriate protocols to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, as well as the greater Appleton community.

Lawrence’s leadership team, including the President’s Cabinet and COVID-19 Management Team, are currently working with the University’s shared governance to develop a spectrum of scenarios for fall term. The range of scenarios includes on-campus learning as noted above, a second term of distance learning, and a mixed model featuring both on-campus and home-based instruction. Each scenario will aim to provide our students with the best educational experience possible, no matter the circumstances. Last week we announced our plans for summer. You can find that information here. If you have questions about this or any other matter, please reach out to the appropriate office, faculty advisor, or supervisor. Communication is essential as we determine the changes ahead.

COVID-19 is not the first pandemic that Lawrence has had to endure and overcome. The 1918 influenza outbreak also brought with it public health concerns and operational challenges that reached us here in Appleton. While the circumstances 100 years ago might have been different, the impact on teaching and learning for our student body is in many ways the same. We must strive to keep our campus community safe, while also preserving the University’s mission and rich, inclusive learning environment.

Thanks to aggressive state-wide actions, the influenza outbreak took less of a toll in Wisconsin than in other areas of the country. We are also grateful that, just as in 1918, our own current efforts are making a difference in preventing the spread of COVID-19. This success, along with the ingenuity of our students, faculty, and staff, brings me hope. I promise you that the University’s leadership will continue to work to ensure that we keep our community safe and that Lawrence continues to share its light with the world.

Be well and make choices that keep others well.

Yours,

Mark


Physical Distancing is Working | April 22

Dear Lawrentians, 

More than a month since Lawrence announced it was moving to remote learning and nearly three weeks into this unprecedented spring term, we write today to share some good news: our efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 are working!  

Thanks to Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order and our individual commitments to physical distancing, our state has seen a decrease in the exponential growth in the number of COVID-19 cases since the order was put into place on March 25. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the rate of infections doubling moved from 3.4 days in early March to approximately 12 days at this time. In addition, the model created by the DHS projected Wisconsin having between 440 and 1,500 deaths from the 22,000 COVID-19 infections by April 8. As of April 21, 242 individuals have passed away in our state. Every death from this virus is one too many, but our efforts to flatten the curve through physical distancing shows that at least 200 lives, and perhaps as many as 1,400 lives, have been saved. 

Thanks to this news, Governor Evers announced on Monday a plan to safely reopen Wisconsin. Called Badger Bounce Back, the plan outlines a phased reopening of our state, guided by data and an ongoing commitment to continue to limit physical contact between people. As the new plan states, “the challenge is that all of us who have remained safe at home can still become ill if we move too quickly or act without an achievable plan in place.” It is imperative that we continue our collective work to flatten the curve.  

To highlight Lawrence’s commitment to helping mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the University has joined the Be Safe Wisconsin initiative. This group of regional organizations, including Thedacare, Ascension, United Way Fox Cities, Feeding America, and others, is dedicated to amplifying the importance of a sustained commitment to safe behaviors to fight this virus. Visit the Be Safe Wisconsin website to learn more about the organization, explore resources, and pledge to be a leader in the fight against COVID-19. 

As there are no medications or vaccines to protect us from COVID-19 yet, please continue to: 

  • Maintain at least six feet between you and another individual.
  • All individuals working at Lawrence campus are required to wear masks when they are outside or in public areas. If you need a mask please contact your supervisor.
  • Avoid public transportation whenever possible.
  • Limit non-essential travel.
  • Limit social gatherings and avoid crowded venues.
  • Practice good hygiene, disinfect surfaces you touch, and avoid touching your face. 

All of these actions are necessary to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Please also stay in touch over the phone with your family, friends, and fellow Lawrentians as much as possible. Contact us in Wellness Services, reach out to your personal physicians, or take advantage of the employee EAP benefit program if you need any physical or mental health support. More resources are available on the COVID-19 News blog. Please also continue to read the LU Insider, follow Lawrence’s social media channels, and take advantage of community outreach efforts when possible. 

Again, thank you all for your support, resilience, and patience as we weather this unprecedented global emergency. Continue to take care of yourselves and each other.  

Sincerely,
Rich & Jill 

Richard L. Jazdzewski, Psy.D., LP
Associate Dean for Wellness Services 

Jillian Drier
Director of Health Services
Campus Nurse


Lawrence makes residence hall available to city in COVID-19 fight | April 22

Lawrence University is donating the use of Trever Hall to the City of Appleton for the next four months to help in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

Trever is being made available to the city from now until the end of August. It will not be used as a medical facility and will not house COVID-19 patients, but rather will be a space the city can utilize for its personnel as needed.

“All of us are in this fight together,” said Christyn Abaray, assistant to the Lawrence president.

“Providing Trever Hall to our city is a natural step we at Lawrence could take to support our community in this effort.”

No Lawrence students or staff will be in the building. The university has cleaned and prepped the hall and made key-access available to city personnel. The city will provide its own bedding and will be responsible for the ongoing cleaning of the facility. City personnel staying in the hall will have access to the kitchen and laundry facilities, and free wi-fi is being provided.

Trever is well removed from where students on campus during spring term are being housed.

“We purposefully chose a residence hall where there would be limited interaction with our own campus community,” Abaray said.


Important Update from Wellness Services

Dear Lawrence Community, 

 Last Friday, community spread—or spread of the COVID-19 virus for which the source of infection is unknown—was confirmed in Outagamie County and, more recently, in Appleton. With the news, it is even more important that we follow Governor Evers’ Safer-at-Home order and the guidance of our local health department and CDC in order to ensure the safety of our community and mitigate the spread of the virus.  

The most important thing of each of us can do is to practice social distancing. Every Lawrentian needs to continue to do everything we can to help “flatten the curve” by social distancing. As we continue to learn more about the impact of community spread, the ease of which the virus spreads, and the impact of spread from individuals who are not displaying symptoms, social distancing is crucial. 

  • Maintain at least six feet between you and another individual.
  • Avoid public transportation whenever possible.
  • Limit non-essential travel.
  • Limit social gatherings and avoid crowded venues.
  • Practice good hygiene, disinfect surfaces you touch, and avoid touching your face.

These guidelines need to be followed whether you are at work, at home, on campus, or out in the community. We also encourage all members of the community to wear masks whenever they are outside of their home. Lawrence is currently in the process of procuring cloth coverings for students and employees on campus. In the meantime, people are encouraged to make their own out of scarves, bandanas, T-shirts, or other cloth materials. 

Please remember that it is imperative that you stay at home if you are ill.  It is critical that employees do not report to work—and students do not visit campus facilities outside of their residence—while they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath (information on symptoms including atypical symptoms, along with a self-checker, can be found on the Wisconsin Health Connect website). Currently, the CDC recommends that individuals remain at home until at least 72 hours after they are free of fever (100 degrees F or 37.8 degrees C) or signs of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications or at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.  

If you believe you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please call your health care professional immediately. If you are a member of faculty or staff, or a student living off-campus, this means your local health care professional. Students living on campus can reach out to Wellness Services

 As was expected, our campus community is not immune from the impacts of COVID-19. As of this morning, 12 employees are currently self-isolating after potential exposure to the virus. Five students have been self-isolated since the original spread of the virus; one student currently remains in isolation and is expected to leave on April 10. None of the students exhibited signs of the virus.

We will share updates on the impact of the virus on our campus community as needed on the COVID-19 News blog. The blog remains the best source of information about the University’s response to this evolving situation, including a thorough FAQ and links to resources for our community.  

Thank you all for your support, resilience, and patience as we weather this unprecedented global emergency. Please continue to take care of yourselves and each other. 

Sincerely,
Rich 

Richard L. Jazdzewski, Psy.D., LP Associate Dean of Students for Wellness Services


Wear cloth face coverings when out in public | April 6

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that all people use cloth face coverings when out in public.

Lawrence is in the process of procuring cloth coverings for students and workers who remain on campus. In the meantime, people are encouraged to make their own out of scarves, bandanas, T-shirts, or other cloth materials.

The CDC provides answers here to frequently asked questions about cloth masks and why it is now recommending they be used as the rate of community spread increases: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-faq.html

Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams demonstrates here how you can make your own face covering: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI1GxNjAjlw

The CDC notes that surgical masks are in short supply and should be reserved for health care workers or other medical first responders. Cloth face coverings are a next best option.

“In light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms,” the CDC reports on its web site.

Please note that the face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.


Book Deliveries from Mudd | April 2

Greetings from the Mudd!

As you know, the Mudd Library building is closed right now, but the Library staff is working with our friends in the Mailroom to get books to those on campus during spring term 2020. Here’s the deal:

Go to Library OneSearch (http://go.lawrence.edu/onesearch/).

Sign in to your Library account, using the link in the top right-hand corner of the OneSearch screen.

Search for the book you’d like delivered.  

Click on “Place on Hold.” You should get this form:

Fill it out and click on REQUEST.

We’ll find the book, pack it up (wearing gloves, of course), and send it to you through Campus Mail.  Please allow 1-2 days for delivery.

And remember:  We urge you to handle these materials carefully.  There is uncertainty about the length of time the virus can survive on a book—perhaps as long as 1-3 days—so you should consider leaving the mail envelope unopened for 1-3 days from the date you receive it. Stay safe out there…

As always, let us know if you have questions or we can be of help in other ways.

Best,

Your Friends at the Mudd


Spring Term 2020 CAS Tutoring Information for LU Staff & Faculty

Center for Academic Success (CAS) tutors will be available in Term III. Our goal, as in any academic term, is to provide tutoring for all Lawrence students who request assistance. Julie Haurykiewicz and Kelsey Uherka are available to answer questions or provide direct support to both instructors and students throughout the term. 

Instructors, as always, are free to recommend or require certain ways for students to utilize tutoring services (e.g., meeting with a tutor is required before submitting certain assignments) or to set parameters for the type/amount of tutoring assistance permitted (e.g., a tutor may help with problems similar to those in graded homework but may not help with the homework itself). Please be as specific as possible when sharing this type of information with your students. The LU Honor Code will, as always, guide the work of tutors in assisting students. 

All tutoring will take place by appointment (see below for information regarding how students can request a tutor). It will be up to students and their tutors to determine the tutoring logistics that work best for them (date/time, method of connecting [Zoom, FaceTime, email, phone, etc.], frequency of meetings, etc.). 

Instructors will continue to receive a session log update via email each time one of the students in their courses meets with a tutor. 

Currently hired CAS tutors will be asked to complete a survey about whether they want to continue to serve as a tutor in Term III and which courses they are available to tutor. Kelsey and Julie will be happy to share this information with you so that you can list tutors’ names on your course Moodle site and/or recommend specific tutors to your students. 

Please check with Julie and/or Kelsey about which tutors are available to support your courses in Term III. New tutors may be hired as needed. However, only students taking courses in Term III at LU can serve as tutors (e.g., students on leave in Term III are ineligible to be employed as tutors for tax reasons). 

The best ways for students to get connected with a tutor in Term III are as follows: 

1. Students should contact a tutor directly whenever possible. Please list the names of tutors on your course Moodle site. Julie and Kelsey will share tutors’ names with you. 

2. If a student wants to work with the same tutor throughout the term, they can simply make arrangements with the tutor about how meet in an ongoing manner. 

3. To request a tutor more generally (for any subject/assignment in which a tutor has not already been identified), a student can use the tutor request form in Voyager (a direct link is also available on the CAS website and in Voyager under the Student Services tab—>Academic Resources & Services link—>Tutor Request form). Julie and Kelsey will monitor requests in Voyager and assign them to tutors each day. 

4. If a student experiences difficulty in connecting with a tutor, they should contact Julie and Kelsey directly. 

If you have questions or concerns related to tutoring, please contact Julie and/or Kelsey. We will provide a document similar to this one for students. Take care and be well! 


Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Kimberly Barrett: NCFDD Resources for Faculty

Dear Colleagues,

This is a challenging time, and right now, we’re realizing how important it is to rely on the existing connections and resources that are available to us. I’m writing to remind you of our partnership with the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD): www.facultydiversity.org

If you haven’t already activated your free membership through our partnership with NCFDD, you can join online here: www.facultydiversity.org/join

As a member of NCFDD, you have access to these resources: www.facultydiversity.org/membership.

Additionally, NCFDD has developed a list of support resources specific to COVID-19: https://www.facultydiversity.org/covid19.  

NCFDD offers an entirely virtual space where you can learn, connect with other NCFDD members, and access a variety of trainings based on your specific needs. Their online library offers 150+ webinars related to strategic planning, writing & research productivity, work-life balance, and more: https://www.facultydiversity.org/library?page=1.  

With gratitude for your extraordinary dedication,
Kimberly

Provost Kodat: Reaching Out to Our Students | April 1

Dear Colleagues,

With just five days to go before the launch of our virtual spring term, I write with a heartfelt gratitude for the incredible effort you all are making to ensure, as much as possible, that the unique, core attributes of a Lawrence education remain undimmed as we transition to distance learning.

Such a transition demands careful thought, attention, and patience in the best of times. Under the current circumstances, it demands all that, and more: a commitment to fostering community and care, and an undaunted hope for better days to come. The stories I have heard in recent weeks of the creative approaches you are taking to the challenges of the coming term are nothing short of inspiring. Thank you.

Several of you have reached out to your students to guide them through this transition, offering advice and reassurance. I know that these direct gestures have been tremendously helpful for many of our students and families, instilling confidence and, yes, courage. If you have not yet reached out to your students, I urge you to do so. It’s a small gesture, but it can make a tremendous difference for a student who is hesitant to continue.

I have never been prouder of this University. Thank you again for everything you’ve done so far and will do in the days ahead.

Stay well,

Katie

Catherine Gunther Kodat

Provost and Dean of the Faculty