Thanks and Gratitude for You
During the last few weeks, all of us have experienced dramatic changes in our work and personal lives, which were unanticipated and unimaginable three weeks ago. No doubt, this will be a Spring Break to remember for years to come as we extended the break to prepare most courses to go online. As we continue to move through these uncertain times, we wanted to reach out to you, our valued faculty and staff colleagues, to offer some important information and guidance for the weeks ahead. A similar letter was emailed to students Sunday with details about services offered remotely as the College transitions to alternate delivery of courses.
Caring for our students
Without question, our focus continues to be ensuring the health and safety of our Aims community and supporting the success of our students. This focus seems to be challenged each day with new information and actions at the national, state, and local levels. Please stay safe and informed. And, as our students return virtually, we ask each of you to exercise the understanding, compassion, patience, and care you would want to receive. Many students may be feeling scared, lonely, confused, and concerned in these uncertain times. And, while a good number of them are likely anxious about their courses moving online, there are those who are facing challenges such as availability of technology. Please know a number of our dedicated colleagues have worked tirelessly to ensure such affected students will have the tools they need to succeed.
Caring for one another
Please do a “morale check” with the students you regularly interact with during this time. Your demonstration of genuine care and kindness will go a long way in making the Aims values come to life. Also, you and your colleagues may be experiencing difficult thoughts and emotions. Please stay connected with one another as you can—be creative. Have coffee with a coworker over Zoom, Microsoft Teams, FaceTime, or another platform. Call to check in. Offer to help a colleague get their course online, work through technologies and software, or offer to help in any other matter. Again, we’re asking you to reach out with the kindness and care you would like to receive. You and your actions are the strength of our Aims community.
Gratitude for you
We are grateful for the strong commitment, hard work, dedication, and creativity all of you are demonstrating as we pivot and adjust to our new reality. As you talk and work with colleagues, please express your gratitude for their tremendous efforts and accomplishments. This is a great opportunity to show patience and kindness as we all adjust to ever-changing circumstances and work through issues which we will resolve.
Thank you, again, for your efforts and tremendous work during this extraordinary time. Together, we will continue to achieve our mission as we provide critical services and support for our students, and one another. In the coming days and weeks, any one of us may stumble here and there—none of us is perfect. So, please extend one another grace and understanding as we learn, grow, and adapt together. If you have questions or experience any challenges, please reach out for help. Here are some resource links which may be useful to you:
You are remarkable! Please, take care of yourselves, your loved ones, your colleagues, and your students.
Dr. Leah L. Bornstein
Dr. Russ Rothamer
Executive Vice President/Provost
Dr. Sarah Wyscaver
Vice President, Student Engagement, Inclusion, and Success
Mr. Chuck Jensen
Vice President, Administrative Service
Mr. Brad Yoder
Chief Information Officer
Ms. Dee Schultz
Executive Director, Human Resources
Ms. Ann Grotness
Executive Assistant to the President