Meditations and Musings

Meditations and Musings

— Chancellor's Blog —

The Convergence of Crises

In the midst of the COVID pandemic, on May 25, 2020, George Floyd was killed during an arrest by the Minneapolis Police Department. The days and months that followed brought to the surface the chronic malignant disease of racism that has plagued our nation.

Answering the Toughest Questions as We Prepared for Fall

During the spring, as the reality of the nature and ramifications of a major global pandemic began to set in, the questions became much harder – and considerably more complex.

The Pandemic Pivot of March 2020

In the first M&M, I mentioned that March 11-13th are three days permanently burnt into my memory. In the span of those days, we worked to operationalize the reality of COVID-19’s initial arrival to Nebraska and Lincoln and announced drastic measures to safeguard our university community while continuing our educational mission in the midst of global chaos and uncertainty.

First Reflection

Last week, it hit me that we’ve crossed the six-month anniversary of the “new normal” of our University operations and delivery on our three-part mission – from March 30 when we began “remote instruction” for the remainder of the spring 2020 academic term. There has been tremendous “water under the bridge” in those six months – and much of it needs to be chronicled and preserved.