Students, let’s finish our semester strong

October 21, 2020

In the next five weeks as we finish the semester and the seasons change with winter approaching, we cannot get fatigued with the work of keeping ourselves, our greater community and each other safe.

  1. Watch the video linked above to hear my full message on staying dedicated and finishing strong. Below is the transcript of this video.
  2. Read a very important message from Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Laurie Bellows and remember that every student and student organization is expected to put safety first.

We’ve come successfully this far. Let’s stay dedicated and finish strong. It will continue to take all of us, but I know we can do it and that I can count on you to be fully Cornhusker Committed.

Thank you for your sacrifices, your focus, and your commitment.

Ronnie D. Green, Ph.D.
Chancellor

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

We are in week 10 of our fall semester together on campus in person as much as possible, and you absolutely deserve a Husker High Five.

Our Cornhusker Commitment to each other has helped us navigate the challenges and risks of the global pandemic and has been important in exceeding expectations.

Social distancing is really hard, largely against our greater nature as human beings. And I know it is especially hard for you as collegiate scholars – as I have said many times over the past 7 months – none of us chose to be living in a global pandemic unlike any in over 100 years – and especially you at this pinnacle educational moment in your lives.

We haven’t been perfect, we’ve had a few moments where we didn’t live up to our standards, ones that highlighted the need to do better. And we have.

But in these unprecedented circumstances you’ve worked hard, you’ve learned the protocols and, in most all cases, have adapted well to the requirements needed to keep ourselves and each other safe – to do public good for all of us and the greater community.

I’m especially pleased that we haven’t seen the large outbreaks of COVID-19 cases so many other universities have. Thank you for your sacrifices, your focus, and your commitment. But we aren’t done yet.

In the next five weeks as we finish the semester and the seasons change with winter approaching, we cannot get fatigued with the work of keeping ourselves, our greater community and each other safe. Let’s all stay vigilant and finish our semester on campus strong.

We must remember, COVID-19 will not take a break. Not for a Husker football watch party ignoring recommended health guidelines. Not for a night at a crowded bar. And not for Halloween.

Appropriately and always masking up, maintaining social distance, good hygiene and getting tested is how we all win.

It is particularly important that you be tested if you are symptomatic. Or if you’re invited to participate in our random mitigation testing. We can only help contain this disease, and keep our community safe, when we know who has been impacted and can do the critical contact tracing to inform others of their risk.

We’ve come successfully this far, and now we have just five more weeks. Let’s stay dedicated and finish strong. It will continue to take all of us, but I know we can do it and that I can count on you to be fully Cornhusker Committed.

Go Big Red.