At the beginning of this semester, none of us would have imagined the incredible change we would go through. I could not be more proud of how you have all rallied with the transition to online learning – you’ve definitely shown your grit and your determination.
I have been so incredibly proud at how our UNL community of students, faculty and staff have led through the change of this tumultuous semester. In January, none of us could have imagined that this would transpire. Yet we were able to transition quickly into an online learning environment and largely emptying our campus of our people. We have accomplished this feat more smoothly and efficiently than many other universities in the country. That is due to each and every one of you – thank you!
Earlier today, President Carter announced that the University of Nebraska system will have plans in place to be open for in-person learning in the fall. I want to reiterate that – UNL will be open in the fall for in-person instruction.
I know the current time is one that is unlike any that we've ever experienced before. And now that we're just a couple of weeks into this new reality of remote access and remote instruction for all of you in our student body – our undergraduate students, our graduate students, our professional students across the University of Nebraska–Lincoln – I just wanted to do a shout-out and say thank you.
Here we are in the middle of April, in a challenge that none of us have ever really experienced in our lifetime. I wanted to just pause and take a moment here to say thank you – thank each of you as members of the faculty of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, who from mid-March forward have stepped up in ways that are just astounding. To pivot our instruction to all-remote access, to continue our research activities, to continue our engagement activities and to meet our mission as a world-leading land-grant university.
We are about a month into the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, globally, here in Lincoln and on our campus.
I want to just pause and take a moment to thank all of you as members of the professional staff of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, in how you've been able to pivot and use your resilience to continue to deliver our mission across all of the university. From depopulating University Housing and Dining of over 5,000 students over a 10-day period without incident, to protecting our campus, to protecting our people, to allowing us to continue to deliver on our educational and research missions. I can't thank you enough for the roles that you're all playing.