A message from Dean Laurie Elish-Piper

Laurie Elish-Piper
Laurie Elish-Piper

At the end of this week, as we welcome the arrival of May, it’s hard to believe the end of the semester is already in sight. Classes are almost over; final exams are on the horizon; mounds of grading will need to be completed.

As you are reading this message, many of our students are reading an email I sent to them today.

My message was to stay positive. Stay focused. Stay determined. I encouraged them to finish strong. I reminded them that Huskies never quit, and by working together, I’m confident we’ve all “got this.” I reiterated that we are all here to help and support them.

This very message of encouragement is what I also want to share with you. I hope you will continue to offer generous amounts of kindness and grace to your students, colleagues, friends, and family members as well as to yourself. In these difficult and uncertain times, all of us can benefit from this support, reassurance and encouragement.

As we conclude the spring semester and shift our focus to summer classes, it is only natural to look ahead and start thinking about what fall will bring. Please know that our university and college leadership teams are actively planning for numerous scenarios so that we can be as prepared as possible. We likely will not know our definitive plans until early summer, so I ask for your patience as we continue to navigate these challenging times together.

I hope you enjoy the stories in our Ed News publication today – positive features of our students, alumni and faculty. I am so proud of all we continue to accomplish – even in these incredibly challenging times.

My best,


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