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Our new normal

March 23, 2020

I’m sure many of you have already heard New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s address earlier today, instructing everyone in our state who can to stay at home to combat the spread of COVID-19. NMSU has been in compliance with this directive for a while now, declaring an early spring break for our students, instructing all of our employees to work from home and working with our faculty to retool our classes to deliver them online beginning March 30. 
We’re now starting our second week since this pandemic fundamentally changed the way we do business as a university (and as a country). I believe we are now beginning to fully appreciate how challenging this will be. We’re not sure how long this will last, but it’s likely that our environment will be very different going forward. During this time, I want to keep three principles in mind for everyone at our university:
  1. We must ensure that our students, faculty and staff are safe and secure; 
  2. We will work to continue with academic progress, to the fullest extent possible;
  3. As we start doing things differently, we need to consider what we’ve learned during this process, which can make our university better and stronger going forward. 
Each day, I hear new stories about how members of our university community across the entire NMSU system are doing incredible, sometimes heroic work. We continue to feed and house our students who are living here on campus. We’re making digital resources for learning and for work available to our students and employees at a rapid pace. Our efforts to move courses online might have taken years, but we’re accomplishing much of that conversion in just weeks. People are taking this very seriously, and it shows we’re capable of doing extraordinary things. 
Thank you to everyone involved with this process at every level. We’ll continue to keep everyone posted throughout the week.

- Dan
Office of the Chancellor
BE BOLD. Shape the Future. 
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