This week has been a particularly extraordinary one for our university and our world. There has been constant change, an absence of any routine, and an ever-increasing degree of separation. These are the hallmarks of our global pandemic existence.
Although these new realities have jolted us out of our comfort zones in ways most of us have never experienced,
we as humans are highly adaptable. This new world order is forcing us to become even more dynamic and nimble in how we approach both our personal and professional lives. The magnitude of this event will surely leave its mark on all of us. Yet right now, at this moment, despite everything we know becoming increasingly limited, postponed or cancelled, life has not been cancelled! We can continue to speak on the phone, video chat, go outside, hike, walk, bicycle, meditate and of course teach! Moreover, no matter how great this global crisis,
we must not lose sight of what is truly important in our lives: our families, our friends, our faith and our service to others.
I realize the many logistical changes in campus operations, curriculum delivery and modification of training has challenged us in new ways as individuals and as a campus community. I deeply appreciate the response of our entire faculty and staff who are assuring the continuation of our students' learning. Our faculty, staff and administrators have come together in short order to see that Kansas City University's
endures. I especially want to thank our faculty and staff who are on the frontlines of this crisis.
These physicians, psychologists, nurses, scientists and others are the true heroes, for amidst the turmoil they are going into harm's way to improve the well-being of the communities we serve.
Each of you make me proud to be a member of the KCU Team!
Indeed, the days and weeks ahead will be difficult. We will all know colleagues, family and friends who will become infected with the COVID-19 virus. Most will improve with basic supportive care. Others will need more extensive care from a health system that is being stretched beyond its capacity. Do what you can to provide support. Check on your family, friends and colleagues frequently. Staying connected will be essential during this time of social distancing. Remember, KCU has mental health resources available for employees who may be feeling isolated, overwhelmed or depressed. Visit
for more information on our Employee Assistance Program.
Stay true to our university's
as a framework for how we cope with this crisis. These guiding principles have served KCU well over the years and will strengthen our resolve in meeting this public health challenge:
Integrity, Compassion, Excellence, Collaboration,
Intellectual Curiosity, Innovation, Heritage
Once again, thank you for all you do for our community, this university and most importantly, our students. KCU remains committed to the well-being of our entire campus community and together we will persevere. During this stressful and challenging time, how we choose to respond will define our character as individuals, as an institution and as a nation for all of time. This can indeed be our finest hour!