Office of the President

December 5, 2022

Dear William Paterson Faculty and Staff,

It was great to see so many of you at last week’s holiday reception at Hobart Manor, which was decorated in its traditional seasonal finery. Thanks to Maira Padula and everyone else in my office for helping to organize a great event, to Meredith Makkai, her IA colleagues, and student workers for making the Manor look so beautiful, and to everyone who attended the reception.

As we begin the final week of the Fall 2022 semester, I want to look ahead to the period between its close and when we will begin ramping up for the Spring 2023 semester. From December 12, 2022 to January 17, 2023, eligible staff can make arrangements with their supervisors to combine remote work days with their on-campus work, provided all offices have the necessary operational coverage at all times. As was communicated previously, the University will be closed from Saturday, December 24 through Monday, January 2, reopening on Tuesday, January 3.

As a reminder, the Spring semester begins on Monday, January 23, 2023. Vice Presidents and department heads will work with staff to determine the best arrangement for each operational area. Our goal is to take advantage of the time our students are away from campus to give employees greater flexibility over the holiday period while also ensuring that our important work continues.

Also as a reminder, these update emails will shift from weekly to every other Monday, beginning with the Spring semester. Next week’s email, on Monday, December 12, will be the last one of the year. As always, I will continue to communicate with the campus community outside of this regular schedule when circumstances warrant.

This week’s WPWe are Proud – William Paterson’s longtime dedication to environmental sustainability has been recognized by The Princeton Review, which included us on its new “Guide to Green Schools: 2023.” The University is committed to becoming a fully green institution through conservation, efficiency, and education. We are making progress toward this goal on many fronts, including a solar panel installation that is among the Top 10 largest solar installations of all four-year colleges/universities nationwide and ensuring that energy efficiency is a priority in all our campus construction and renovation projects, including University Hall, which received a LEED Gold designation from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Have a great final week of the semester.


Richard J. Helldobler, Ph.D.
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