October 19, 2020
Dear William Paterson Community,
As we move into mid-terms, I hope everyone is doing well academically, professionally, and personally. I am proud of the entire William Paterson community for adapting well to campus life under a pandemic, and I am always mindful of the extra mental and physical efforts we are all making to do our work while keeping each other safe. If you feel that these efforts are taking an unusually high toll, please take advantage of the resources available to students, through the Counseling, Health & Wellness Center, and employees, through the Employee Assistance Program or your doctor. Thank you all for demonstrating every day what Will. Power. is all about.
Students, with enrollment for the Spring 2021 semester and Summer 2021 term fast approaching on November 2, I encourage you all to have a plan for re-enrolling. Please bear in mind that our early end to the Fall semester at Thanksgiving means that the break between semesters will be unusually long – nearly two months. While I hope “out of sight” of campus, classmates, and instructors doesn’t mean “out of mind,” I recognize that you all have busy lives and that it can be easy to put off even important things. However, to ensure you get the courses you need and want and that they are being delivered in a format that works for you, I strongly suggest you enroll as early as you can, beginning November 2.
I know many of you have told me that we did not deliver on our promise of face-to-face opportunities in the Fall semester and that for some, your schedule was totally online. In the Spring semester, you will be able to see the delivery mode of the course before you register. You can help us by registering for the course in the format you want (HyFlex, hybrid, or online). Also know that the Winter Term has extensive online options. Some additional six-week online courses are being added now to take advantage of the longer break period, which means that students will be able to take two courses in the Winter Term, where they would typically take just one.
I recently got my flu shot, and I encourage everyone to do the same. It is especially important this year, as widespread vaccination against the seasonal flu will help keep the William Paterson community healthy and safe, while also preventing a strain on hospitals that are busy coping with the pandemic. Thanks to nursing student Justin Quiles and the Department of Nursing for helping me #FighttheFluNJ!