Office of the President

Nov. 9, 2020

Dear William Paterson Students,

In a few short weeks, the semester will come to a close. If you have not already, be sure to reach out to your advisor with respect to registration for next semester. Please know that your advisor, whether a professional advisor or a faculty advisor, will also be available to you over the break, except when the University is closed between December 25 and January 1. Some may have vacations or be on furlough during times when the University is open, however. In those cases, when you see their out-of-office response, it should indicate when they will return and who you should contact in the interim if you have a particular time sensitive need. If in any doubt, you can always contact either the University Advisement Center or your Dean’s Office (see your College’s website for contact information).

This week’s WPWe are Proud – When gauging how the semester is going, I talk often about how long it’s been since our return to campus. Of course, many William Paterson employees never left. From the time in March, when much of our operations went remote, through today, our essential employees have been on campus every day to ensure that it is secure and well-maintained and that our community is safe.

In particular, I want to thank Director of Public Safety and University Police Charles Lowe and his team of police, security officers, guards, and support personnel for ensuring our safety. Charles co-chairs our Reopening Committee, and his team have dealt with many new pandemic-related protocols, including managing the county-wide testing center that operated on campus in the spring and summer. 

Thanks also to Director Jim Shelley and his entire Physical Plant Operations team, and Director Becky Baird and the Residence Life custodians, who have all stepped up to handle the extra work required to prepare the campus for our August return and continue to maintain a clean, safe environment for our community.

Thanks to all our essential workers for everything you do for William Paterson!

Have a great week.

Richard J. Helldobler, Ph.D.
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