Dear students, faculty, and staff,
Good morning. The past few weeks have brought many changes for our campus, our city, our state, and our nation. Through this, we are gaining a greater appreciation for each other as well as the things that are most important to us in life.
Governor Edwards’ announcement Sunday that Louisiana’s residents would go to a Stay at Home status through mid-April accelerated more change on our campus, but I know our community is ready to face these challenges too.
Let me reiterate to everyone – Louisiana Tech is not closed. We will continue to provide services that are integral to our students’ health, safety, and success as well as those services that ensure our University continues to do business like issue payroll checks, get students refunds on their financial aid, provide counseling and student services, and provide for continuity of all academic operations.
No matter where our students, faculty, and staff members are, we will continue to be one Tech Family, and each day I appreciate the hard work and dedication you have all put into this quarter. It will pay off, I promise.
I know that everyone is ramping up very quickly with the new online and remote learning systems and resources. There are challenges for both the professors and students. I encourage you to remain patient and be understanding of each other’s challenges in this new learning environment. Continue to give and receive feedback from each other to ensure that effective learning continues throughout the quarter.
Now for some serious business – I expect each of you to follow Gov. John Bel Edwards’ directives for us so that we can flatten that coronavirus curve and get back to campus. You can make essential trips, like to the grocery store or pharmacy. You can support our local restaurants by ordering take-out, and you can enjoy nature as long as you maintain a safe distance of six feet between you and other people.
Continue to wash your hands and properly cover your coughs and sneezes. Take care of yourself, and stay home!
Here are the latest updates and information about our response to the COVID-19 outbreak:
Student worker information
If you are a supervisor for student worker employment, please check your email for guidance on new procedures. I want to encourage you to work with your student workers to assist them through this new process of online supervision and oversight. It is our intent to keep our student workers employed at this time if at all possible. If you have additional questions after you receive the information from Financial Aid, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification.
Louisiana Tech’s Good Nutrition Mission Food Pantry will be open one final day — Tuesday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — before closing until further notice. Students who will need food items for the next few weeks are encouraged to visit the pantry (Carson Taylor Hall Room 152) during these times to collect supplies. There is no cost, and volunteers will be present to help.
Timesheets, leave reports
Human Resources and Finance are working on making online timesheets as well as attendance and leave reports for employees. We hope to have these reports available for completion online in the next pay period.
One again, thank you all for your commitment to excellence. I hope your week goes well, and please reach out if you need any help at all as we maneuver through this new normal.