The Ohio State University at Marion

Dean Rose letter to the Ohio State Marion community

April 13, 2020

Good morning,

As we head into another week of what is becoming at least temporarily a “new normal,” it might be timely to reflect upon how far we have come during the last month or so, not just as a campus doing a complete change in the mode of teaching and learning, but also in terms of how our changes appear to be contributing to the overall efforts to manage and lessen the potential impact of COVID-19 as described in the weekday briefings from Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton.

This is one of those rare occasions when all of us as members of society are called upon to make some significant changes to our normal and daily routines for the larger good. For us as a campus community of students, staff, and faculty, this has meant a great deal of effort to restructure how our courses are delivered, how students learn and engage with and learn course material, and how staff work with students, each other, and faculty. We also know that these changes have disrupted family and economic life, meant lost jobs, and impacted personal, family, and institutional budgets.

But throughout it all and despite the disruption, everyone has shown great and inspiring commitment to each other in working together to make the best of an unprecedented situation. We are keeping each other’s spirits up while pressing forward with our academic responsibilities. We are buoyed by Marion’s mission to continue our campus “culture of caring,” serving students and each other to ensure we continue to provide the best possible Ohio State education.

Thanks to each of you—students, faculty, staff—for all you do to make this possible.