Message from the President to Staff

March 13, 2020

Dear UM Staff,

First, thank you all for the incredible job you do every day on campus – from our facilities staff who are working hard to keep our campus spaces clean, to our frontline staff fielding questions, to our backroom staff who pay the bills, process forms and keep everything running. We simply could not function without each of your contributions every day. I am deeply humbled by your continued effort day in and day out. I am honored to serve alongside you.

This is a tough time, to be sure. The disruptions on campus and in our lives cause a great deal of anxiety and stress. However, I am confident that our UM family will weather this together and come out stronger on the other side. As I look around campus, I see staff stopping to check in with students and offering support. I see financial aid staff staying late to help one more student. I see custodians cleaning door handles in an effort to keep them as clean as possible. And I see Curry Health Center staff working to ensure our clinic is staffed, stocked and ready to serve our students with the latest procedures to help combat COVID-19.

We are working through this together because that is what we do at UM. I am grateful for the way our community has come together, and I am inspired by the way our staff have responded with care toward our students and one another. These are the behaviors that will carry us through.

We have put together some resources for you. The first is our one-stop COVID-19 resource page. Please bookmark the UM Coronavirus Information page and check it often. This is where we will post all campus communications, updates, news and FAQs.

Then, we compiled information just for our hard-working staff. Our Keep on Working site provides the pertinent information you need to work through the COVID-19 situation and to prepare for most situations. We will update this regularly to ensure answers to questions reflect the new information we are learning each day. Thank you, again, for all you do as members of the UM family. 

Seth